Prof Stephen Tooth

Geography BSc degree from the University of Southampton

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

Prof Stephen Tooth


Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

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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.


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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


Li, J, Tooth, S & Yao, G 2019, 'Cascades of sub-decadal, channel-floodplain changes in low-gradient, non-vegetated reaches near a dryland river terminus: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 490-506.
Lisenby, PE, Tooth, S & Ralph, TJ 2019, 'Product vs. process? The role of geomorphology in wetland characterization' Science of the Total Environment, vol. 663, pp. 980-991.
Heritage, G, Entwistle, N, Milan, D & Tooth, S 2019, 'Quantifying and contextualising cyclone-driven, extreme flood magnitudes in bedrock-influenced dryland rivers' Advances in Water Resources, vol. 123.
Lan, S, Thomas, A, Tooth, S, Wu, L & Hu, C 2019, 'Small-Scale Spatial Heterogeneity of Photosynthetic Fluorescence Associated with Biological Soil Crust Succession in the Tengger Desert, China' Microbial Ecology.
Fryirs, KA, Ralph, TJ, Larkin, ZT, Tooth, S, Humphries, M, McCarthy, T, Hesse, PP & Mosimanyana, E 2018, 'A nested hierarchical perspective to enhance interpretations and communication in fluvial geomorphology for use in water resources management: Lessons from the Okavango Delta, Botswana' Geographical Journal, vol. 184, no. 2, pp. 192-207.
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