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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
  • Thermokarst sediments and processes
  • Carbon cycling
  • Engineering geology of relict periglacial and permafrost features

His current research concerns:

  • Cryostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental history of permafrost deposits at Batagaika and Ulakhan Sullar, northern Siberia
  • Novel imaging of freezing-induced microcracking in rock, Sussex Permafrost Lab.
  • Oriented lake and aeolian sand relationships, Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula, Canada
  • High-resolution analysis of loess deposits, Kent, England
  • Frost-induced deformation and fracture of limestone and sandstone