Cook, Simon


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I am particularly interested in developing collaborations and postgraduate projects around the following themes (in no particular order):

  • Hazards and risks associated with deglaciation (e.g. glacial lake outburst floods [GLOFs], landslides)
  • Geomorphological responses to deglaciation
  • Controls on glacial lake development
  • Glacial erosion and sediment transfer
  • Carbon and nutrient transfer from glacial systems
  • Public communication of geohazard and risk science

Current and former postgraduate students

  • Kirsty Jefferies, MSc by Research (Lead supervisor, University of Dundee), May 2023 - Present (part-time). Controls on debris-covered glacier development.
  • Jamie Macmanaway, MSc by Research (Lead supervisor, University of Dundee), May 2022 - Present (part-time). Glacial lake dynamics in the Bolivian Andes. 
  • Alex Scoffield, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at University of Leeds), January 2022 - present. Proglacial lakes and their impact on Himalayan glacier evolution.
  • Will Wenban, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at University of Sheffield), September 2020-Present. Glacial erosion of the Alps.
  • Tanya Jones, PhD (Co-Supervisor, University of Dundee), September 2019 – Present (part-time). Can Restorative Justice Create Process of Restorative Climate Justice Applicable to Adaptation Needs of Those Affected by Deglaciation?
  • Saule Akhmetkaliyeva, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at Manchester Metropolitan University), September 2017 – Present. Carbon and nutrient export from glaciers.
  • Dr Anne Stefaniak, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at Nottingham Trent University), January 2016 - June 2021. Debris-covered glaciers: Assessing dynamics of European Alpine and Nepalese Himalayan examples.
  • Dr Jamal Hassan, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at University of Dundee), August 2018 – June 2021. Observed and Predicted Climate Change Impact on Water Resources of the Upper Indus Basin.
  • Ethan Lee, MRes (Co-Supervisor, based at Leeds University), September 2018 – September 2019. Himalayan glacier change since the Little Ice Age.
  • Dr Maria Loroño-Leturiondo, PhD (Co-Supervisor, based at Manchester Metropolitan University), September 2016 - September 2019. Improving public engagement with air pollution: exploring two-way communication formats, public perception, and the voices of women.
  • Dr Ioannis Kougkoulos, PhD (Lead Supervisor), January 2016 – January 2019. Glacier change and glacial lake outburst flood hazard in the Bolivian Andes.
  • Dr Mario Toubes Rodrigo, PhD (Lead Supervisor), September 2014 – October 2017. Geomicrobiology of glacier basal ice. 


I teach on the following modules (* denotes module leader):

  • EV11001* The Physical Environment (introduction to geology)
  • EV21001 Management and Monitoring (Scottish geology & georesources)
  • GE32025* Advanced Field Research (Iceland Fieldcourse)
  • GE32026 / GE42024* (Advanced) Polar Environments
  • GE31020 Field and Laboratory Skills in Physical Geography (Geomorphological Mapping)
  • GE31002 / GE41013 (Advanced) Glacial Processes and Environments


I am a geoscientist with interests in glaciology, geohazards and the geomorphology of mountain environments. Much of my works focuses on understanding the mechanisms that shape landscapes (including glacial, fluvial and mass movement processes), as well as the response of glacial environments to climate change, including geohazards and risks posed by deglaciation (e.g. glacial outburst floods, landslides and water resource issues). You can follow me on Twitter (@glacio_cook) or Researchgate for updates on my work.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PGCert THE, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 1 Jun 2015

Doctor of Philosophy, Keele University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, University of Greenwich

Award Date: 1 Aug 2003

External positions

SAGES (Scottish Association for Geoscience, Envrionment & Society) Executive Committee Member

1 Oct 2018 → …

Publications Secretary , British Society for Geomorphology

1 Sept 201531 Aug 2018

Reviews Editor

GAPHAZ member


  • G Geography (General)
  • Glaciology
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Geohazards
  • GB Physical geography
  • Climate Change


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