Dr Martin Stokes
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Geological Sciences
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Dr Martin Stokes
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences timetable co-ordinator
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:
- 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 Ph.D. 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)
- Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Roles on external bodies
- Member of the editorial board 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, Morocco, Sicily, USA)
- Remote Sensing
- Professional Skills / Employability
- GEOL2008 Fieldwork, Techniques and Skills
- GEOL2007 Long Term Landscape Development
Teaching / Administrative Roles & Responsibilities:
- Stage 4 Professional Skills delivery (PDP / employability)
- Outgoing SoGEES Timetabling Co-Ordinator and former University Timetabling Project Board member
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
- Martin Geach 2015. River capture and landscape development, Tabernas Basin, SE Spain. University of Plymouth funded studentship.
- Waleed Hamed 2015. Geomorphology of the Western desert, Iraq. University of Plymouth. Iraqi Government Funded Studentship.
- Samantha Ilott 2013.Cosmogenic dating of fluvial terraces in the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain. University of Plymouth. NERC funded studentship.
- Alfandi, E. 2012. Early Mesozoic stratigraphy, sedimentology and structure of the Gharian area, north-western Libya.
- 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
- Palaeontology and Palaeoenvironments
Key publications are highlightedJournals