Philip D. Hughes BSc(Hons) MPhil PhD
Philip works on Pleistocene glaciation in Mediterranean mountain massifs. This began with his doctoral research for which he worked Pindus Mountains of Epirus, Greece. He began his PhD research in April 2001 funded by a 3-year Cambridge University Domestic Research Studentship supervised by Professor Phil Gibbard (Cambridge) and Professor Jamie Woodward (Manchester). His other interests include the glacial history of the wider Mediterranean, especially the North African Atlas. Philip has also published several papers on glaciation in Wales. Philip submitted and successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2004. He left the QPG in September and joined the Department of Geography, University of Manchester where he held a 2 year Post-doctoral Fellowship and since 2006 he has held a University Lectureship post.
1. The Xeroloutsa moraines near Astraka (2436 m), Mount Tymphi, Greece.
2. A perched glacial boulder on limestone pavement inside of the Stani Grava moraines, Mount Tymphi, Greece.
3. The northern cirques of Mount Tymphi, Greece.
4. A relict rock glacier in the Tsouka Rossa cirque on Mount Tymphi, Greece.
5. Limestone pavement to the south west of Gamila peak, Mount Tymphi, Greece.
6. Moraines in the Vadulakkos valley on Mount Smolikas, Greece. All photographs by Phil Hughes.
Philip specialises in glacial geomorphology, glacial sedimentology and glaciology and their application in reconstructing past glacial environments and associated climates. Other specialisms include pollen analysis and Uranium-series dating. Philip trained at the Open University Uranium Series Facility in Milton Keynes funded by a NERC grant.
Simultaneously, Philip Hughes is also a Visiting Scholar in the QPG. He is currently working on the following project:
The glacial history of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, North Africa.
A comprehensive field programme studying the glaciation of the High Atlas of Morocco began in January 2007. A total of six field trips have so far taken place (Jan 2009) and a further series of fieldtrips are planned for 2009. This project is investigating the evidence of Pleistocene glaciation in the High Atlas. Extensive geomorphological mapping has been undertaken in the Jbel Toubkal area and neighbouring mountains. Samples have been taken for 10Be and 3He analyses in order to provide a geochronological framework for the glacial sequence in the High Atlas.
This work is funded by the Thesiger-Oman International Fellowship (Royal Geographical Society - with IBG), the Natural Environment Research Council, the School of Environment and Development at The University of Manchester and the Quaternary Research Association.
Moraines in the High Atlas. The exposure-age of boulders on these moraines are being dated by 10Be and 36Cl dating, in collaboration with Cassandra Fenton at the NERC Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility at East Kilbride. Photographs by Phil Hughes.
Visit Philip's homepage at the University of Manchester.
Hughes, P.D. (2010) Little Ice Age glaciers in Balkans: low altitude glaciation enabled by cooler temperatures and local topoclimatic controls. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. [accepted - in press]
Hughes, P.D. (2009) Twenty-first Century Glaciers in the Prokletije Mountains, Albania. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research. [accepted - in press]
Hughes, P.D. (2009) Loch Lomond Stadial (Younger Dryas) glaciers and climate in Wales. Geological Journal 44, 375-391.
Cowton, T., Hughes, P.D. and Gibbard, P.L. (2009) Palaeoglaciation of Parque Natural Lago de Sanabria, northwest Spain. Geomorphology 108, 282-291.
Hughes, P.D. and Woodward, J.C. (2009) Chapter 12: Glacial and Periglacial Environments. In Woodward, J.C. (ed) The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean Basin. Oxford University Press: Oxford. p. 353-383.
- Woodward, J.C., Hamlin, R.H.B., Macklin, M.G., Hughes, P.D. & Lewin, J. 2008 Pleistocene catchment dynamics in the Mediterranean: glaciation, fluvial geomorphology and the slackwater sediment record. Geomorphology 101, 44-67.
- Hughes, P.D. 2008 Response of a Montenegro glacier to extreme summer heatwaves in 2003 and 2007. Geografiska Annaler 192, 259-267.
