Prof Neil Glasser

Prof Neil Glasser

Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences

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Neil Glasser joined Aberystwyth University in April 1999 as a Lecturer in Physical Geography and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002, Reader in 2004 and Professor in 2006. In 2006-2007 he was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. He has twice been a member of the NERC Peer Review College (2005-2008 and 2011-present) and was a member of the Steering Committee for the NERC Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility (2007-2013). Neil also serves as an editor of the Journal of Glaciology.

Recent research papers include contributions on using glacial erosional landforms to reconstruct former ice sheets, the role of structural glaciology in debris entrainment, deposition and landform development, the response of debris-covered glaciers to climate change and the long-term glacial history of Antarctica . He is currently working on large data sets concerned with Quaternary glaciations in southern South America, the response of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves to climate change and Himalayan glacial lake outburst floods.  

He is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences and he holds AU Executive-level responsibility for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Sustainability. 

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Research Interests

  • Glaciology and glacial geomorphology, particularly in the Arctic, Antarctic, Himalayas and Patagonia.
  • debris covered glaciers

DGES Projects

MAGIC-DML stands for Mapping/Measuring/Modelling Antarctic Geomorphology and Ice-elevation Change in Dronning Maud Land (DML). We have assembled a major international team who will travel to Dronning Maud Land in 2015/16 to undertake fieldwork, with full logistical support from the Swedish Polar Secretariat.

You can follow the expedition plans and progress on Twitter: @MAGICDML and on Facebook



AU Executive-level responsibility for:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)


Research Groups


Fariás-Barahona, D, Wilson, R, Bravo, C, Vivero, S, Caro, A, Shaw, TE, Casassa, G, Ayala, Á, Mejiás, A, Harrison, S, Glasser, NF, McPhee, J, Wündrich, O & Braun, MH 2020, 'A near 90-year record of the evolution of El Morado Glacier and its proglacial lake, Central Chilean Andes', Journal of Glaciology, vol. 66, no. 259, pp. 846-860.
Glasser, N, Roman, M, Holt, T, Zebre, M, Patton, H & Hubbard, A 2020, 'Modification of bedrock surfaces by glacial abrasion and quarrying: Evidence from North Wales', Geomorphology, vol. 365, 107283.
Davies, BJ, Darvill, CM, Lovell, H, Bendle, JM, Dowdeswell, JA, Fabel, D, García, JL, Geiger, A, Glasser, NF, Gheorghiu, DM, Harrison, S, Hein, AS, Kaplan, MR, Martin, JRV, Mendelova, M, Palmer, A, Pelto, M, Rodés, Á, Sagredo, EA, Smedley, RK, Smellie, JL & Thorndycraft, VR 2020, 'The evolution of the Patagonian Ice Sheet from 35 ka to the present day (PATICE)', Earth-Science Reviews, vol. 204, 103152.
Newall, JCH, Dymova, T, Serra, E, Blomdin, R, Fredin, O, Glasser, NF, Suganuma, Y, Harbor, JM & Stroeven, AP 2020, 'The glacial geomorphology of western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica', Journal of Maps, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 468-478.
James, WHM, Carrivick, JL, Quincey, DJ & Glasser, N 2019, 'A geomorphology based reconstruction of ice volume distribution at the Last Glacial Maximum across the Southern Alps of New Zealand', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 219, pp. 20-35.
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