Professor Anne Mather
Profiles

Professor Anne Mather

Professor in Geomorphology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Qualifications

·       PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool 

·       BSc (Joint Honors) Geography and Geology, University of Hull 

Professional membership

·       Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

·       British Society of Geomorphologists

·       Quaternary Research Association

·       British Sedimentological Research Group (Secretary 1994-6)

·       Fluvial Archives Group (Excecutive Committee 2012-2016)

·       American Geophysical Union

Roles on external bodies

·       Editorial board of Elsevier Journal 'Geomorphology' (1996 to 2016)

·       Editorial Board of the Journal of Iberian Geology (2000 to present) 

·       Advisory Editor, Journal Geological Society of London (2014 to present)

Teaching interests

I am a Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and sit on the Plymouth University Teaching Development Accreditation Panel. I am a strong believer in the value of experiential learning through field and practical work and incorporating new learning technologies into the learning experience (e.g.Innovative use of Google Earth Professional and Drone Technology).

  My current teaching role incorporates:

·       Field teaching across the geosciences (UK, Iceland, Morocco, Portugal,Spain)

·       Fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology

·       Arid environments

·       Tectonic geomorphology

·       Cold Environments

Staff serving as external examiners

·       LJMU, Geography, 2017 to 2020

·       University of Edinburgh, Earth Sciences, 2016 to 2020

·       University of Derby, Geography Programmes, 2013 to 2017

·       Manchester Metropolitan University, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, 2010 to 2013

·       University of Luton, Environment Field, 1999 to 2003

Research interests

My research is rooted in the field of fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology with the main focus on examining long-term landscape development in dryland, tectonically active landscapes. The research is inter-disciplinary in nature, developing  fieldbased, specialist approaches to earth science problems by marrying geomorphological and geological approaches on an appropriate temporal (105to106yr.)  and spatial(102to 104 km2) scale. 

The research focuses on using fluvial archives (river terraces; alluvial fans) and related slope processes (e.g.  landsliding, gullying) to examine tectonic and climatic forcing controls on landscape development.This research is key to benchmarking and developing landscape evolution models (LEMs) currently being used to explore Quaternary landscape evolution and important for developing land management and engineering and mineral exploitation strategies.

Current research foci include 

  • developing palaeohydrological approaches for Quaternary landscapes
  • use of new technologies in field research (UAV, 3D mapping software)
  • better understanding the river terrace and alluvial fan archives in landscapes
  • understanding the role of landsliding in Quaternary (and older) landscape development
  • application of geochronological techniques to long-term landscape development (Mainly OSL and CRN)

The above research is based in field areas in Spain, Turkey, USA, Northern Chile, Iceland and Morocco.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

·        Martin Geach. 2015. Landscape forcing mechanisms onQuaternary time-scales: the Tabernas Basin SE Spain. Plymouth University

·        Waleed Hanosh Hamed 2015. The geomorphological development of ephemeral and relict river valley systems in northwest Rutba, Western Iraq. Plymouth University

·        Samantha Ilott 2013. Cosmogenic dating of fluvial terraces in the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain. University of Plymouth. NERC funded studentship.

·        Astrid Blum 2007. Controls on long-term drainage development of the Carboneras Basin, SE Spain. University of Plymouth

·        Andrew Hart 2004. Landslide hazard in the Rio de Aguas catchment, SE Spain. University of Plymouth.

·        Sue H Hughes 2000. The geochemical and mineralogical record of the impact of historical mining within estuarine sediments, Fal Estuary,Cornwall, UK. Camborne School of Mines.

·        Martin Stokes 1997. Plio-Pleistocene drainage evolution ofthe Vera Basin, SE Spain. University of Plymouth.

Grants & contracts

Currently working on:

British Society of Geomorphology (Research Grant): Integrated fluvial archive approaches to Holocene palaeoflood reconstruction: potential insights for climate change in continental N. Africa

It is the intention of this study to utilise river terrace data (sedimentology, geomorphology), slack water deposits and engineering approaches to examine a 20km reach of the upland River Dades (an upland, non-glaciated Saharan margin drainage) to reconstruct the Holocene palaeohydrological flood record for the catchment. This record can then be used to identify enhanced periods of fluvial activity providing potential to informon the extent of the influence of African Humid Periods in this part of north Africa.

