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Benjamin Chandler


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Works at Department of Physical Geography
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Postal address Inst för naturgeografi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a researcher in the Climate Science and Quaternary Geology unit at the Department of Physical Geography, and a member of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research (Research Area 3 - Hydrosphere, Cryosphere and Climate; Research Area 5 - Historical to Millennial Climate Variability). I am also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

I am currently undertaking postdoctoral research on the application of near-surface geophysics to glacial environments. This research is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


My research interests and expertise are focused on understanding the extent and dynamics of present and former glaciers, principally through investigating sediment-landform signatures in terrestrial glacial environments. This involves a combination of field-based glacial geology (geomorphological mapping and sedimentology), near-surface geophysics, GIS and/or remote sensing. I am particularly interested in the following research themes:

  • Geophysical investigations of terrestrial glacial environments
  • Modes of ice-marginal and proglacial sediment deposition
  • Historical and contemporary glacier change in the Nordic countries
  • Geomorphology, dynamics and thermal regimes of plateau icefields
  • Extent, dynamics and palaeoclimatic implications of Quaternary ice masses


Peer-reviewed articles:

Chandler, B.M.P, Evans, D.J.A., Chandler, S.J.P., Ewertowski, M.W., Lovell, H., Roberts, D.H., Schaefer, M., Tomczyk, A.M. (2020) The glacial landsystem of Fjallsjökull, Iceland: spatial and temporal evolution of process-form regimes at an active temperate glacier. Geomorphology, 361, 107192.

Chandler, B.M.P., Chandler, S.J.P., Evans, D.J.A., Ewertowski, M.W., Lovell, H., Roberts, D.H., Schaefer, M., Tomczyk, A.M. (2020) Sub-annual moraine formation at an active temperate Icelandic glacier. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 45(7), 1622–1643.

Chandler, B.M.P., Lukas, S., Boston, C.M. (2020) Processes of ‘hummocky moraine’ formation in the Gaick, Scotland: insights into the ice-marginal dynamics of a Younger Dryas plateau icefield. Boreas, 49(2), 248–268.

Chandler, B.M.P., Boston, C.M., Lukas, S. (2019) A spatially-restricted Younger Dryas plateau icefield in the Gaick, Scotland: Reconstruction and palaeoclimatic implications. Quaternary Science Reviews, 211, 107–135.

Chandler, B.M.P., Lukas, S., Boston, C.M., Merritt, J.W. (2019) Glacial geomorphology of the Gaick, Central Grampians, Scotland. Journal of Maps, 15(2), 61–79.

Chandler, B.M.P., Lovell, H., Boston, C.M., Lukas, S., Barr, I.D., Benediktsson, Í.Ö., Benn, D.I., Clark, C.D., Darvill, C.M., Evans, D.J.A., Ewertowski, M.W., Loibl, D., Margold, M., Otto, J-C., Roberts, D.H., Stokes, C.R., Storrar, R.D., Stroeven, A.P. (2018) Glacial geomorphological mapping: A review of approaches and frameworks for best practice. Earth-Science Reviews, 185, 806–846.

Chandler, B.M.P., Lukas, S. (2017) Reconstruction of Loch Lomond Stadial (Younger Dryas) glaciers on Ben More Coigach, NW Scotland, and implications for reconstructing palaeoclimate using small ice masses. Journal of Quaternary Science, 32(4), 475–492.

Chandler, B.M.P., Evans, D.J.A., Roberts, D.H. (2016) Recent retreat at a temperate Icelandic glacier in the context of the last ~80 years of climate change in the North Atlantic region. αrktos, 2(1), 24.

Chandler, B.M.P., Evans, D.J.A., Roberts, D.H. (2016) Characteristics of recessional moraines at a temperate glacier in SE Iceland: Insights into patterns, rates and drivers of glacier retreat. Quaternary Science Reviews, 135, 171-205.

Chandler, B.M.P., Evans, D.J.A., Roberts, D.H., Ewertowski, M.W., Clayton, A.I. (2016) Glacial geomorphology of the Skálafellsjökull foreland, Iceland: A case study of 'annual' moraines. Journal of Maps, 12(5), 904-916.

Book chapters:

Chandler, B.M.P., Evans D.J.A. (In press) Glacial Processes and Sediments. In: Alderton, D., Elias, S. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Geology (2nd Edition). Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Chandler, B.M.P., Evans, D.J.A., Roberts, D.H. (2018) Glacial landsystem development at Skálafellsjökull and moraine-climate change linkages. In: Evans, D.J.A. (Ed.). Glacial Landsystems of Southeast Iceland – Quaternary Applications: Field Guide.  Quaternary Research Association, London, p. 243–258.

Evans, D.J.A., Chandler, B.M.P. (2018) Geology, physiography and glaciology of SE Iceland. In: Evans, D.J.A. (Ed.). Glacial Landsystems of Southeast Iceland – Quaternary Applications: Field Guide.  Quaternary Research Association, London, p. 1–19.

Last updated: June 12, 2020

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