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  • Typesetting your Thesis On Friday 23rd May I gave a training course on how to typeset a thesis using LaTeX. Visit the LaTeX page to download the resources used for this workshop, including ...
    Posted 19 May 2014, 08:22 by Sam Roberson
  • Outreach in Belfast During the spring I visited the Royal Belfast Academical Institute, a school in the centre of Belfast, to talk about the development of the landscape and rocks that we see ...
    Posted 18 Dec 2013, 00:24 by Sam Roberson
  • mLogger v1.0 mLogger version 1.0 is now available. Visit the mLogger page to download this version.If you are going to BSRG annual meeting in Hull next week, come along and ...
    Posted 12 Dec 2013, 08:41 by Sam Roberson
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I am a Quaternary geologist at the British Geological Survey's Belfast office (BGS). I am involved with completing Quaternary 10k mapping sheets in Northern Ireland, consultancy for local government bodies and external clients, geological modelling, education/outreach and academic research.

TU Delft

Between 2009 and 2012 I was a postdoctoral research fellow at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO). The research project 'The Particle-Size Toolbox' focused on 3D modelling of particle-size distributions in the subsurface, using a suite of numerical functions in Matlab.

The project was in collaboration with Dr. Gert-Jan Weltje at TU Delft and the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO), Utrecht. The research aspect of the project used borehole data collated within the DINO and Top Integraal databases by TNO and other geotechnical companies. The project had the following aims:
  1. Collating and converting particle-size and proxies for particle-size data into a single uniform format.
  2. Interpolating particle-size data in 3D space to create a statistical model of particle-size distributions in the Dutch shallow subsurface.
  3. Assessing the uncertainty associated with the data and predicted data.

Aberystwyth University

From 2005 to 2009 I studied at the Centre for Glaciology at Aberystwyth University in the UK, first doing a Masters in Glaciology and then a PhD investigating glacial sediment transport. My thesis focused specifically on two  valley glaciers: Glacier de Tsanfleuron in the Alps, and Midre
Lovénbreen in Svalbard. To find out more about these field sites visit Fieldwork.

Navigate my website to find information on my current and previous research projects, resources for research and teaching, and access an ever-growing image bank with photos of glaciers, glacial landforms and other sedimentary systems.

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