 

Royal Geographical Society Thesiger Oman Award. Bedrock landsliding - a near and present danger: implications for hazard assessment in the NW Sahara (Morocco).  

This project investigates the occurrence andtiming of large-(km) scale bedrock landsliding in the arid Saharan margins of the High and Anti-atlas Mountains of Morocco. In such environments landsliding can have a direct impact on the inhabitants as well as further afield down-valley effects via secondary hazards (amplified flood peaks associated with landslide constrictions and valley blockages which may lead to landslide lake outburst floods). This project will examine the nature of the hazard today and under past climate regimes to better understand the impact of changing climate and human intervention on these large and previously unstudied slope instabilities in the NW Saharan margin.

 

National Geographic (Northern Europe Research Grant). Catastrophic flood events of the Atacama desert,Northern Chile.  

This project involves collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago CDA (Dr Juan Garcia), Aberdeen (Professor Adrian Hartley), Bristol (Dr Laura Evenstar) and Glasgow (Professor Fin Stuart). The study will attempt,for the first time, to document newly discovered ?Pleistocene catastrophic flood deposits of the Central Depression of the Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.The research will evaluate the geographic distribution of the events and their magnitude. These data will be used to establish the flood event heritage in order to advance our existing knowledge of the nature of catastrophic flash flood events in hyper-arid catchments and thus the mitigation of modern events such as the Atacama 2015 floods.

Have received previous funding from

•    NERC

•    TUBITAK (Turkish equivalent of NERC)

•    CONICYT (Chilean equivalent of NERC)

•    British Society of Geomorphologists

•    Royal Society

•    National Geographic

•    British Council

•    British Academy

•    Royal Geographical Society

•    Quaternary Research Association

•    Geological Society of London

•    Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) University of Plymouth

•    Portuguese government (funding as an international expert)

 

