Dylan Beard

Dylan Beard

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



Dylan Beard is a fully-funded PhD candidate within the Geography Department at Plymouth University [2019-2022], investigating pollution in glaciers.

    - Thesis title: Glaciers as secondary sources of anthropogenic pollutants: an emerging socio-environmental challenge

Caroline Clason
Sally Rangecroft
Will Blake
Kim Ward


MSc in Geoscience Research, Keele University [2017]

    - Thesis title: Investigating the effects of water treatment residual addition on element availability and crop yield, in clean and fertilised soils

Supervisor: Ian Oliver

BSc (Dual Hons.) in Geology and Physical Geography, Keele University [2015]

    - Geology dissertation title: Using ground-penetrating radar as a detection method for clandestine burials
    - Physical Geography dissertation title: Using Sclerochronology to investigate climatic impacts on the growth of Arctica islandica

Roles on external bodies

UK Polar Network: Member-At-Large [2021-present]



Teaching interests

Teaching/demonstrating experience on the following modules:


GEOL1006: Fieldwork and Key Skills

Environmental Science

ENVS1002: The Physical Environment

ENVS1007: Environmental Pollution

ENVS1009: Sustainability Science

ENVS2001: Environmental Field and Research Skills

ENVS2002: Environmental Expedition

ENVS2006: Natural Ecosystems and Their Conservation


GGH1202: Changing Places

GGH1203: Culture, Society and Space

GGP1205: Catchments and Coasts

GGP1206: Environment and Climate

GGX1205: Geographical Journeys

GGP1206: Environment and Climate

GGH2203: Geographical Information Systems

GGX2204: Fieldwork in Geography



Other research

Research Projects Involved With:

RadIce: The radioactive memory of glaciers


Grants & contracts

University of Plymouth Research Studentship [2019 - 2022]

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award (Albert Reckitt Award) [2020]

University of Plymouth Santander Scholarship [2019/20]




Howells, A.P., Lewis, S.J., Beard, D.B., Oliver, I.W. (2018) Water treatment residuals as soil amendments: Examining element extractability, soil porewater concentrations and effects on earthworm behaviour and survival, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Vol. 162, pp. 334-340 [DOI]

Conference Papers

Beard, D. B., Clason, C., Rangecroft, S., Rodríguez, W. S., and Blake, W.: Catchment scale variation of contaminants in glacial sediments from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-9184, 2022

Bellomo, K., Di Chiara, A., Rutter, W. A. J., Davies, H. S., Prior-Jones, M., Piispa, E. J., Muchow, M., and Beard, D. B.: Insights from the LGBTQIA+ working group at EGU 2022, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-9149, 2022

Łokas, E., Baccolo, G. B., Clason, C., Wachniew, P., Takeuchi, N., Zawierucha, K., Beard, D., Ambrosini, R., Pittino, F., Franzetti, A., Owens, P., Poniecka, E., Blake, W., Nastasi, M., and Buda, J.: Deposition of plutonium isotopes in glacial environments in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-8795, 2021.



Conferences organised

UK Antarctic Science Conference 2021 [22/03/2021-25/03/2021] - Organising Committee 

Other academic activities

Talks given

Polar Early Career Conference [06/05/2021]: "Contamination in mountain glacial environments: A review of anthropogenic contaminants in glacial systems and their downstream impacts."

International Glaciological Society (IGS) British Branch Meeting [06/09/2021]: "Contamination in mountain glacial environments: A review of anthropogenic contaminants in glacial systems and their downstream impacts."