Prof Stephen Tooth

Geography BSc degree from the University of Southampton

PhD in Physical Geography from the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Prof Stephen Tooth

Chair

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Professor Stephen Tooth graduated with a Geography BSc degree from the University of Southampton and completed a PhD at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He undertook post doctoral work at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, before joining DGES (formerly IGES) in April 2000.

Teaching

Research

Group Affiliation

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Research Interests

Geomorphology and sedimentology, especially in the drylands of Australia and southern Africa. Particular research themes include: anabranching rivers; floodplains and floodouts; wetlands in drylands; channel-vegetation interactions; bedrock-influenced rivers; controls on gully erosion; long-term fluvial landscape development; palaeoenvironmental change; global climate change and the Anthropocene; and the use of drylands on Earth as analogues for Martian surface environments.

Current PhD Students

: Sioned Llywelyn (co-supervised with Dr Hywel Griffiths and Dr Cerys Jones)

: Julian Ruddock (co-supervised with Professor John Harvey, School of Art)

: Zacc Larkin (Macquarie University, Sydney: co-supervised with Dr Tim Ralph and Professor Kirstie Fryirs)

Research Groups

  • Environment and Society
  • River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology

Publications

Griffiths, H, Tooth, S & Richardson, J 2013, 'Ffurf a phroses ar safleoedd craigwely afonydd gorllewin Cymru a'u potensial ar fel safleoedd geo-dreftadaeth' Paper presented at Cynhadledd Wyddonol y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2013, .
Tooth, S 2013, Google EarthTM in geomorphology: re-enchanting, revolutionising, or just another resource? in J Shroder (ed.), Treatise on Geomorphology. vol. 14, Elsevier.
Keen-Zebert, A, Tooth, S, Rodnight, H, Duller, GAT, Roberts, HM & Grenfell, M 2013, 'Late Quaternary floodplain reworking and the preservation of alluvial sedimentary archives in unconfined and confined river valleys in the eastern interior of South Africa' Geomorphology, vol 185, pp. 54-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.12.004
Tooth, S 2013, Dryland fluvial environments: assessing distinctiveness and diversity from a global perspective. in JF Shroder (ed.), Treatise on Geomorphology. 1 edn, vol. 9, Elsevier, pp. 612–644. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374739-6.00257-8
Brown, AG, Tooth, S, Chiverrell, RC, Rose, J, Thomas, DSG, Wainwright, J, Bullard, JE, Thorndycraft, VR, Aalto, R & Downs, P 2013, 'The Anthropocene: is there a geomorphological case?' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol 38, no. 4, pp. 431–434. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3368
Paillou, P, Tooth, S & Lopez, S 2012, 'The Kufrah paleodrainage system in Libya: A past connection to the Mediterranean Sea?' Comptes Rendus Geoscience, vol 344, no. 8, pp. 406-414. DOI: 10.1016/j.crte.2012.07.002
Craddock, RA, Howard, AD, Irwin III, RP, Tooth, S, Williams, RME & Chu, P 2012, 'Drainage network development in the Keanakāko‘i tephra, Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai‘i: Implications for fluvial erosion and valley network formation on early Mars' Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, vol 117, no. E8, E08009. DOI: 10.1029/2012JE004074
Tooth, S 2012, 'Arid geomorphology: Changing perspectives on timescales of change' Progress in Physical Geography, vol 36, no. 2, pp. 262-284. DOI: 10.1177/0309133311417943
Tooth, S, McCarthy, T, Rodnight, H, Keen-Zebert, A, Rowberry, M & Brandt, D 2012, 'Late Holocene development of a major fluvial discontinuity in floodplain wetlands of the Blood River, eastern South Africa' Geomorphology, vol 205, pp. 128–141. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.12.045
