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Dr Katie Reeves

Katie Reeves

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Room: R3.30 Ramphal Building

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Teaching Fellow


I joined GSD in September 2023 as a Teaching Fellow. Prior to this, I worked in a teaching role 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 I chose to study Earth and Environmental Science for my undergraduate degree. I then completed a Masters in Volcanology and Geological Hazards and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science. My Ph.D. research used experimental approaches to investigate how surface particles on ice sheets/glaciers can impact ice melting behaviour, initially focusing on understanding micro-scale processes involved in particle-ice interaction. This was then applied to an assessment of volcanic particle-ice interaction (e.g. following deposition of volcanic material onto an ice surface after an eruption), and microplastic particle-ice interaction after published field studies demonstrated the presence of microplastics within the cryosphere. This research allowed the consideration of many different concepts within the cryosphere (e.g. meteorite preservation and fates in Antarctica, cryoconite development, 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’, 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,