Christopher Darvill


  • Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Geography

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

President's Doctoral Scholarships, SEED Scholarships and SEED Racial Equality Scholarships. Information below.

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I am a Physical Geographer and Quaternary Scientist interested in how changing climate affected the timing and nature of glacier and ice sheet activity over the last 2.5 million years.

My research involves using geomorphology left behind by ancient ice sheets and glaciers to reconstruct their former advance and retreat. I use geochronological techniques to reconstruct rates of past ice activity in Patagonia, western North America, Antarctica and Greenland.

I am part of the Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology research group.


Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester, UK (2022-present)

Lecturer, The University of Manchester, UK (2017-2022)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UNBC, Canada (2016-2017)

Postdoctoral Assistant Sedimentologist, British Antarctic Survey, UK (2015)

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Supervision information


I  am interested in taking on new postgraduate PhD students who are motivated and enthusiastic about research topics that align with my areas of expertise. You are welcome to get in touch at any time to discuss ideas.

Prospective students need to apply to the Postgraduate Research Programme before February to start in the following September. Contact me first to discuss project ideas.

Competitive funding is available through PhD studentships, including President's Doctoral ScholarshipsSEED Scholarships and SEED Racial Equality Scholarships. Deadlines for funding applications are early March.

Current Postgraduate Researchers

Oliver Thomas (2022–2026) 'From summits to cirques: Deciphering the nature and rate of ice loss from the last Welsh Ice Cap' (with Prof. Phil Hughes and Dr Pete Ryan). Funded by a SEED Scholarship.

Shashank Nitundil (2022–2026) 'Past glaciations and palaeoenvironmental conditions in eastern Himalayas' (with Dr Abi Stone and Prof. Phil Hughes). Funded by a SEED/Presidential Scholarship.

Bingdian Wang (2023–2027) 'Glaciers and climate change in mid-latitude regions, from the Mediterranean to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau' (with Prof. Phil Hughes and Prof. Jamie Woodward).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Quaternary Science, University of Durham


Master of Science, Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway, University of London


Bachelor of Science, Geography, University of Exeter


External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Durham


Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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