- Hughes, P.D & Woodward, J.C. 2008 Timing of glaciation in the Mediterranean mountains during the last cold stage. Journal of Quaternary Science 23,575-588.
- Hughes P.D. & Woodward, J.C. 2008 Chapter 7: Glacial and Periglacial Environments. In Woodward, J.C. (ed) The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean Basin. Oxford University Press: Oxford (in press).
- Hughes, P.D. & Braithwaite, R.J. 2008 Application of a degree-day model to reconstruct Pleistocene glacial climates. Quaternary Research 69, 110-116.
- Hughes, P.D. 2007 Allostratigraphy/morphostratigraphy. In Elias, S. (ed) Section 3: Quaternary Stratigraphy. Encyclopedia of Quaternary Sciences. Elsevier: Amsterdam, p. 2841-2846.
- Hughes, P.D. 2007 Recent behaviour of the Debeli Namet glacier, Durmitor, Montenegro. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 32, 1593-1602.
- Hughes, P.D., Gibbard, P.L. & Woodward, J.C. 2007 Geological controls on Pleistocene glaciation and cirque form in Greece. Geomorphology 88, 242-253.
- Hughes, P.D., Woodward, J.C. & Gibbard, P.L. 2007 Middle Pleistocene cold stage climates in the Mediterranean: new evidence from the glacial record. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 253, 50-56.
- Hughes, P.D., Woodward, J.C., Gibbard, P.L., Macklin, M.G., Gilmour, M.A. & Smith, G.R. 2006 The glacial history of the Pindus Mountains, Greece. Journal of Geology, 114, 413-434.
- Hughes, P.D., Gibbard, P.L. & Woodward, J.C. 2006 Middle Pleistocene glacier behaviour in the Mediterranean: sedimentological evidence from the Pindus Mountains, Greece. Journal of the Geological Society, London 163, 857?867.
- Hughes, P.D., Woodward J.C. & Gibbard, P.L. 2006 The last glaciers of Greece. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 50, 37-61.
- Hughes, P.D., Woodward, J.C. & Gibbard, P.L. 2006 Late Pleistocene glaciers and climate in the Mediterranean region. Global and Planetary Change, 46, 83-98.
- Hughes, P.D., Woodward, J.C. & Gibbard, P.L. 2006 Glacial history of the Mediterranean mountains. Progress in Physical Geography, 30, 334-364.
- Hughes, P.D., Gibbard, P.L. & Woodward, J.C. 2005 A Formal Stratigraphical Approach for Quaternary Glacial Records in Mountain Regions. Episodes 28, 85-92.
- Hughes, P.D. 2004 Quaternary glaciation in the Pindus Mountains, Northwest Greece. PhD thesis. University of Cambridge. 341 pp. (download)
- Hughes, P.D., Gibbard, P.L. & Woodward, J.C. 2004 Quaternary glaciation in the Atlas Mountains, North Africa. In Ehlers, J. and Gibbard, P.L. (eds) Quaternary Glaciation - Extent and Chronology. Volume 3: Asia, Latin America, Africa, Australia, Antarctica. Elsevier: Amsterdam. p. 255-260.
- Hughes, P.D., Gibbard, P.L. & Woodward, J.C. 2003 Relict rock glaciers as indicators of Mediterranean palaeoclimate during the Last Glacial Maximum (Late Würmian) of northwest Greece. Journal of Quaternary Science 18, 431-440.
- Hughes, P.D. 2002 Nunataks and the surface altitude of the last ice sheet in southern Snowdonia, Wales: A Reply to McCarroll and Ballantyne (2002). Quaternary Newsletter 98, 15-17.
- Hughes, P.D. 2002 Nunataks and the surface altitude of the last ice sheet in southern Snowdonia, Wales. Quaternary Newsletter 97, 19-26.
- Hughes, P.D. 2002 Loch Lomond Stadial glaciers in the Aran and Arenig Mountains, North Wales. Geological Journal 37, 9-15.