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Greg Rushby   BSc, MRes, PhD

Greg Rushby


BSc, MRes, PhD

Tutor in Physical Geography

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


I am a geographer and geomorphologist with a particular specialism in the reconstruction of Mid- and Late Holocene coastal environments. My focus has been on the reconstructing both relative sea-level change and the occurence of extreme sea levels in the UK with a view to extending this working further beyond. I am principally concerned with how we can combine methodological approaches, that have hitherto seen minimal interaction within single studies, to better reconstruct coastal systems, their climatological influences, and their morphological change.

Additionally, I am also concerned with how these approaches to the study of Quaternary coastal settings can enable better coastal zone and flood risk management. I do also have interests that extend beyond coastal settings, in particular to fluvial systems and fine sediment fluxes as well as how novel OSL based techniques may enable improved chronological constraints in systems beyond just at the coastal zone.

Interests include;

  • Coastal and catchment geomorphology
  • Palaeo-environmental reconstruction
  • Geochronology
  • Geophysics
  • Coastal and catchment management
  • Flood risk
  • Environmental contamination






The focus of my work has been to explore the reconstruction of coastal morphology, sea level and storm surges using a combination of sedimentary, historic and instrumental data. This was explored in the context of coastal flood risk and management in a future changing climate. Recently this has turned to developing a combined toolset for relating past hydrodynamic conditions to morphological change on decadal to centennial timescales.

I have applied and gained expertise in a wide range of techniques for the study of Quaternary environments. These include geochronology (OSL, Radiocarbon, Pb-210/Cs-137), geophysics (GPR), GIS and spatial data archaeology, remote sensing (LiDAR data, Landsat via GEE), sediment analysis (geochemistry, particle size, characterisation), and field skills (surveying, morphological
mapping, coring).


I have taught on a wide range of modules in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. In particular I lead the introductory module EA1300: Dynamic Environments for our first year students and have led and taught on a range of modules relating to geomorphology and environmental hazards. I have also supervised many excellent dissertation students across my years here.

  • EA1300: Dynamic Environments
  • EA1305: Geography Field Skills
  • EA2307: Geographical Data Analysis, Field and Professional Skills
  • EA2311: The Coastal System
  • EA3317: Hazards, Risk and Resilience
  • EA3319: Environmental Geomorphology
  • EAT402: Environmental Hazards in a Changing World
  • EAT409: Remote Sensing of Hazards and Risks


  • January 2020 - Present: Tutor in Coastal Geography, Cardiff University
  • 2014 - 2022: PhD in Methodological approaches to reconstructing
    storms, relative sea level, coastal evolution, and their driving factors in the Mid- to Late Holocene
  • 2013 - 2014: MRes Sustainable Environmental Management, Plymouth University
  • 2010 - 2013: BSc Geography, Plymouth University