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Dr Robert Storrar

Principal Lecturer in Physical Geography; Head of Research, Department of the Natural and Built Environment


Summary

Rob Storrar is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography. His research interests are in glaciology and glacial geomorphology. He is second year tutor for BSc Geography and leader of the second year Iceland field trip option.

About

I graduated with a BSc in Physical Geography from the University of Reading, an MSc in Quaternary Science from Royal Holloway, University of London and UCL, and a PhD in Glacial Geomorphology from Durham University (Reconstructing subglacial meltwater dynamics from the spatial and temporal variation in the form and pattern of eskers).

Following my PhD I worked as a Lecturer in Physical Geography (Quaternary Science) at Queen Mary University of London, before joining the Department of the Natural and Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University in 2015.

Teaching

I currently teach on the following modules:

Level 4
Introduction to Physical Geography
Introduction to Fieldwork

Level 5 (year tutor for BSc Geography)

Glaciers and Glaciation (module leader)
International Fieldwork (Iceland trip leader)
Research Methods in Environmental, Geographical and Social Sciences (module leader)
Fluvial Geomorphology and Hydrology

Level 6

Quaternary Environmental Change
Natural Hazards
Dissertation

Level 7
Remote Sensing
GIS and the Environment


I currently teach on the following modules

Level 4

Introduction to Physical Geography (module leader)
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Fieldwork

Level 5 (year tutor for BSc Geography)

Glaciers and Glaciation (module leader)
International Fieldwork (Iceland trip leader)
Real World Research
Fluvial Geomorphology and Hydrology

Level 6

Quaternary Environmental Change
Natural Hazards
Dissertation

Level 7

Remote Sensing
GIS and the Environment

Research

I am interested in glaciers, and the landscapes they leave behind, at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. My research focuses predominantly on understanding the dynamics and hydrology of glacial systems, from contemporary individual Icelandic glaciers to the ancient continental ice sheets of the late Quaternary. In particular I am interested in the fluctuations of large ice sheets over millennial timescales and what controls their dynamism, especially the importance of meltwater. Understanding ancient systems can be used to predict how modern ice sheets might respond to a changing climate. I employ a combination of remote sensing, GIS and fieldwork methods.

Current research projects

3-dimensional properties of eskers in Finland
Glacial geomorphology of the Ladakh area, Indian Himalayas
GPR investigation of esker sediments in Ireland and Svalbard
Ice flow dynamics of Breiðamerkurjökull, SE Iceland
Modelling subglacial meltwater flow at Breiðamerkurjökull, SE Iceland
Subglacial meltwater drainage in northern Canada

Publications

Journal articles

Stoker, B., Livingstone, S., Barr, I., Ruffell, A., Storrar, R., & Roberson, S. (2021). Variations in esker morphology and internal architecture record time-transgressive deposition during ice margin retreat in Northern Ireland. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2021.03.002

Butcher, F.E.G., Balme, M.R., Conway, S.J., Gallagher, C., Arnold, N.S., Storrar, R., ... Davis, J.M. (2020). Sinuous ridges in Chukhung crater, Tempe Terra, Mars: Implications for fluvial, glacial, and glaciofluvial activity. Icarus, 357, 114131. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2020.114131

Lewington, E.L.M., Livingstone, S.J., Clark, C.D., Sole, A.J., & Storrar, R. (2020). A model for interaction between conduits and surrounding hydraulically connected distributed drainage based on geomorphological evidence from Keewatin, Canada. Cryosphere, 14 (9), 2949-2976. http://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2949-2020

Livingstone, S.J., Lewington, E.L.M., Clark, C.D., Storrar, R.D., Sole, A.J., McMartin, I., ... Ng, F. (2020). A quasi-annual record of time-transgressive esker formation: implicationsfor ice sheet reconstruction and subglacial hydrology. The Cryosphere, 14 (6). http://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1989-2020

Livingstone, S.J., Lewington, E.L.M., Clark, C.D., Storrar, R.D., Sole, A.J., McMartin, I., ... Ng, F. (2020). A quasi-annual record of time-transgressive esker formation: implicationsfor ice sheet reconstruction and subglacial hydrology. The Cryosphere, 14 (6). http://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-1989-2020

Butcher, F., Balme, M., Conway, S., Gallagher, C., Arnold, N., Storrar, R., ... Hagermann, A. (2020). Morphometry of a glacier-linked esker in NW Tempe Terra, Mars, and implications for sediment-discharge dynamics of subglacial drainage. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 542 (116325). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X20302697

