Prof Martin G Evans

Professor of Geomorphology

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Martin Evans BA (Oxon), MSc, PhD University of British Columbia

Martin is Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Manchester and Vice Dean and Head of School in the School of Environment, Education and Development. He has 20 years experience working on upland peatlands resarching the impact of erosion and restoration on water carbon and pollutant flux. Peatland carbon balance has been a particular focus. Much of this work has been undertaken in partnership with practitioners and policy makers. He has published extensively in these fields including books on peatland geomorphology and the impact of peatland restoration on ecosystem services. Recent research projects include work on the impact of peatland restoration in the uplands on downstream flood risk, analysis of carbon cycling in upland reservoir systems, and work on the transformation of particulate and organic carbon in river systems.

Martin has a wider interest in the role of geomorphological processes in the terrestrial carbon cycle. He has promoted this area of study through his work with  British Society for Geomorphology and the European Geophysical Union. Recently he held a Leverhulme fellowship working on a project on integrating geomorphological understanding into conceptualisations of the terrestrial carbon cycle and a new book is forthcoming 'Geomorphology and the Carbon Cycle'. Martin also has significant interests in schools geography. he is an editor of Geography Review, the magazine for A-Level Geographers and chaired the ALCAB geography panel which advised government on the content of new Geography A levels. he has been very active speaking to groups of teachers and stakeholders to support the introduction of the new A Level content. Martin also works to promote geography as a discipline more widely through his role as Chair of the Conference of Heads of Geography in Higher Education.

  • Chair of the Conference of Heads of Geography in Higher Education 2016-
  • Chair of the A Level Content Advisory Board Geography panel 2014-2015
  • Editor, Geography Review 2014-
  • Associate Editor, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2010-2013
  • Core Expert Panel Member IUCN Peatland Enquiry, 2009–2011
  • NERC peer review college, 2008–
  • Invited lead author National Ecosystem Assessment - Mountains and Moorlands, 2011
  • Chair British Society for Geomorphology working group on Geomorphology and Carbon, 2009-2012
  • Member Programme Committee for EGU (Geomorphology), 2011-2012
  • Member BSG Executive Committee, 2008-2011


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Administrative experience

  • 2018 - Vice Dean and Head of School, School of Environment, Education and Development
  • 2012- 2015 Head of Geography
  • 2011-2012: Deputy Head of Geography
  • 2009-2011: Post Graduate Research discipline coordinator
  • 2007-2009: Chair Geography PGT committee
  • 2005–2012 : Convenor of the Environmental Processes Research Group
  • 2001–2005: Admissions Officer
  • 2003-2009: Director of MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction
  • 2007-2009: Director of MSc in Geographical Information Science

Academic websites of interest

Upland Environments Research Unit


External positions

Chair of the Council of Heads of Geography In Higher Education

Editor Geography Review Magazine

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