Philip Porter BSc PhD
Porter is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of
Hertfordshire, and has been active in glaciological research since
1993. After completing a PhD (Leeds) in borehole instrumentation of
fast flowing glaciers, Phil took up lectureships at Manchester and
Leeds and joined the University of Hertfordshire in 2003, since when he
has pursued and developed research interests in glacial ecosystems, the
analysis of proglacial suspended sediments using scanning electron
microscopy (SEM) and the morphology and flow characteristics of
englacial and subglacial hydrological systems. Recent fieldwork has
been undertaken in Svalbard and Iceland, supported by grant funding
from the EU and the Nuffield Foundation.
is a member of the International Glaciological Society, the British
Geomorphological Research Group and the American Geophysical Union.
research is focused upon two key areas:
- Examining the nature and functioning of
supraglacial (surface) and proglacial ecosystems and in particular, the
role that vegetation plays in those ecosystems and how that role may
develop and change in a warming world.
- Assessing the rate and extent of
proglacial/paraglacial geomorphological changes in the high-arctic and
European Alps in the light of accelerating rates of glacier ablation.
of glacial environments.
analysis of fluvio-glacial composite suspended sediment particles.
and geotechnical properties of paraglacial deposits.
dynamics of hazardous moraine-dammed proglacial lakes.
T. D. L., Barrand, N. D., Porter, P. R., Hodson, A. J., and Murray, T.
(2011). Recent High-Arctic glacial sediment redistribution: A process
perspective using airborne lidar. Geomorphology, 125(1),
P. R., Vatne, G., Ng, Felix and Irvine-Fynn, T. D. L. (2010).
Ice-marginal sediment delivery to the surface of a High-Arctic glacier:
Austre Brøggerbreen, Svalbard. Geografiska Annaler,
A. M., Sands, T. B., and Porter, P. R. (2009). Geotechnical controls on
a steep lateral moraine undergoing paraglacial slope adjustment. Geological
Society Special Publication, 320, 181-197.
A. M., Porter, P. R., Irvine-Fynn, T. D. L., Rees, G., Sands, T. B.,
Puttick, J. (2009). Quantitative particle size, microtextural and
outline shape analyses of glacigenic sediment reworked by paraglacial
debris flows. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms,
34, 1, 48-62.
P. R., Evans, A. J., Hodson, A. J., Lowe, A. T., and Crabtree, M.
(2008). Sediment-moss interactions on a temperate glacier; Falljökull,
Iceland. Annals of Glaciology, 48:
Porter's extended publications
list, with further details on his Departmental web-page.
Link to UH profile page