Our team of geographers

Dr Rob Parker

Rob investigating ancient landslides in Snowdonia

Dr Rob Parker BSc, MSc, PhD
Project Director

Dr Rob Parker is a geography lecturer, producer and coordinator of Time for Geography.

Rob is passionate about the role of geographers in addressing the biggest challenges we face, through interdisciplinary research, discovery and innovation. Through Time for Geography, Rob facilitates a unique community of the world’s leading geographers and organisations, to help support geography’s next generation in their journey from the classroom to university and careers shaping the future of our world.

Tim Parker

Tim exploring glaciated landscapes in the Lake District National Park.

Tim Parker BA, PGCE
Lead Teacher and Examiner

Tim Parker is an experienced and innovative geography teacher, and a popular educational blogger.

A regular contributor to various education magazines and websites, including the Times Educational Supplement (TES), Tim’s lesson plans and techniques are used in classrooms across the UK. As a guest speaker at educational meetings, Tim delivers talks on motivating and raising the self-esteem of school students, to improve performance both inside and outside of the classroom.

Dr Harriet Ridley

Harriet rock climbing in Wild Iris, Wyoming, USA

Dr Harriet Ridley BSc, PhD
Production Coordinator

Dr Harriet Ridley is a palaeoclimatologist and Production Coordinator at Time for Geography.

Harriet is a passionate geographer, with a particular interest in palaeoclimate science. Before Time for Geography, she conducted research in the Caribbean and Central America, venturing into deep, tropical caves to investigate past climate using geochemical signals in stalagmites. As an adventurous rock climber, Harriet frequently undertakes international climbing trips, exploring some of the world’s most intriguing geological and geographical areas.

Simon Ross

Simon on fieldwork in Madeira

Simon Ross BA, PGCE
Curriculum Adviser

Simon Ross is a former Head of Geography and prolific author of geographical teaching resources.

Simon has written extensively for the new GCSE and A-level specifications. He acts as a geography consultant for a variety of organisations, and has written and presented educational videos from locations around the world, including Iceland and Italy. He also delivers CPD training for teachers and students. In his spare time he enjoys running and tending his allotment!

Dr Claire Earlie

Claire out on fieldwork in South Wales

Dr Claire Earlie

Dr Claire Earlie is a coastal geomorphology expert, conducting geographical research at universities in the U.K., France and the USA.

As a field scientist specialising in how extreme waves affect our coastlines, Claire has studied some of the biggest storms the west coast of the U.K. and France have experienced over the last century. Claire is fascinated by the ocean and how it interacts with the land, studying and teaching everything coastal. Claire is currently a Lecturer in Coastal Processes at Cardiff University.

Dr Richard Waller

Dr Richard Waller

Dr Richard Waller MA, PhD

Richard is an expert on glaciers, permafrost and the landscape impacts of Arctic climate change.

Richard has been fascinated by mountain environments since he studied geography at school. His research focuses on the distinctive processes and landforms that occur in glacial and permafrost environments, providing amazing opportunities to work in Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. Richard is currently a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at Keele University.

Dr Carol Ekinsmyth

Dr Carol Ekinsmyth

Dr Carol Ekinsmyth BA, PhD

Carol is a Human Geographer with expertise in cities, the creative industries and entrepreneurship.

Carol is fascinated by the relationship between places, industries and work. She is a leading scholar in the areas of self-employment, women's entrepreneurship and ways in which place and social factors influence people's working lives. Carol is a Principal Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Portsmouth.

Prof Donald Houston

Prof Donald Houston

Prof Donald Houston BA, MSc, PhD

Donald is Professor of Economic Geography and Head of Geography at the University of Portsmouth.

Donald conducts research and advises the government on why some towns and cities succeed economically, while others do not. Donald has particular expertise in unemployment, travel to work patterns, and the changing locations of jobs and housing in cities.

