Dr Martin Stokes
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Dr Martin Stokes

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Geological Sciences

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

Role

Dr Martin Stokes  

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences timetable co-ordinator

Qualifications

Overview:

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

 

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.

    Teaching interests

     

    Current teaching areas / interests:

    • Fieldwork (UK, Morocco, Sicily, USA)
    • Geomorphology 
    • Sedimentology
    • Remote Sensing
    • Professional Skills / Employability

     Module leader:

    • 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


    External advisor for approval / re-approval / validation of undergraduate Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences and Science access courses, e.g. Liverpool John Moores University (2009).

    Research interests

    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: 

    • NERC
    • 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

     

    Research groups

    • Palaeontology and Palaeoenvironments

    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
    Martins AA, Cabral J, Cunha PP, Stokes M, Borges J, Caldeira B & Martins AC 2017 'Tectonic and lithological controls on fluvial landscape development in Central-Eastern Portugal: Insights from long profile tributary stream analyses' Geomorphology , DOI PEARL
    Geach MR, Stokes M & Hart AB 2017 'The application of geomorphic indices in terrain analysis for ground engineering practice' Engineering Geology , 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
    Cunha PP, Martins AA, Buylaert J-P, Murray AS, Raposo L, Mozzi P & Stokes M 2016 'New data on the chronology of the Vale do Forno sedimentary sequence (Lower Tejo River terrace staircase) and its relevance as a fluvial archive of the Middle Pleistocene in western Iberia' 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
    Dawson A 2014 'Initial paleohydrological observations from the Paleocene-Eocene boundary at Esplugafreda and Berganuy in northern Spain' Rendiconti online della Società Geologica Italiana 31, 54-55 , 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
    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
    Anton A, De Vicente G, Munoz-Martin & Stokes M 2014 'Using river long profiles and geomorphic indices to evaluate the geomorphological signature of continental scale drainage capture, Duero basin (NW Iberia)' Geomorphology 206, 250-261 , DOI
    Griffiths JS, Stokes M & Engineering Group Working Party 2012 'Hazards and the desert ground model' Geological Society, London, Engineering Geology Special Publication 25, 97-142 , DOI
    Griffiths JS, Stokes M, Stead D & Giles D 2012 'Landscape evolution and engineering geology: results from IAEG Commission 22' BULLETIN OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 71, (4) 605-636 Author Site , DOI
    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
    Griffiths JS, Fookes PG, Goudie AS, Stokes M & Engineering Group Working Party 2012 'Processes and landforms in deserts' Geological Society, London, Engineering Geology Special Publication 25, 33-95 , DOI
    Stokes M, Charman J, Epps RJ, Griffiths JS & Engineering Group Working Party 2012 'Soil and rock description characteristics' Geological Society, London, Engineering Geology Special Publication 25, 143-157 , DOI
    Stokes M, Cunha PP & Martins AA 2012 'Techniques for analysing Late Cenozoic river terrace sequences' GEOMORPHOLOGY 165, 1-6 Author Site , DOI
    Stokes M 2011 'Research resource review' Progress in Physical Geography 35, (2) 267-269 , DOI
    Meikle C, Stokes M & Maddy D 2010 'Field mapping and GIS visualisation of Quaternary river terrace landforms: an example from the Rio Almanzora, SE Spain' JOURNAL OF MAPS 6, (1) 531-542 Author Site , DOI
    Meikle C, Stokes M & Maddy D 2010 'Field mapping and GIS visualisation of Quaternary river terrace landforms: an example from the Río Almanzora, SE Spain' Journal of Maps 6, (1) 531-542 , DOI
    Martins AA, Cunha PP, Buylaert J-P, Huot S, Murray AS, Dinis P & Stokes M 2010 'K-feldspar IRSL dating of a Pleistocene river terrace staircase sequence of the Lower Tejo River (Portugal, western Iberia)' QUATERNARY GEOCHRONOLOGY 5, (2-3) 176-180 Author Site , DOI
    Stokes M & Garcia AF 2009 'Late Quaternary landscape development along the Rancho Marino coastal range front (south-central Pacific Coast Ranges, California, USA)' JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE 24, (7) 728-746 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
    Griffiths JS & Stokes M 2008 'Engineering geomorphological input to ground models: an approach based on Earth systems' QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY 41, 73-91 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
    Stokes M 2008 'Plio-Pleistocene drainage development in an inverted sedimentary basin: Vera basin, Betic Cordillera, SE Spain' GEOMORPHOLOGY 100, (1-2) 193-211 Author Site , DOI
    Stokes M, Nash DJ & Harvey AM 2007 'Calcrete 'fossilisation' of alluvial fans in SE Spain: The roles of groundwater, pedogenic processes and fan dynamics in calcrete development' Geomorphology 85, (1-2) 63-84
    Garcia AF & Stokes M 2006 'Late Pleistocene highstand and recession of a small, high-altitude pluvial lake, Jakes Valley, central Great Basin, USA' Quaternary Research 65, (1) 179-186
    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 MR 2003 '‘Anatomy’ of a fossil landslide from the Pleistocene of SE Spain' Geomorphology 50, 135-149
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Books
    Harvey AM, Stokes M & Mather A 2005 Alluvial fans: Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Dynamics. Geological Society, London
    Chapters
    Harvey AM, Whitfield E, Stokes M & Mather AE 2014 'The Late Neogene to Quaternary Drainage Evolution of the Uplifted Neogene Sedimentary Basins of Almería, Betic Chain' in Gutiérrez F; Gutiérrez M Landscapes and Landforms of Spain Springer 37-61 Publisher Site , 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 & 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
    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
    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
    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
    Stokes M & Griffiths JS 1999 'Small-scale mass movement failures in Early to Mid Pleistocene fluvial deposits in the Vera Basin, South-east Spain' 9th International Conference and Field Trip on Landslides Bristol, England 05/09/1999 16/09/1999 137-145