Prof Geoff Duller

BA Geography 1987 (St Catherine's College, Oxford) PhD 1992 (Aberystwyth)


Professor Geoff Duller has been on the staff at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences since 1995, and was awarded a personal chair in 2005. He studied for a degree in Geography at St Catherine's College Oxford (BA 1987), and then spent a year teaching geography at Massey University, New Zealand. He returned to Aberystwyth in 1989 to study for a PhD on luminescence dating of Quaternary sediments in New Zealand (PhD 1992). As part of this thesis he developed the first widely adopted single aliquot methods for luminescence dating. He undertook postdoctoral research at Aberystwyth, and then at the University of Adelaide and Risø National Laboratory.

In 1995 he returned to Aberystwyth to take up a lectureship. In 2000 he became director of the Aberystwyth Luminescence Research Laboratory.

In 2012 he was awarded the Bigsby Medal by the Geological Society of London in recognition of his work in the development and application of luminescence dating.



Research Interests

My research is focussed on the development and application of luminescence dating. The ultimate outcome of this research has been the dating of key geological, geomorphological and archaeological sites, providing an improved understanding of Quaternary environmental change, and of the rate of operation of a range of geomorphological processes.

I was involved in the NERC funded BRITICE-Chrono project which ran for five years and has provided unprecendented chronological control on the last deglaciation of the British and Irish Ice Sheet. My role in this project focussed on the application of single grain and small aliquot methods that I have developed for dealing with incompletely bleached sediments.

As well as being an Associate Editor of Radiation Measurements and editor of Journal of Quaternary Science, I am also on the editorial board of the journal Ancient TL, a journal dedicated to luminescence and electron spin resonance dating methods.


Current PhD Students

  • Robyn Pinder
  • Svenja Riedesel
  • Nina Ataee

Research Staff

  • Dr Melissa Chapot
  • Hollie, Wynne
  • Dr Xianjiao Ou


  • Member of Research and Strategy Committee
  • Co-Director of Aberystwyth Luminescence Research Laboratory
  • Radiation Protection Supervisor for DGES

Research Groups


Colarossi, D, Duller, GAT, Roberts, HM, Tooth, S & Botha, GA 2020, 'A comparison of multiple luminescence chronometers at Voordrag, South Africa', Quaternary Geochronology, vol. 60, 101094.
Larkin, ZT, Ralph, TJ, Tooth, S & Duller, GAT 2020, 'A shifting ‘river of sand’: The profound response of Australia's Warrego River to Holocene hydroclimatic change', Geomorphology, vol. 370, 107385.
Smedley, RK, Duller, GAT, Rufer, D & Utley, JEP 2020, 'Empirical assessment of beta dose heterogeneity in sediments: Implications for luminescence dating', Quaternary Geochronology, vol. 56, 101052.
Duller, GAT, Gunn, M & Roberts, HM 2020, 'Single grain infrared photoluminescence (IRPL) measurements of feldspars for dating', Radiation Measurements, vol. 133, 106313.
Roberts, DH, Ó Cofaigh, C, Ballantyne, CK, Burke, M, Chiverrell, RC, Evans, DJA, Clark, CD, Duller, GAT, Ely, J, Fabel, D, Small, D, Smedley, RK & Callard, SL 2020, 'The deglaciation of the western sector of the Irish Ice Sheet from the inner continental shelf to its terrestrial margin', Boreas.
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