Darren Axe

Darren leading Alpine expeditions

Darren Axe BSc, IML, FRGS

Darren Axe is an international expedition leader and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Darren is an International Mountain Leader (IML), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and public speaker. His mission is to engage people in exploratory journeys, in the diverse landscapes of the U.K., Europe and further afield. Darren’s work focusses on contemporary debates in sustainable development and the socio-environmental impacts of travel and expeditions.

Howard Parker

Howard scaling Europe's largest ice cap at Vatnajökull in Iceland

Howard Parker BSc, PGCE

Howard is a geography examiner and a specialist in exam performance and technique.

Howard brings a knowledgeable insight into how students can score top marks in their exams. He draws on over 15 years of experience marking exams as a subject specialist for a leading exam board and Head of Geography in an Independent School.

Dr Chris Spencer

Chris on fieldwork on the Somerset coast

Dr Chris Spencer BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCHE

Chris is a physical geographer specialising in coastal geomorphology, coastal management and reconstructing past environments.

A senior lecturer in coastal processes and coastal management at the University of the West of England, Bristol, Chris conducts research into reconstructing Quaternary Environments in British coastal lowlands. He has an interest in Geography educational outreach, & delivers keynote lectures and workshops to schools.

Dr Hywel Griffiths

Hywel on fieldwork in Wales

Dr Hywel Griffiths BSc, MSc, PhD

Hywel is an expert in the physical, historical and cultural geographies of flooding.

Hywel specialises in the geomorphological effects of floods, reconstructing flood histories and how they are perceived by society. He works mainly in Wales, but has also worked in Ireland, South America and South Africa. Hywel is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.

Sioned Llywelyn

Sioned on fieldwork in the Canadian Rockies

Sioned Llywelyn BSc, MSc, AFHEA

Sioned is currently completing her PhD on Welsh geoheritage at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University.

Sioned specialises in the relationship that exists between Welsh landscapes, heritage and culture, and how integrating different forms of knowledge can attract more visitors and enhance their experiences of Welsh landscapes.

Dr Sian Davies-Vollum

Sian on fieldwork in West Africa

Dr Sian Davies-Vollum BSc, MSc, PhD

Sian is Head of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Derby.

Sian specialises in sedimentology, which she uses to research the evolution of modern and ancient river and coastal environments. Fieldwork has taken her across the world with projects in Europe, North America and West Africa.

Dr Howard Fox

Howard on fieldwork at Stonehenge

Dr Howard Fox

Dr Howard Fox is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Derby.

Howard is a Geomorphologist who specialises in coastal geomorphology. He has worked for 25 years in southern Morocco on a variety of projects, including cliff erosion and tidal estuaries on the Atlantic coast, water supply in mountain villages and conservation of the argan woodland.

Dr Toby Tonkin

Dr Toby Tonkin

Dr Toby Tonkin

Toby is a physical geographer with an interest in terrestrial glacial landsystems.

As part of his research, Toby has deployed drones and ground-penetrating radar to sites in Sweden and Norway to help understand how glacial landscapes and landforms evolve following deglaciation. Toby currently works as a Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Derby.

Dr William Monteith

Dr William Monteith

Dr William Monteith

Will is a lecturer in human geography at Queen Mary University of London.

Will's research explores experiences of work – or ‘making do’ – at the margins of formal economies; the politics and products produced by these experiences, and the ways in which they are transforming cities and societies.

Dr Sue Dawson

Dr Sue Dawson

Dr Sue Dawson BSc PhD

Sue is an expert on tsunamis and Head of Geography & Environmental Science at the University of Dundee.

Sue is a hazard geoscientist with expertise in extreme coastal change, including tsunamis and storms. Her research considers the impact of tsunamis generated by submarine landslides and earthquakes, and the potential for tsunami hazards to increase with the response to climate change in the Arctic.

Dr Simon Cook

Dr Simon Cook

Dr Simon Cook BSc, PhD, FHEA

Simon is a Lecturer in Environmental Change at the University of Dundee.

