Prof Neil Glasser

Prof Neil Glasser

Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences

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Professor Neil Glasser 
Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences


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 and is the Founding Editor of Quaternary Sciences Advances


Recent research grants and 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 the response of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to climate change, Himalayan glacial lake outburst floods and future water availability, and the microbiology of Arctic ice masses.  


He is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, which contains three large Academic Departments (Life Sciences, Geography & Earth Sciences and Psychology) as well as a large Research Institute (IBERS).    He holds AU Executive-level responsibility for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and Environment & Sustainability.



Glaciology and glacial geomorphology, particularly in the Arctic, Antarctic, Himalayas and Patagonia


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


Wolff, IW, Glasser, NF, Harrison, S, Wood, JL & Hubbard, A 2023, 'A steady-state model reconstruction of the patagonian ice sheet during the last glacial maximum', Quaternary Science Advances , vol. 12, 100103. 10.1016/j.qsa.2023.100103
Andersen, JL, Newall, JC, Fredin, O, Glasser, NF, Lifton, NA, Stuart, FM, Fabel, D, Caffee, M, Pedersen, VK, Koester, AJ, Suganuma, Y, Harbor, JM & Stroeven, AP 2023, 'A topographic hinge-zone divides coastal and inland ice dynamic regimes in East Antarctica', Communications Earth and Environment, vol. 4, no. 1, 9. 10.1038/s43247-022-00673-6, 10.5281/zenodo.7422400
Davies, B, Bendle, J, Glasser, N, García, JL & Kaplan, M 2023, 'Glaciation and climate change in the Andean Cordillera', Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 11, 1129795. 10.3389/feart.2023.1129795
Peacey, MW, Reynolds, JM, Holt, TO & Glasser, NF 2023, 'Glacier structure influence on Himalayan ice-front morphology', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 48, no. 9, pp. 1679-1700. 10.1002/esp.5576
Hughes, PD, Clark, CD, Gibbard, PL, Glasser, NF & Tomkins, MD 2022, Britain and Ireland: Glacial landforms during deglaciation. in D Palacios, PD Hughes, JM Garcia-Ruiz & ND Andrés (eds), European Glacial Landscapes: The Last Deglaciation. Elsevier, pp. 129-139. 10.1016/B978-0-323-91899-2.00027-9
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