Photograph of Professor Alex Maltman.Professor Alex Maltman



Office: C8
Phone: +44 (0)1970 622 655
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622 659

Teaching Areas

Modules Taught

Module coordinator for:

  • Planet Earth (EA11510)


In 2004 I decided to take early retirement. However, I agreed to continue to deliver the popular introductory module “Planet Earth”.

Over 30-odd years, my research career touched on a wide range of geological matters and took me all over the world. Much of it centred on how geological sediments (sands, silts, clays, etc.) respond to stresses and strains. Sediment deformation arises in engineered situations such as landfill linings and in a range of natural environments such as unstable slopes (especially on the seafloor), beneath ice sheets, and at the ocean trenches where Earth’s plates are colliding. This latter situation led to my twenty year involvement with the international Ocean Drilling Program, and my investigating the deep ocean floor around the Pacific and Caribbean.

Since retirement my research has shifted to a long standing interest: the supposed influence of vineyard geology on wine. The idea is much hyped but, in my opinion, over- exaggerated. Reasons for this include the obvious misunderstandings of geology by most wine writers and so my current project is to prepare a book tentatively entitled “Geology and Wine”.

Staff Publications

Recent publications include:

“Minerality in Wine: a geological perspective. Journal of Wine Research, vol. 24, p. 169-181, 2013. Typescript available here

Mineral taste in wine, minerals in the vineyard … Are they connected? By Alex Maltman “Wines and Vines”, incorporating Practical Winery, p. 2-8, Winter 2013.

The role of vineyard geology in wine typicity, Journal of Wine Research, vol. 19, p. 1-17, 2008, Typescript available here