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Stokes MR, Mather, Mather A, Geach M & Boulton S 2017 'Controls on dryland mountain landscape development along the NW Saharan desert margin: Insights from Quaternary river terrace sequences (Dadès River, south-central High Atlas, Morocco)' Quaternary Science Reviews , DOI PEARL
Evenstar LA, Mather AE, Hartley AJ, Stuart FM, Sparks RSJ & Cooper FJ 2017 'Geomorphology on geologic timescales: Evolution of the late Cenozoic Pacific paleosurface in Northern Chile and Southern Peru' Earth-Science Reviews 171, 1-27 , DOI PEARL
Mather A & Stokes M 2016 'Extracting palaeoflood data from coarse-grained Pleistocene river terrace archives: an example from SE Spain' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 41, (13) 1991-2004 , DOI PEARL
Demoulin A, Mather A & Whittaker A 2016 'Fluvial archives, a valuable record of vertical crustal deformation' Quaternary Science Reviews , DOI PEARL
Mather A, Stokes M & Whitfield E 2016 'River terraces and alluvial fans: The case for an integrated Quaternary fluvial archive' Quaternary Science Reviews , DOI PEARL
Geach MR, Viveen W, Mather AE, Telfer MW, Fletcher WJ, Stokes M & Peyron O 2015 'An integrated field and numerical modelling study of controls on Late Quaternary fluvial landscape development (Tabernas, SE Spain)' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms Publisher Site , DOI
Stokes M & Mather AE 2015 'Controls on modern tributary-junction alluvial fan occurrence and morphology: High Atlas Mountains, Morocco' Geomorphology , DOI PEARL
Anton L, Mather AE, Stokes M, Muñoz-Martin A & De Vicente G 2015 'Exceptional river gorge formation from unexceptional floods' Nature Communications , DOI PEARL
Griffiths JS, Mather AE & Stokes M 2015 'Mapping landslides at different scales' Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 48, (1) 29-40 , DOI
Geach MR, Thomsen KJ, Buylaert J-P, Murray AS, Mather AE, Telfer MW & Stokes M 2015 'Single-grain and multi-grain OSL dating of river terrace sediments in the Tabernas Basin, SE Spain' Quaternary Geochronology Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Mather AE, Mills S, Stokes M & Fyfe R 2015 'Ten years on: what can Google Earth offer the Geoscience community?' Geology Today 31, (6) 216-221
Telfer MW, Mills SC & Mather AE 2014 'Extensive Quaternary aeolian deposits in the Drakensberg foothills, Rooiberge, South Africa' GEOMORPHOLOGY 219, 161-175 Author Site , DOI
Geach MR, Stokes M, Telfer MW, Mather AE, Fyfe RM, Lewin & S 2014 'The application of geospatial interpolation methods in the reconstruction of Quaternary landform records' Geomorphology 216, 234-246 , DOI
Mather AE, Hartley AJ & Griffiths JS 2014 'The giant coastal landslidesof Northern Chile: tectonic and climate interactionson a classic convergent plate margin' Earth and Plantery Science Letters 388, 249-256 , DOI
Boulton SJ, Stokes M & Mather AE 2014 'Transient fluvial incision as an indicator of active faulting and Plio-Quaternary uplift of the Moroccan High Atlas' Tectonophysics 633, 16-33 , DOI PEARL
Stokes M, Griffiths JS & Mather AE 2012 'Palaeoflood estimates of Pleistocene coarse grained river terrace landforms (Rio Almanzora, SE Spain)' Geomorphology 149-150, 11-26 , DOI
Evenstar LA, Hartley AJ, Stuart FM, Mather AE, Rice CM & Chong G 2009 'Multiphase development of the Atacama Planation Surface recorded by cosmogenic He-3 exposure ages: Implications for uplift and Cenozoic climate change in western South America' GEOLOGY 37, (1) 27-30 Author Site , DOI
Hart AB, Griffiths JS & Mather AE 2009 'Some limitations in the interpretation of vertical stereo photographic images for a landslide investigation' QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY 42, 21-30 Author Site , DOI
Stokes M, Mather AE, Belfoul A & Farik F 2008 'Active and passive tectonic controls for transverse drainage and river gorge development in a collisional mountain belt (Dades Gorges, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco)' GEOMORPHOLOGY 102, (1) 2-20 Author Site , DOI
Alexander RW, Calvo-Cases A, Arnau-Rosalen E, Mather AE & Lazaro-Suau R 2008 'Erosion and stabilisation sequences in relation to base level changes in the El Cautivo badlands, SE Spain' GEOMORPHOLOGY 100, (1-2) 83-90 Author Site , DOI
Mather A, Stokes M, Pirrie D & Hartley R 2008 'Generation, transport and preservation of armoured mudballs in an ephemeral gully system' GEOMORPHOLOGY 100, (1-2) 104-119 Author Site , DOI
Silva PG, Audemard FA & Mather AE 2008 'Preface on the impact of active tectonics and uplift on fluvial landscapes' GEOMORPHOLOGY 102, (1) 1-1 Author Site , DOI
Mather 2006 'The application of drainage system analysis in constraining spatial patterns of uplift in the Coastal Cordillera of Northern Chile' Geological Society of America Bulletin Special Paper 398, 89-99 , DOI