Storrar, R., Ewertowski, M., Tomczyk, A.M., Barr, I.D., Livingstone, S.J., Ruffell, A., ... Evans, D.J.A. (2020). Equifinality and preservation potential of complex eskers. Boreas, 49 (1). http://doi.org/10.1111/bor.12414

Livingstone, S.J., Sole, A.J., Storrar, R.D., Harrison, D., Ross, N., & Bowling, J. (2019). Brief Communication: Outburst floods triggered by periodic drainage of subglacial lakes, Isunguata Sermia, West Greenland. The Cryosphere, 13 (10), 2789-2796. http://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2019-137

Lovell, H., Livingstone, S., Boston, C., Booth, A., Storrar, R., & Barr, L. (2019). Complex kame belt morphology, stratigraphy and architecture. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 44 (13), 2685-2702. http://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4696

Chandler, B.M.P., Lovell, H., Boston, C.M., Lukas, S., Barr, I.D., Benediktsson, I.O., ... Stroeven, A.P. (2018). Glacial geomorphological mapping: A review of approaches and frameworks for best practice. Earth-Science Reviews, 185, 806-846. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.07.015

Swift, D.A., Cook, S.J., Graham, D.J., Midgley, N.G., Fallick, A.E., Storrar, R., ... Evans, D.J.A. (2018). Terminal zone glacial sediment transfer at a temperate overdeepened glacier system. Quaternary Science Reviews, 180 (180), 111-131. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.11.027

Storrar, R., Jones, A., & Evans, D.J.A. (2017). Small-scale topographically-controlled glacier flow switching in an expanding proglacial lake at Breiðamerkurjökull, SE Iceland. Journal of Glaciology, 745-750. http://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2017.22

Storrar, R., & Livingstone, S. (2017). Glacial geomorphology of the northern Kivalliq region, Nunavut, Canada, with an emphasis on meltwater drainage systems. Journal of Maps, 13 (2), 153-164. http://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2017.1279081

Evans, D.J.A., Storrar, R.D., & Rea, B.R. (2016). Crevasse-squeeze ridge corridors: Diagnostic features of late-stage palaeo-ice stream activity. Geomorphology, 258, 40-50. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.01.017

Hillier, J.K., Smith, M.J., Armugam, R., Barr, I., Boston, C.M., Clark, C.D., ... Wooldridge, K. (2015). Manual mapping of drumlins in synthetic landscapes to assess operator effectiveness. Journal of Maps, 11 (5), 719-729. http://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2014.957251

Livingstone, S.J., Storrar, R.D., Hillier, J.K., Stokes, C.R., Clark, C.D., & Tarasov, L. (2015). Ice-sheet scale comparison of modelled subglacial drainage pathways with mapped esker networks. Geomorphology, 246, 104-112. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.06.016

Storrar, R.D., Evans, D.J.A., Stokes, C.R., & Ewertowski, M. (2015). Controls on the location, morphology andevolution of complex esker systems at decadaltimescales, Breiðamerkurjökull, southeast Iceland. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 40 (11), 1421-1438. http://doi.org/10.1002/esp.3725

Storrar, R., Stokes, C.R., & Evans, D.J.A. (2014). Morphometry and pattern of a large sample (>20,000) of Canadian eskers: new insights regarding subglacial drainage beneath ice sheets. Quaternary Science Reviews, 105, 1-25. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.09.013

Storrar, R., Stokes, C.R., & Evans, D.J.A. (2014). Increased channelization of subglacial drainage during deglaciation of the Laurentide Ice Sheet. Geology, 42, 239-242. http://doi.org/10.1130/G35092.1

Storrar, R.D., Stokes, C.R., & Evans, D.J.A. (2013). A map of large Canadian eskers from Landsat satellite imagery. Journal of Maps, 9 (3), 456-473. http://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2013.815591

Stokes, C.R., Clark, C.D., & Storrar, R. (2009). Major changes in ice stream dynamics during deglaciation of the north-western margin of the Laurentide Ice Sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28 (7-8), 721-738. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.07.019

Storrar, R., & Stokes, C.R. (2007). A glacial geomorphological map of victoria Island, Canadian Arctic. Journal of Maps, 3 (1), 191-210. http://doi.org/10.1080/jom.2007.9710838

Book chapters

Evans, D.J.A., Guðmundsson, S., & Storrar, R. (2018). Glacial landsystem development at Breiðamerkurjökull. In Glacial Landsystems of Southeast Iceland - Quaternary applications. QRA

Korteniemi, J., Russell, H.A.J., Sharpe, D.R., & Storrar, R. (2015). Esker. In Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms. Springer

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