Department of Geography

Staff

Paul Weber

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc
  • Role Title: PhD research student
  • Address: Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6347
  • Email: paul.weber@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science

Biography

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the Humboldt University of Berlin (2007–2010) and a Master’s degree in Geosciences from the University of Oslo (2011–2014). In 2015, I joined the University of Portsmouth as a PhD research student.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am a teaching assistant for the following undergraduate units:

  • Geography, Skills and Prospects (1st year tutorial)
  • Foundations of Geographical Information Science (1st year unit)
  • Research Design and Practice (2nd year unit)
  • Residential Field Class (2nd year Ireland fieldtrip)
  • Applied Spatial Data Analysis (2nd year unit)
  • Quaternary Climates and Landscapes (3rd year unit)
  • Environmental and Climate Change: Theory (3rd year unit)

I have a Graduate Students’ Professional Development (GPROF) diploma to teach and support learning in UK Higher Education.

Research

I am particularly interested in glacial geomorphology, in assessing recent glacier change as well as reconstructing the extent, dynamics and timing of Quaternary ice masses, specifically in Scandinavia.

My PhD research focuses on ice-marginal processes and retreat dynamics of plateau icefields in Norway. The project uses the glacial landform record produced during the Little Ice Age (LIA) glacier maximum (ca. AD 1750) and subsequent recession to (1) assess the response of Norwegian icefields to climate change since the LIA, and (2) explore the extent to which this response is influenced by local topographic and hypsometric factors.

This research is supervised by Dr Harold Lovell and Dr Clare Boston, both from the Department of Geography, as well as Dr Philip Benson from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

My project has received the following external research grants with a total value of more than £5,500:

  • Dudley Stamp Memorial Award, administered by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS with IBG)
  • British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) Postgraduate Research Grant
  • Quaternary Research Association (QRA) New Research Workers’ Award
  • RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award
  • Mount Everest Foundation (MEF) Expedition Grant

As part of my PhD research, I am working together with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) in Oslo, Norway. This collaboration is funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme and the Faculty of Science’s Placement Scheme for Postgraduate Researchers.

Please see this blog post for more information about my collaboration with NVE and my research.