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Professor of Geohazards in the Department of Earth Sciences+44 (0) 191 33 42286


2013 – present — Professor of Geohazards, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University.

2012 – 2013 — Senior Research Scientist, Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Davos

2012 — Research Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia

2011 – present — Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson Granular and fluid dynamics on Earth and other planetary bodies.

2001 – 2012 — Senior Research Associate, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. Royal Society University Research Fellowship and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Advanced Research Fellowship

2003 – 2005 — Visiting Scientist, Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Davos.

1996 – 2001 — European Union Research Fellow, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University

Conferences and Workshops

2009 — co-Chair; Institute of Mathematics Granular Dynamics Workshop, Cambridge.

2009 — Scientific Committee; KITP programme on Granular Matter.


2004 — EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (PI)

2001 — Royal Society University Research Fellowship (PI)

Recent and Current Grants

2012 — Swiss Science Foundation

"High Resolution Radar Imaging of Snow Avalanches"

2012 — WSL

"Advanced Radar Imaging and Air Pressure Analysis of Snow Avalanches"

2010 — The Royal Society

"The Dynamics of Washboard Road"

2008 — NERC Standard grant

"Geophysical Flow Dynamics Using Pulsed Doppler Radar"

2008 — US Department of Defense

"The Role of eIF4E Activity in Breast Cancer"

Research interests

  • Avalanches
  • Turbidity Currents
  • Segregation
  • Gravity Currents
  • Granular Flows
  • Debris Flows
  • Two-Phase Flows


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