Simon is a geoscientist who specialises in glaciology, geohazards and the geomorphology of mountain landscapes. His work focuses on understanding how mountain environments respond to climate change, and how people are affected by this through changes to water supply and hazards like glacial lake outburst floods and landslides.

Dr Melissa Lazenby

Dr Melissa Lazenby

Dr Melissa Lazenby

Melissa is a climate scientist and lecturer in global climate change at the University of Sussex.

Melissa's research focusses on the climate of southern Africa. As a climate scientist, she is passionate about teaching and ensuring that climate information is communicated as widely as possible, to guide better decision-making.

Dr Heather Price

Dr Heather Price

Dr Heather Price

Heather is a lecturer in environmental geography at the University of Stirling.

Heather is fascinated by the relationship between people and the environment, and her research focuses on environmental pollution and public health. She has a particular interest in working within informal settlements (or slums) in rapidly urbanising areas where levels of pollution are often greatest. Her research takes her to exciting destinations like Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.

Dr Emma Liu

Dr Emma Liu

Dr Emma Liu

Volcanologist using drones to explore previously inaccessible volcanic gases!

Volcanoes are spectacular natural phenomena that have shaped the Earth over geological timescales. As a volcanologist, my research investigates what makes volcanoes 'tick' and I focus on measuring volcanic gases to reconstruct what is happening deep beneath the surface. I use drones to carry my sensors high up into the volcanic plume and take measurements that would otherwise never be possible.

Dr Tom Pering

Dr Tom Pering

Dr Tom Pering

Volcanologist at the University of Sheffield.

Tom is a volcanologist and Lecturer at the Department of Geography (University of Sheffield), who studies gas release from volcanoes. In particular, Tom focuses on eruptions of basaltic magmas, and is interested in low-cost methods for measuring volcanic activity. Tom's work regularly takes him to exciting volcanic locations, including locations such as Nicaragua, Peru, and Vanuatu.

Tony Escritt

Tony Escritt

Tony Escritt MA, PGCE

Iceland guide and specialist in geography educational field studies.

Tony has a degree in geography and is a field studies consultant and guide for the Icelandic educational travel company Trex. As a experienced location adviser for numerous films and documentaries, Tony helps support Time for Geography's overseas production activities in Iceland!

Dr Rhian Meara

Dr Rhian Meara

Dr Rhian Meara BSc, PhD

Rhian is a geologist with a particular interest in volcanic eruptions and geochemistry.

Rhian has been fascinated by natural hazards and volcanic eruptions since visiting Iceland on a family holiday when she was 12 years old! She has studied volcanoes and their deposits in Iceland, the USA and Japan and is a lecturer in Physical Geography and Geology lecturer working at Swansea for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Dr Mary Kelly

Dr Mary Kelly

Dr Mary Kelly BA, MPhil, PhD

Mary is a human geographer specialising in the areas of social, cultural and historical geography.

Mary is a senior lecturer at Kingston University where she teaches Introduction to Human Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, Geographical Theory and Practice and Global Rural Geographies. Her research interests include migration studies, literary geographies and historical GIS.

Dr Sarah Arnold

Dr Sarah Arnold

Dr Sarah Arnold MA, PhD

Sarah is a researcher and lecturer in ecology and entomology at the University of Greenwich.

Sarah previously completed degrees at the University of Cambridge and then Queen Mary, University of London, where she was introduced to the fascinating diversity of UK and global ecosystems and the processes driving them. Her research areas now encompass managing agricultural to support insects that benefit crops.

Our design and production team

Girish Kumar

Girish Kumar

The Web Guy

Vratislav Karas

Vratislav Karas

Videography

Emily Bilbie

Emily Bilbie

Digital Design

Liam Matthews

Liam Matthews

Videography

Oliver Draper

Oliver Draper

Videography

Vratislav Karas

Josh Carron

Videography

Jonathan Dunn

Jonathan Dunn

Videography

Phil Vause

Phil Vause

Aerial filming

Rich Heap

Rich Heap

Videography