McCarthy, TS, Tooth, S, Jacobs, Z, Rowberry, MD, Thompson, M, Brandt, D, Hancox, PJ, Marren, PM, Woodborne, SM & Ellery, WN 2011, 'The origin and development of the Nyl River floodplain wetland, Limpopo Province, South Africa: trunk–tributary river interactions in a dryland setting' South African Geographical Journal, vol 93, no. 2, pp. 172-190. DOI: 10.1080/03736245.2011.619324
Tooth, S & Nanson, GC 2011, Distinctiveness and diversity of arid zone rivers. in DSG Thomas (ed.), Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands. 3 edn, Wiley, pp. 269-300.
McCarthy, TS, Ellery, WN, Backwell, L, Marren, P, Klerk, BD, Tooth, S, Brandt, D & Woodborne, S 2010, 'The character, origin and palaeoenvironmental significance of the Wonderkrater spring mound, South Africa' Journal of African Earth Sciences, vol 58, no. 1, pp. 115-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2010.02.004
McCarthy, TS, Tooth, S, Kotze, DC, Collins, N, Wandrag, G & Pike, T 2010, 'The role of geomorphology in evaluating remediation options for floodplain wetlands: the case of Ramsar-listed Seekoeivlei, eastern South Africa' Wetlands Ecology and Management, vol 18, no. 2, pp. 119-134. DOI: 10.1007/s11273-009-9153-7
Woodward, JC, Tooth, S, Brewer, P & Macklin, M 2010, 'The 4th International Palaeoflood Workshop and Trends in Palaeoflood Science' Global and Planetary Change, vol 70, no. 1-4, pp. 1-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2009.11.002
Macklin, M, Tooth, S, Brewer, P, Noble, PL & Duller, GAT 2010, 'Holocene flooding and river development in a Mediterranean steepland catchment: The Anapodaris Gorge, south central Crete, Greece' Global and Planetary Change, vol 70, no. 1-4, pp. 35-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2009.11.006
Tooth, S, Rodnight, H, McCarthy, TS, Duller, GAT & Grundling, A 2009, 'Late Quaternary dynamics of a South African floodplain wetland and the implications for assessing recent human impacts' Geomorphology, vol 106, no. 3-4, pp. 278-291. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.11.009
Tooth, S 2009, 'Arid geomorphology: emerging research themes and new frontiers' Progress in Physical Geography, vol 33, no. 2, pp. 251-287. DOI: 10.1177/0309133309338135
Tooth, S 2009, 'Invisible geomorphology?' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol 34, no. 5, pp. 752-754. DOI: 10.1002/esp.1724
Ellery, W, Grenfell, MC, Grenfell, S, Kotze, D, McCarthy, TS, Tooth, S, Grundling, PL, Beckendahl, H, Le Maitre, D & Ramsay, L 2009, WET-origins: Controls on the distribution and dynamics of wetlands in South Africa: Water Research Commission (WRC) Report . Wetland Management Series, Water Research Commission.
Paillou, P, Schuster, M, Tooth, S, Farr, T, Rosenqvist, A, Lopez, S & Malezieux, J-M 2009, 'Mapping of a major paleodrainage system in eastern Libya using orbital imaging radar: The Kufrah River' Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol 277, no. 3-4, pp. 327-333. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2008.10.029
Tooth, S, Jansen, JD, Nanson, GC, Coulthard, TJ & Pietsch, T 2008, 'Riparian vegetation and the late Holocene development of an anabranching river: Magela Creek, northern Australia' Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol 120, no. 7-8, pp. 1021-1035. DOI: 10.1130/B26165.1
Tooth, S 2008, 'Arid geomorphology: recent progress from an Earth System Science perspective' Progress in Physical Geography, vol 32, no. 1, pp. 81-101. DOI: 10.1177/0309133308089500
Tooth, S 2007, 'Arid geomorphology: investigating past, present and future changes' Progress in Physical Geography, vol 31, no. 3, pp. 319-335. DOI: 10.1177/0309133307079057
Tooth, S & McCarthy, TS 2007, 'Wetlands in drylands: geomorphological and sedimentological characteristics, with emphasis on examples from southern Africa' Progress in Physical Geography, vol 31, no. 1, pp. 3-41. DOI: 10.1177/0309133307073879
Tooth, S, Rodnight, H, Duller, GAT, McCarthy, TS, Marren, PM & Brandt, D 2007, 'Chronology and controls of avulsion along a mixed bedrock-alluvial river' Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol 119, pp. 452-461. DOI: 10.1130/B26032.1
Springer, GS, Tooth, S & Wohl, EE 2006, 'Theoretical modeling of stream potholes based upon empirical observations from the Orange River, Republic of South Africa' Geomorphology, vol 82, no. 1-2, pp. 160-176. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2005.09.023
