Profile: Henry Patton
Henry graduated from the University of Reading in 2006 with a BSc. (Hons) in Physical Geography, during which time he was also able to study at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) as part of the Erasmus scheme. He then went on to complete an MSc. in Glaciology at Aberystwyth University, graduating in 2008 with distinction. Henry returned to the Centre for Glaciology at Aberystwyth in September 2008 to undertake a Ph.D numerically modelling the dynamic instabilities of the Welsh Ice Cap and Icelandic Ice Sheet, jointly funded by the department and the British Geological Survey. Now with the thesis submitted, Henry is on the search for gainful employment as well as preparing for his viva in mid February.
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My principal areas of research include:
the reconstruction of palaeo ice-sheet dynamics through empirically constrained numerical modelling and landform mapping on- and offshore,
dynamic instabilities of the Welsh Ice Cap and the Icelandic Ice Sheet during the Late Devensian.
These interests largely reflect the current direction of my PhD research, following on from work carried out during my MSc.
My masters dissertation focused on a section of Late Devensian glacigenic deposits exposed along the cliff section at Tonfanau, mid-west Wales. Combining the lithological analyses with geomorphic mapping inland, I was able to produce a relative timeline of glacial events in the area. Importantly, it was evident that Irish Sea Ice was able to impinge on the modern day coastline as far north as Tonfanau after local Welsh Ice had overridden the area. Valuable examples of post-glacial deformation are preserved along this section as well.
- Patton, H., Hubbard, A., Glasser, N.F., Bradwell, T., Golledge, N.R. The last Welsh Ice Cap: Part 2 – Dynamics of a topographically controlled ice cap. Boreas. In Press. Link
- Patton, H., Hubbard, A., Glasser, N.F., Bradwell, T., Golledge, N.R. The last Welsh Ice Cap: Part 1 – Modelling its evolution, sensitivity and associated climate. Boreas. In Press. Link
- Kuchar, J., Milne, G., Hubbard, A., Patton, H., Bradley, S., Shennan, I., Edwards, R., 2012. Evaluation of a numerical model of the British-Irish Ice Sheet using relative sea-level data: implications for the interpretation of trimline observations. Journal of Quaternary Science 27(6), 597-605. Link
- Patton, H. and Hambrey, M., 2009. Ice-marginal sedimentation associated with the Late Devensian Welsh Ice Cap and the Irish Sea Ice Stream: Tonfanau, West Wales. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 120(4), 256-274. .pdf (4mb)
- Hubbard A., Bradwell, T., Golledge, N., Hall, A., Patton, H., Sugden, D., Cooper, R., Stoker, M., 2009. Dynamic cycles, ice streams and their impact on the extent, chronology and deglaciation of the British-Irish ice sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews 28, 758-776. Link
- 26th July 2011 – INQUA – Bern, Switzerland. .pptx presentation [52mb] (Modelling the dynamic instabilities of the British-Irish Ice Sheet: The Welsh Ice Cap); animation .wmv file [2.4mb].
- 18th May 2011 – IGES departmental seminar – Aberystwyth University. .pptx presentation [99mb] (Modelling the dynamics of palaeo ice-sheets); model .mp4 file [13mb].
- 16th September 2010 - IGS British Branch – Aberystwyth University. .pptx presentation [56mb] (High-resolution modelling of the Late Devensian Welsh Ice Cap)
- 6th March 2010 – RGS-IBG Postgraduate Conference – Aberystwyth University. .pptx presentation [45mb] (Glaciology of the Late-Devensian Welsh Ice Cap); model .wmv file [1.1mb]
- 12th November 2009 – BUFI Science Festival – BGS Keyworth. .pdf poster [2.6mb] (Understanding the dynamic instablities of marine-terminating ice-sheets)
- 26th August 2009 – QRA 8th International Postgraduate Symposium – University of Manchester. .pptx presentation [55mb] (The marine sectors of palaeo ice-sheets)
- BUFI – IGES studentship grant (2008-2011)
- Departmental prize for best performance during MSc. at Part 1 (2007)