Department of Geography
Professor Timothy T Barrows
- Qualifications: BSc(Hons) (1996); PhD Quaternary Geology (2001)
- Role Title: Professor of Environmental Change
- Address: Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
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- Email: email@example.com
- Department: Department of Geography
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
I graduated with a BSc (first class Honours) from the Australian National University. I received an Australian Postgraduate Award and John Conrad Jaeger Scholarship and completed a PhD at the Research School of Earth Sciences. This also included a semester at the Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington. I was awarded the Robert Hill Prize in 2000 for outstanding PhD research and communication of science. I spent my first postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado. Subsequently, I spent 5 years as an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a Research Fellow at the Department of Nuclear Physics, The Australian National University. I lectured at the University of Exeter from 2009 to 2017. I was appointed at the University of Portsmouth in 2018. I hold a joint appointment as a Future Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
I have eight years teaching experience in geochronology, geomorphology, glaciology and climate change. I have led 5 residential field trips to Iceland to study glacial geomorphology and climate change.
My research interests fall within the following main areas:
- Geochronology (using cosmogenic nuclides to solve dating problems. I also use optically stimulated luminescence and radiocarbon to date past environmental change)
- Geomorphology (determining the magnitude of past environmental change using the extent of former glaciers, periglacial landscapes, aeolian landforms and lake levels)
- Photogrammetry (creating 3D models of the landscape and objects)
- Palaeoceanography (especially using planktonic foraminifera to reconstruct past sea-surface temperature through transfer functions)
- Data archaeology (especially rescuing data sets, databases and visualising big data)