Mr Joshua Pike

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PhD Title - Extending the varve record for Central Patagonia: Assessing glacier dynamics and responses during the last deglaciation.

My PhD research aims to reconstruct the glacier dynamics of the Patagonian Ice Sheet during the last deglaciation (post 18 ka) using glaciolacustrine varves, and examining the role of palaeoclimate in controlling millennial, centennial and decadal timescale glacier fluctuations. This will include developing and extending the current varve chronology for Lago Buenos Aires/General Carrera, linking the varve data to other terrestrial, marine and ice core records for South America utilising tephrochronology. This will allow me to examine the influence of interannual climatic variability on ice sheet dynamics, potential leads and lags in palaeoclimate provided by these different archives, and importantly improve the deglaciation model for the Patagonian Ice Sheet within Central Patagonia.

Doctoral student funded by the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.


I have assisted on the following modules:

  • GG1011A: Geographical techniques - Quantitative methods in physical geography
  • GG1011D: Geographical techniques - Statistical methods for geographers
  • GG1015: Digital Geographies - Remote sensing and GIS
  • GG1032: Geographical research and field training
  • GG2001A: Techniques in Physical Geography - Statistical methods
  • GG2001C: Techniques in Physical Geography - Remote sensing and GIS
  • GG5209: Micromorphology
  • GG5290: Tephrochronology

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