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Dr Katie Reeves

Katie Reeves

Contact details


Tel.: TBA
Room: R3.30 Ramphal Building

Office hours:

  • Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00
  • Thursday 16:00 - 17:00

Both office hours are available in-person (drop-in) or online (appointment).

Please come by my office (R3.30, Ramphal Building), or message me on MS Teams during office hours to book an allocated timeslot.

Teaching Fellow


I joined Global Sustainable Development (GSD) in September 2023 as a Teaching Fellow. Prior to this, I taught within the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Ecological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, and Lancaster Environment Centre at the University of Lancaster.

I have always had an interest in the natural environment (particularly volcanoes and glaciers), and so my educational background is in Earth and Environmental Science (BSc), with a MSc in Volcanology and Geological Hazards and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science.


  • GD305 and GD323 Challenges of Climate Change, Term 1
  • GD105 Environmental Principles of Global Sustainable Development, Term 2 (co-convenor)


My research uses experimental approaches to investigate how surface particles on ice sheets/glaciers can impact ice melting behaviour. This has focussed on improving understanding of micro-scale processes involved in particle-ice interactions and subsequently applying findings to investigate volcanic particle and microplastic particle-ice contamination. This encourages the consideration of many general concepts within the cryosphere (e.g. meteorite preservation and fate in Antarctica, cryoconite development, natural hazards in dirty ice conditions, ice mass changes, fragmentation of saturated volcanic particles, fate of microplastic particles, etc.), and has subsequently broadened my research interests into general environmental change, climate change, microplastic contamination within the cryosphere, volcanology, and glaciology. These interests have fed into my teaching expertise, where I have delivered teaching on modules such as ‘Living with Environment Change’, ‘Environmental Processes and Systems’, ‘Volcanology and Geohazards’, 'Challenges of Climate Change', etc.

Conference contributions

Reeves, K., Gilbert, J., Lane, S., Leeson, A. (2022), The role of volcanic particle thermal conductivity, density, and porosity in influencing ice melt., EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23 – 27 May 2022, EGU22-8774,