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)


Griffiths, H, Tooth, S & Kaless, G 2023, Exploring 'y paith': historical and contemporary perceptions of desert environments in Patagonia, Argentina. in Storied Deserts.
Tooth, S, Ralph, T, Larkin, Z & McCarthy, T 2023, Rivers and resilience: A longer term view from the drylands. in Resilience and Riverine Landscapes. Elsevier, pp. 177-207. 10.1016/B978-0-323-91716-2.00009-1
Tooth, S 2022, Dryland Fluvial Environments: Assessing Distinctiveness and Diversity From a Global Perspective. in JF Shroder (ed.), Treatise on Geomorphology. 2 edn, Elsevier, pp. 961-993. 10.1016/B978-0-12-818234-5.60044-5
Macklin, M, Booth, J, Brewer, P, Tooth, S & Duller, GAT 2022, 'How have Cretan rivers responded to late Holocene uplift? A multi-millennial, multi-catchment field experiment to evaluate the applicability of Schumm and Parker's (1973) complex response model', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 47, no. 9, pp. 2178-2197. 10.1002/esp.5370
Tooth, S, McCarthy, TS, Duller, GAT, Assine, ML, Wolski, P & Coetzee, G 2022, 'Significantly enhanced mid Holocene fluvial activity in a globally important, arid-zone wetland: The Okavango Delta, Botswana', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 854-871. 10.1002/esp.5289
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