Dr Sam Roberson

Dr Sam Roberson

Quaternary Geologist

Location: Belfast

Tel: +44 (0) 28 905 20974

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  •  2013 – ongoing : Quaternary geologist: British Geological Survey
  •  2009 –2013 : Geological modeler: Geological Survey of The Netherlands
  •  2006 –2009 : PhD: Aberystywth University - Glaciology
  •  2005 –2006 : MSc: University of Wales, Aberystwyth - Glaciology


  • John Glen Prize, 2007 Aberystwth Dissertation Prize, 2006 Swinnerton Prize, Nottingham University, 2005

Research interests

  • Glacial geology, geomorphology, particle-size analysis, geostatistical modelling


  • Matlab, LaTeX, ArcMap, Python.

Key papers

Flood R, Orford J, McKinley J and Roberson S. 2015. Effective grain size distribution analysis for interpretation of tidal-deltaic facies: West Bengal Sundarbans, Sedimentary Geology.

Roberson S. and Weltje G.J. 2014. Inter instrument comparison of particle-size analysers, Sedimentology.

Hillier J., Smith M. and 26 others. 2014. Manual mapping of drumlins in synthetic landscapes to assess operator effectiveness, Journal of Maps.

McKinley J.M., Roberson S., Cooper M. and Tolosana-Delgado R. 2014. Discriminant Analysis of Palaeogene Basalt Lavas, Northern Ireland, Using Soil Geochemistry, Mathematics of Planet Earth, 1, 103-106.

Weltje G.J. and Roberson S. 2011. Numerical methods for integrating particle-size frequency distributions, Computers and Geosciences 44, 156-157.

Roberson S. and Hubbard B. 2010. Application of borehole optical televiewing to investigating the 3-D structure of glaciers: implications for the formation of longitudinal debris ridges, midre Lovénbreen, Svalbard, Journal of Glaciology, 56(195), 143-156.

Roberson S. 2008. Structural composition and sediment transfer in a composite cirque glacier: Glacier de St. Sorlin, France, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33(13), 1931-1947.

Hubbard B., Roberson S., Samyn D., Merton-Lyn D. 2008. Digital optical televiewing of ice boreholes . Journal of Glaciology, 54(188), 823-830.