Mr Joshua Jones
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Mr Joshua Jones

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

Role

NERC EnvEast CASE funded (AECOM) PhD Student at the University of East Anglia and the University of Plymouth


PhD title: Landslide susceptibility in the Nepal Himalaya: insights from a 30-year landslide database

Qualifications

BSc Geophysics with Geology (1st Class Honours), Durham University, Earth Sciences Department
MSc Risk (Distinction), Durham University, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Geography Department

Professional membership

Postgraduate Fellow of the British Society for Geomorphology

Teaching interests

I demonstrate on the following modules:

GEOL1003: Geosystems
GEOL1005: Geological Maps and Structural Geology
GEOL2003: Geospatial Techniques
GEOL3003: Geophysical Methods
GEOL3010: Engineering Geology

I currently co-supervise a Plymouth University MGeol student for a project titled: Investigating landslide path-dependency in the Nepal Himalaya 

Research interests

My research is predominantly focused on quantifying landslide processes and characteristics in the Nepal Himalaya. This involves investigating questions such as: Are landslides stochastic? Are landscape responses to trigger events time-dependent? And how do fluvial, glacial, geological and human processes impact landslide distributions and characteristics through time? It is hoped that a better understanding of these issues will allow us to develop improved landslide susceptibility models, which are a vital resource used by policy makers and hazard assessors to manage and mitigate landslide hazard and vulnerability.


Conference/seminar presentations:
British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) conference 2019, 11/09/2019 "Transient impacts of earthquakes on landscape response to monsoonal rainfall, Nepal" (Oral - Awarded Bernie Smith prize for best postgraduate presentation). 
European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2019, 10/04/2019 "Investigating the landslide susceptibility of a glacial/periglacial landscape, Langtang Valley, Nepal" (Poster)
Cambridge-EnvEast Doctoral Alliance (CEEDA) Symposium 2019, 02/04/2019, "A combined field-remote sensing investigation into landslide control factors in the Greater Himalayas, Nepal" (Oral)
Plymouth Arts Institute outreach talk, 06/02/2019, "Geology in Motion, Rockfalls in the south west coastline"
Landslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation School 2018, 11/09/2018, "Earthquake preconditioning in the Nepal Himalayas, implications for landslide susceptibility modelling" (Oral)
Centre for Research in Earth Sciences (CRES) Conference 2017, 22/11/2017, "Using the spatial-distributions of past landslides to predict future failures, Tianshui City, China" (Oral)
Geology for Global Development Annual Conference 2017, 04/11/2017, "Impact of landslides on sustainable development, Tianshui City, China" (Oral)
St Chads College Research Forum, 04/05/2017, "Can the past predict the future? Spatial-temporal distributions of tsunamis in Chile" (Oral)

Grants & contracts

Geological Society Research Grant: £1100 for project titled "Investigating the spatial distributions and susceptibility of co-seismic landslides in Nepal"

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

J.N.Jones., M. Stokes., S. J. Boulton., G. L. Bennett., & M. R. Z. Whitworth., 2019, Coseismic and monsoon-triggered landslide impacts on remote trekking infrastructure, Langtang Valley, Nepal. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, DOI: 10.1144/qjegh2019-048

Additional information

Volunteer speaker and fundraiser for the Truro-based disaster response charity, Shelterbox. 
Keen cyclist, runner and trekker! Have recently completed the Cornish Marathon in support of Shelterbox. 

Links

Follow me on twitter @joshjones06