Marren, PM, McCarthy, TS, Tooth, S, Brandt, D, Stacey, GG, Leong, A & Spottiswoode, B 2006, 'A comparison of mud- and sand-dominated meanders in a downstream coarsening reach of the mixed bedrock-alluvial Klip River, eastern Free State, South Africa' Sedimentary Geology, vol 190, no. 1-4, pp. 213-226. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2006.05.014
Rodnight, H, Duller, GAT, Wintle, AG & Tooth, S 2006, 'Assessing the reproducibility and accuracy of optical dating of fluvial deposits' Quaternary Geochronology, vol 1, no. 2, pp. 109-120. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2006.05.017
Rodnight, H, Duller, GAT, Tooth, S & Wintle, AG 2005, 'Optical dating of a scroll-bar sequence on the Klip River, South Africa, to derive the lateral migration rate of a meander bend' Holocene, vol 15, no. 6, pp. 802-811. DOI: 10.1191/0959683605hl854ra
Tooth, S & McCarthy, TS 2004, 'Controls on the transition from meandering to straight channels in the wetlands of the Okavango Delta, Botswana' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol 29, no. 13, pp. 1627-1649. DOI: 10.1002/esp.1117
Tooth, S & Nanson, GC 2004, 'Forms and processes of two highly contrasting rivers in arid central Australia, and the implications for channel-pattern discrimination and prediction' Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol 116, no. 7-8, pp. 802-816. DOI: 10.1130/B25308.1
Tooth, S & McCarthy, TS 2004, 'Anabranching in mixed bedrock-alluvial rivers: the example of the Orange River above Augrabies Falls, Northern Cape Province, South Africa' Geomorphology, vol 57, no. 3-4, pp. 235-262. DOI: 10.1016/S0169-555X(03)00105-3
Tooth, S, Brandt, D, Hancox, PJ & McCarthy, TS 2004, 'Geological controls on alluvial river behaviour: a comparative study of three rivers on the South African Highveld' Journal of African Earth Sciences, vol 38, no. 1, pp. 79-97. DOI: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2003.08.003
Tooth, S, McCarthy, TS, Brandt, T, Hancox, PJ & Morris, R 2002, 'Geological controls on the formation of alluvial meanders and floodplain wetlands: the example of the Klip River, eastern Free State, South Africa' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol 27, no. 8, pp. 797-815. DOI: 10.1002/esp.353
Tooth, S 2017, 'The geomorphology of wetlands in drylands: resilience, non-resilience, or …?' Geomorphology.
Griffiths, H, Salisbury, E & Tooth, S 2017, ‘May God place a bridge over the River Tywi’: interrogating flood perceptions and memories in Welsh medieval poetry. in G Endfield & L Veale (eds), Cultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather : A Historical Geography Perspective. Routledge Research in Historical Geography, Taylor & Francis, pp. 93-111.
Griffiths, H, Goodwin, G, Keevil, T, Salisbury, E, Tooth, S & Roberts, D 2017, 'Searching for an Anthropo(s)cene in the uplands of mid Wales' GeoHumanities. DOI: 10.1080/2373566X.2017.1329631
Larkin, ZT, Ralph, TJ, Tooth, S & McCarthy, T 2017, 'The Interplay Between Extrinsic and Intrinsic controls in Determining Floodplain Wetland Characteristics in the South African Drylands' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol 42, no. 7, pp. 1092-1109. DOI: 10.1002/esp.4075
Larkin, ZT, Tooth, S, Ralph, TJ, Duller, G, McCarthy, T, Keen-Zebert, AK & Humphries, M 2017, 'Timescales, mechanisms, and controls of incisional avulsions in floodplain wetlands: insights from the Tshwane River, semiarid South Africa' Geomorphology, vol 283, pp. 158-172. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.01.021
Brown, AG, Tooth, S, Bullard, JE, Thomas, DSG, Chiverrell, RC, Plater, AJ, Murton, J, Thorndycraft, VR, Tarolli, P, Rose, J, Wainwright, J, Downs, P & Aalto, R 2017, 'The geomorphology of the Anthropocene: emergence, status and implications' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol 42, no. 1, pp. 71-90. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3943