Hartley AJ, Chong G, Houston J & Mather A 2005 '150 million years of climatic stability: evidence from the Atacama Desert, northern Chile' Journal of The Geological Society 162, 421-424
Griffiths JS, Hart AB, Mather AE & Stokes M 2005 'Assessment of some spatial and temporal issues in landslide initiation within the Rio Aguas Catchment, South-East Spain' Landslides 2, (3) 183-192
Mather AE, Griffiths JS & Stokes M 2003 'Anatomy of a 'fossil' landslide from the Pleistocene of SE Spain' Geomorphology 50, (1-3) 135-149
Mather AE & Stokes M 2003 'Long-term landscape development in southern Spain' Geomorphology 50, (1-3) 1-2
Stokes M & Mather AE 2003 'Tectonic origin and evolution of a transverse drainage: the Rio Almanzora, Betic Cordillera, Southeast Spain' Geomorphology 50, (1-3) 59-81
Harvey AM, Foster G, Hannam J & Mather AE 2003 'The Tabernas alluvial fan and lake system, southeast Spain: applications of mineral magnetic and pedogenic iron oxide analyses towards clarifying the Quaternary sediment sequences' Geomorphology 50, (1-3) 151-171
Griffiths JS, Mather AE & Hart AB 2002 'Landslide susceptibility in the Rio Aguas catchment, SE Spain' Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 35, 9-17
Mather AE, Stokes A & Griffiths JS 2002 'Quaternary landscape evolution: A framework for understanding contemporary erosion, southeast Spain' Land Degradation & Development 13, (2) 89-109
Hartley A, Howell J, Mather AE & Chong G 2001 'Plio-Pleistocene Tsunami Deposit, Hornitos, Northen Chile' Revista Geologica de Chile 28, 117-125
Mather AE 2000 'Adjustment of a drainage network to capture induced base-level change: an example from the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain' GEOMORPHOLOGY 34, (3-4) 271-289 Author Site , DOI
Mather AE 2000 'Impact of headwater river capture on alluvial system development: an example from the Plio-Pleistocene of the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain' JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 157, 957-966 Author Site
Mather AE, Harvey AM & Stokes M 2000 'Quantifying long-term catchment changes of alluvial fan systems' GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN 112, (12) 1825-1833 Author Site , DOI
Stokes M & Mather AE 2000 'Response of Plio-Pleistocene alluvial systems to tectonically induced base-level changes, Vera Basin, SE Spain' JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 157, 303-316 Author Site
Mather A 1999 'Atlas of Mediterranean environments in Europe' GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL 165, 327-327 Author Site , DOI
Harvey AM, Silva PG, Mather AE, Goy JL, Stokes M & Zazo C 1999 'The impact of Quaternary sea-level and climatic change on coastal alluvial fans in the Cabo de Gata ranges, southeast Spain' GEOMORPHOLOGY 28, (1-2) 1-22 Author Site , DOI
Newnham R, Mather A, Grattan J, Holmes A & Gardner A 1998 'An evaluation of the use of Internet sources as a basis for geography coursework' JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY IN HIGHER EDUCATION 22, (1) 19-34 Author Site , DOI
Bennett MR, Doyle P & Mather AE 1996 'Dropstones: Their origin and significance' PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY 121, (3-4) 331-339 Author Site , DOI
Doyle P, Mather AE, Bennett MR & Bussell MA 1996 'Miocene barnacle assemblages from southern Spain and their palaeoenvironmental significance' LETHAIA 29, (3) 267-274 Author Site , DOI
Bennett MR, Doyle P, Mather AE & Woodfin JL 1994 'Testing the climatic significance of dropstones: an example from southeast Spain' Geological Magazine 131, (06) 845-845 , DOI
MATHER ANNEE 1993 'Basin inversion: some consequences for drainage evolution and alluvial architecture' Sedimentology 40, (6) 1069-1089 , DOI
Books
Harvey AM, Stokes M & Mather A 2005 Alluvial fans: Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Dynamics. Geological Society, London
Mather AE & Hartley A 2005 Flow events on a hyper-arid alluvial fan: Quebrada Tambores, Salar de Atacama, northern Chile. Geological Society of London
Martin JM, Harvey AM, Braga JC & Mather A 2001 A Field guide to the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, South-east Spain: International Association of Sedimentologists Field Guide. Blackwell Science
Chapters
Mather AE, Hartley AJ, Weissmann GS, Bhattacharaya P, Scuderi LA, Davidson SK, Leleu S, Chakraborty T, Ghosh P & Nichols GD 2013 'Soil Development on Modern Distributive Fluvial Systems: Preliminary Observations with Implications for Interpretation of Paleosols in the Rock Record' in Driese SG; Nordt LC New Frontiers in Paleopedology and Terrestrial Paleoclimatology: Paleosols and soil surface analog systems SEPM 149-158 , DOI
Mather AE 2011 '29 Interpreting Quaternary Environments' in Gregory KJ; Goudie AS The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology SAGE Publications Limited 513-534
