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Julian Murton
Professor of Permafrost Science (Geography)
T: +44 (0)1273 678293 or +44 (0)1273 877238


Julian is a geologist whose research focusses on permafrost. His experience in clastic sedimentology, stratigraphy and experimental geomorphology is applied to understanding the processes and products associated with modern and ancient permafrost environments, particularly their structural development, palaeoenvironmental significance and preservation in the geological record.

The main topics of his research include:

  • Physical modelling experiments on rock and soil freezing and thawing
  • Ground ice and cryostratigraphy
  • Permafrost–glacier interactions
  • Yedoma sedimentology and palaeoenvironments of Beringia
  • Thermokarst sediments and processes
  • Carbon cycling in permafrost terrain
  • Engineering geology of relict periglacial and permafrost features
  • Pleistocene periglaciation in the mid-latitudes