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Professor John Woodward

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Faculty of Engineering and Environment (Acting)

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

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  • Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Acting) - present
  • Faculty Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) - to 2018
  • Associate Dean Research and Innovation, 2013-present.
  • Professor of Physical Geography, Northumbria University, 2012–present.
  • Director of Research, Department of Geography, 2010-2013.
  • Reader in Physical Geography, Northumbria University, 2008–2012.
  • Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Northumbria University, 2003–2008.
  • Research Associate, British Antarctic Survey, 2002-2003.
  • Lecturer in Physical Geography, Brunel University, 2001-2002.
  • PDRA, University of Leeds, 2000-2001.
  • PhD, University of Leeds, 1996-2000.
  • MSc, University of Alberta, Canada, 1994-1996.
  • BSc, University of Leeds and University of Liege, Belgium, 1991-1994.

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Qualifications

BSc MSc PhD

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests are in the field of glaciology, in particular polar glaciers, ice sheets and subglacial lakes.  I use glaciological and geophysical evidence to investigate subglacial lakes and ice/sediment/water interactions at the glacier bed. These interactions are important for understanding controls on glacier dynamics and the landforms that result from sediment/ice interaction. Recent projects have involved:

  • Investigating West Antarctic Ice Sheet evolution using blue-ice moraines on nunataks.
  • Geophysical exploration of a West Antarctic Lake: Subglacial Lake Ellsworth.
  • Investigating elevation change anomalies in West Antarctica and the implications for the subglacial drainage of ice streams: Subglacial Lake Whillans.
  • Seismic and radar observation of subglacial bed forms beneath the onset zone of Rutford Ice Stream, Antarctica.

I am an expert user of ground-penetrating radar, radio echo sounding, global positioning systems and active seismic using explosive sources. Additional research interests include the application of near surface geophysical techniques to the natural environment and the application of novel microbial techniques for the study of palaeoenvironments.

  • Core member of NERC Panel A (2013-present)
  • Member of the NERC Peer Review College (2005 - present).
  • Scientific Editor for the Journal of Glaciology (2010 to present).
  • Organiser of International Glaciological Society Conference (July 2009).
  • Member of the International Glaciological Society.
  • Associate Editor for Special Issue of Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (2007).

Current/Recent Projects

STFC Public Engagement Award (2016) Think Solar physics: Imaging the sun. Davenport, C., Woodward, J., Potrteous, K., Zharkova, V., Zinovieff, P., Botha, G., Regnier, S., Morton, R and McLaughlin, J. £9,998.

HEFCE STEM Capital Grant (2014). Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University (McHale, G., Stafford, J. and Woodward, J. supported by Monnery, D.) £6 .7M(HEFCE £3.35M, University Match £3.35M).

ESRC Festival of Social Science Grant. (2014) Peatlands under the microscope and in focus.  Woodward, J. £850.

The Leverhulme Trust (2013 – 2015) Artist in Residence Award for Lionel Playford (Co-I’s Bowen, S and Woodward, J.) £15,000.00.

NERC Standard Grant (February 2012 – March 2016). A new approach to West Antarctic Ice Sheet evolution using blue-ice moraines on nunataks. Sugden, D., Woodward, J., Dunning, S., Fogwill, C. £557,733.00 (Northumbria £148,480.34) NE/I025840/1

NERC Small Grant (March 2008 - 2010) Elevation change anomalies in West Antarctica: implications for the subglacial drainage of ice streams (PI: Woodward, J.) £64,190.32. NE/E010016/1.

NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility Steering Committee Loan 916 (2009) Elevation change anomalies in West Antarctica: implications for the subglacial drainage of ice streams. (PI: Woodward, J.).

NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility Steering Committee Loan 882 (2008) Elevation change anomalies in West Antarctica: implications for the subglacial drainage of ice streams. (PI: Woodward, J.).

NERC AFI (April 2007 - 2010) Geophysical exploration of a West Antarctic Lake. (PIs: Seigert, M.J., Woodward, J., Smith, A.M., Corr, H.F.J. and Hindmarsh, R.C.A.) £533,627.57 (Northumbria £78,922.76 NE/D008751/1)

NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility Steering Committee Loan 876 (2008) Geophysical exploration of a West Antarctic Lake. (PI: Woodward, J.).

NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility Steering Committee Loan 838 (2007) Geophysical exploration of a West Antarctic Lake. (PI: Woodward, J.).

NERC ARSF (2007) Airborne LIDAR for characterisation of ice-marginal landscape change and proglacial fluvial response to rapid glacier retreat, Skeiðarárjökull, Iceland.  PI Russell, A. CoIs Large, A., Williams M., Björnsson, H., Haraldsson H., Jóhannesson, M., Charlton, M., Gomez, B. and Woodward, J.

NERC Award from the Geophysical Equipment Pool: CORSEIS Project: 2001 – An integrated study of seismic hazard in the area of Aigion, Gulf of Corinth, Greece. Equipment loan. (PI: Woodward, J.).

Earthwatch Project 2006 and 2007: Icelandic and Alaskan Glaciers (PI’s: Russell, A., Fleisher, J., Woodward, J., Bailey, P., Large, A., Mountney, N., Harris, T.) £60,000.

NSTP and C/BAR Award: 1995-1997. Development of a runoff model for an arctic valley glacier. $4,000 (CAN).

Key Publications

Fogwill, C., Turney, C., Golledge, N., Etheridge, D. M., Rubino, M., Thornton, D. P., Baker, A., Woodward, J., Winter, K., van Ommen, T., Moy, A., Curran, M., Davies, S., Weber, M., Bird, M. I., Munksgaard, N., Menviel, L., Rootes, C., Ellis, B., Millman, H., Vohra, J., Rivera, A. and Cooper, A. (2017) Antarctic ice sheet discharge driven by atmosphere-ocean feedbacks at the Last Glacial Termination. Scientific Reports, 7. p. 39979. ISSN 2045-2322

 

Hein, A., Marrero, S., Woodward, J., Dunning, S., Winter, K., Westoby, M., Freeman, S., Shanks, R. and Sugden, D. (2016) Mid-Holocene pulse of thinning in the Weddell Sea sector of the West Antarctic ice sheet. Nature Communications, 7. p. 12511. ISSN 2041-1723

 

Hein, A., Woodward, J., Marrero, S., Dunning, S., Steig, E., Freeman, S., Stuart, F., Winter, K., Westoby, M. and Sugden, D. (2016) Evidence for the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet divide for 1.4 million years. Nature Communications, 7. p. 10325. ISSN 2041-1723

 

Winter, K., Woodward, J., Dunning, S., Turney, C., Fogwill, C., Hein, A., Golledge, N., Bingham, R., Marrero, S., Sugden, D. and Ross, N. (2016) Assessing the continuity of the blue ice climate record at Patriot Hills, Horseshoe Valley, West Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (5). pp. 2019-2026. ISSN 0094-8276

 

Woodward, J., Smith, A.M., Ross, N., Thoma, M., Corr, H.F.J., King, E.C., King, M.A., Grosfeld, K., Tranter, M. and Siegert, M.J. (2010) Location for direct access to Subglacial Lake Ellsworth: an assessment of geophysical data and modelling. Geophysical Research Letters.

 

King, E.C., Woodward, J., Smith, A.M. (2007) Seismic and radar observation of subglacial bed forms beneath the onset zone of Rutford Ice Stream, Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology.

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