Griffiths, J.S., Mather, A. E., Hartley, A. & Truscott, J. & 2010 'Geologically Active' in Williams AL; Pinches GM; Chin CY Geologically Active CRC PressI Llc 4145-4152
Mather AE, Braga JC, MartíN JM & Harvey AM 2009 'Introduction to the Neogene Geology of the Sorbas Basin' A Field Guide to the Neogene Sedimentary Basins of the Almeria Province, South-East Spain 9-14 , DOI
Mather AE & Stokes M 2009 'Marine to Continental Transition' A Field Guide to the Neogene Sedimentary Basins of the Almeria Province, South-East Spain 186-189 , DOI
Mather AE 2009 'Tectonic setting and landscape development' in Woodward J The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean OUP Oxford 5-32
Mather AE & Stokes M 2009 'The Development of the Neogene Basins: Excursion: The Carboneras and Palomares Fault Zones (one day)' A Field Guide to the Neogene Sedimentary Basins of the Almeria Province, South-East Spain 118-126 , DOI
Harvey AM & Mather AE 2009 'Uplift, Dissection and Landform Evolution: The Quaternary: Excursion: Drainage evolution and river terraces of the Sorbas Basin (one day)' A Field Guide to the Neogene Sedimentary Basins of the Almeria Province, South-East Spain 237-262 , DOI
Mather A 2006 'Arid Environments' in Perry C; Taylor KG Environmental Sedimentology Blackwells 536-536
Harvey AM, Stokes M & Mather A 2005 'A review of alluvial fan research' in Harvey AM; Mather AE; Stokes M Alluvial Fans: Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Dynamics Geological Society Special Publication 251, London 1-8
Hartley AJ, Jolley E, Turner P & Mather A 2005 'Climatic Controls on Alluvial Fan Activity, Coastal Cordillera, northern Chile' in Harvey AM; Mather AE; Stokes M Alluvial Fans: Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Dynamics. Geological Society Special Publication 251, London. 95-115
Stokes M, Mather AE & Harvey AM 2002 'Quantification of river-capture-induced base-level changes and landscape development, Sorbas Basin, SE Spain' Sediment Flux to Basins: Causes, Control and Consequences Geological Society Special Publications 23-35
Stokes M 2001 'Late Pliocene Gilbert-type fan-deltas of the Vera Basin' in Mather AE; Harvey AM; Martin JM; Braga JC A Field Guide to the Geology and Geomorphology of the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, SE Spain 189-200
Mather AE & Stokes M 2001 'Plio-Pleistocene alluvial environments of the Sorbas and Vera Basins' in Mather AE; Harvey AM; Martin JM; Braga JC A Field Guide to the Geology and Geomorphology if the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, SE Spain 212-224
MATHER A & STOKES M 2001 'Plio-Pleistocene alluvial environments of the Sorbas and Vera Basins' in MATHER A; HARVEY A; MARTíN JM; BRAGA J A Field Guide to the Geology and Geomorphology of the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almería Province, SE Spain. International Association of Sedimentologists Fieldguide Series, 1 Blackwell Scientific 212-224
Mather AE & Stokes M 2001 'Plio-Pleistocene regional deformation' in Mather AE; Harvey AM; Martin JM; Braga JC A Field Guide to the Geology and Geomorphology of the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, SE Spain 115-126
Harvey AM, Stokes M & Mather AE 2001 'The landforms of the coastal zone' in Mather AE; Harvey AM; Martin JM; Braga JC A Field Guide to the Geology and Geomorphology of the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, SE Spain Blackwell Scientific 303-322
Mather AE, Hart A & Griffiths JS 2000 'The role of landsliding in landscape development in the Rio Aguas catchment, SE Spain' in Bromhead E; Dixon N; Ibsen ML Landslides in research, theory and practice London Thomas Telford
Mather AE, Bennett MR & Glasser N 1996 'Earth hummocks and boulder runs at Merrivale Dartmoor' in Charman DJ; Newnham RM; Croot DG Devon and East Cornwall Field Guide London QRA
Conference Papers
Boulton SJ, Stokes M, Vandevelde J & Mather AE 2016 'When did the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains get high? Constraints on neo- and active tectonics from fluvial geomorphology and palaeoaltimetry' 7th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology Crestone, CO 81131 USA 29/05/2016 03/06/2016 , DOI PEARL
Griffiths JS, Stokes M & Mather A 2004 'Construction design data provided by the investigation of geomorphological processes and landforms' Jardine RJ; Potts DM; Higgins KG Advances in Geotechnical Engineering: the Skempton Conference, Thomas Telford, London 1292-1303
MATHER AE & HARVEY AM 1995 'Controls on drainage evolution in the Sorbas basin, southeast Spain' 65-76
MATHER AE, SILVA PG, GOY JL, HARVEY AM & ZAZO C 1995 'Tectonics versus climate: An example from late Quaternary aggradational and dissectional sequences of the Mula basin, southeast Spain' 77-87