Williams, R, Tooth, S & Gibson, M 2016, 'The sky is the limit: Reconstructing physical geography from an aerial perspective' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol 41, no. 1, pp. 134-146. DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2016.1241986
Tooth, S, Viles, HA, Dickinson, A, Dixon, SJ, Falcini, A, Griffiths, HM, Hawkins, H, Lloyd-Jones, J, Ruddock, J, Thorndycraft, VR & Whalley, B 2016, 'Visualising geomorphology: improving communication of data and concepts through engagement with the arts' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol 41, no. 12, pp. 1793-1796. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3990
Keen-Zebert, A, Tooth, S & Stuart, FM 2016, 'Cosmogenic 3HE Measurements Provide Insight into Lithologic controls on Bedrock Channel Incision: Examples from the South African Interior' Journal of Geology, vol 124, no. 3. DOI: 10.1086/685506
Craddock, RA, Tooth, S, Zimbelman, JR, Wilson, SA, Maxwell, TA & Kling, C 2015, 'Temporal observations of a linear sand dune in the Simpson Desert, central Australia: Testing models for dune formation on planetary surfaces' Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, vol 120, no. 10, pp. 1736-1750. DOI: 10.1002/2015JE004892
Colarossi, D, Duller, GAT, Roberts, HM, Tooth, S & Lyons, JR 2015, 'Comparison of paired quartz OSL and feldspar pIRIR dose distributions in poorly bleached fluvial sediments from South Africa' Quaternary Geochronology, vol 30, no. B, pp. 233-238. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2015.02.015
Duller, GAT, Tooth, S, Barham, L & Tsukamoto, S 2015, 'New investigations at Kalambo Falls, Zambia: Luminescence chronology, site formation, and archaeological significance' Journal of Human Evolution, vol 85, pp. 111-125. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.05.003
Irwin III, RP, Tooth, S, Craddock, RA, Howard, AD & Baptista de Latour, A 2014, 'Origin and development of theater-headed valleys in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile: Morphological analogs to martian valley networks' Icarus, vol 243, pp. 296-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.08.012
Lyons, JR, Tooth, S & Duller, GAT 2014, 'Late Quaternary climatic changes revealed by luminescence dating, mineral magnetism and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy of river terrace palaeosols: a new form of geoproxy data for the southern African interior' Quaternary Science Reviews, vol 95, pp. 43-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.04.021
Lyons, JR, Tooth, S & Duller, GAT 2013, 'Chronology and controls of donga (gully) formation in the upper Blood River catchment, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Evidence for a climatic driver of erosion' Holocene, vol 23, no. 12, pp. 1875-1887. DOI: 10.1177/0959683613508157
Griffiths, H, Tooth, S & Richardson, J 2013, 'Pothole growth dynamics in mixed bedrock-alluyvial rivers: Importance for fluvial landscape development under changing environments' Paper presented at 2013 BSG Annual Conference, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2013, .
Richardson, J, Tooth, S & Griffiths, H 2013, 'Processes and rates of bedrock erosion in Welsh rivers and the implications for long-term landsacpe development' 8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology, Paris, France, 2013 - 2013, pp. 286.
Tooth, S & Griffiths, H 2013, 'Floods, drought and human-environment interactions in the writing of the Welsh diaspora in the new geographical frontier of Patagonia' Paper presented at 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual Meeting, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2013 - 2013, .
Tooth, S, Hancox, PJ, Brandt, D, McCarthy, TS, Jacobs, Z & Woodborne, S 2013, 'Controls On the Genesis, Sedimentary Architecture, and Preservation Potential of Dryland Alluvial Successions In Stable Continental Interiors: Insights from the Incising Modder River, South Africa' Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol 83, no. 7, pp. 541-561. DOI: 10.2110/jsr.2013.46
Griffiths, H & Tooth, S 2013, 'Floods, drought and human-environment interactions in the writing of the Welsh diaspora in Patagonia' Future Climate Dialogues, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2013, .