Dr Martin Stokes
Associate Professor in Geological Sciences
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
I am an Earth scientist with published research interests in international scientific journals (e.g. Geomorphology, Geological Society of London, Geological Society of America, Nature Comms., Quaternary Research) examining fluvial/coastal/tectonic geomorphology, sedimentology and long-term landscape development in the UK, Western Mediterranean, North Africa and the USA.
Employment / education:
- 2019 - associate head - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth
- 2019 - editor in Chief: Geomorphology (Elsevier)
- 2017 - senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- 2010 - current: Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Geological Sciences
- 2006 - visiting researcher Calpoly San Luis Obispo / UCSB Rancho Marino Reserve (California, USA)
- 1997-2010 Lecturer in Geological Sciences
- 1997 PhD Physical Geography, University of Plymouth
- 1992 BSc (Hons) Physical Geology and Geomorphology, University of Liverpool (First Class)
Professional membership of:
- British Society for Geomorphology (BSG)
- Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
- British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG)
- International Quaternary Association (INQUA)
- Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG) - a research group of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA) Quaternary Research Association (QRA)
- International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
- Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Roles on external bodies
- Past editorial board member for the Elsevier journal 'Geomorphology'.
- Former member of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London working party on 'Hot Deserts': (Walker, 2012).
- NERC Peer Review College Member 2008-ongoing - grant reviewing, grant panel member, services review group member.
Current teaching areas / interests:
- Fieldwork (UK, Europe, North Africa, North America)
- Remote Sensing
- Professional Skills / employability
- APIE 217 and 316 Earth Science Placements
- GEOL2007 Long Term Landscape Development
Teaching / administrative roles and responsibilities:
- Stage 4 Professional Skills delivery (PDP / employability)
- Earth Sciences employability lead
Staff serving as external examiners
External examiner: Brighton University undergraduate Earth Science programmes - 2015-2019
General interests include the sedimentology and geomorphology of Late Cenozoic alluvial fans, bedrock river systems, fluvial terrace sequences and Late Quaternary shore platforms / marine terraces. Research in these areas typically involves the analysis of key controlling mechanisms (tectonics, climate, eustacy) and quantifying rates of change using radiometric dating techniques.
Current Research Projects / Themes:
- Landsliding (UK, SE Spain, Morocco)
- Alluvial fans in mountain front and confined valley settings (USA, SE Spain, Morocco)
- Alluvial fans as indicators of volcanic island denudation (Cape Verde)
- River gorge development (transverse drainage) (Iberia, Morocco)
- Bedrock meander belt development (Morocco)
- Chronologies of Late Cenozoic landscape development using OSL and cosmogenic exposure dating (Iberia, Morocco, Cape Verde)
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
- Xiaohong Zhao 2017. Holocene palaeohydrology of the Yongding River, China. Beijing Normal University. (co-supervisor)
- Martin Geach 2015. River capture and landscape development, Tabernas Basin, SE Spain. PhD University of Plymouth.
- Waleed Hamed 2015. Geomorphology of the Western desert, Iraq. PhD University of Plymouth.
- Samantha Ilott 2013.Cosmogenic dating of fluvial terraces in the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain. PhD University of Plymouth.
- Alfandi, E. 2012. Early Mesozoic stratigraphy, sedimentology and structure of the Gharian area, north-western Libya. PhD University of Plymouth.
- Meikle, C. 2009. Late Pleistocene Drainage Evolution of the Rio Almanzora, SE Spain. NERC PhD, University of Newcastle. (co-supervisor)
- Foster, C. 2007. The distribution, nature and causes of landsliding in Devon & Cornwall. PhD University of Plymouth.
- Sharples, M. 2005. Testing the isotope signal from fossil Crassostrea longirostris oysters as a palaeoclimate reconstruction tool. MSc University of Plymouth.
- Hannant, K.P. 2003. Pliocene mangroves in Southeast Spain: Fossil Evidence and Palaeoclimatic Implications. MRes, University of Plymouth.
- Coventry, K.A. 2003. Specification development for the use of Devon cob in earthen construction. PhD, University of Plymouth.
Grants & contracts
Research Funding from:
- British Geological Survey (NERC)
- Royal Society
- National Geographic
- British Council
- Royal Geographical Society
- Quaternary Research Association
- British Geomorphological Research Group
- Geological Society of London
- Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) University of Plymouth
- Portuguese government (funding as an international expert)
- National Geographic
Key publications are highlightedJournals