Andrew Finlayson

Mr Andrew Finlayson

Quaternary Geologist

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 209

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  •  2014 : PhD, Glacial geomorphology, University of Edinburgh
  •  2013 – ongoing : Task Leader, Loch Lomond and Trossachs Quaternary Geology
  •  2011 – ongoing : Glacier subsurface investigations, BGS observatory at Virkisjökull, Iceland
  •  2006 –2013 : Geological modeller, Clyde Urban Super Project
  •  2007 –2011 : Quaternary Geologist, Grampian Highlands Mapping project
  •  2008 –2010 : Field Geologist, United Arab Emirates Mapping Project
  •  2005 –2010 : Quaternary Geologist, North-west Highlands Geology and Landscape Project
  •  2005 : Appointed to British Geological Survey
  •  2004 : MSc Royal Holloway, University of London, Quaternary Science
  •  2001 : BSc University of St Andrews, Geography

Research interests

  • Applied Quaternary geology
  • Three-dimensional geological modelling
  • Glacial geology and ice sheet processes
  • Applications of ground penetrating radar


  •  2013 : Awarded the Lewis Penny Medal by the Quaternary Research Association

Boards and committees

  •  2014 – ongoing : Editorial Board: Proceedings of the Geologist's Association

Published outputs

Key papers

FINLAYSON, A., FABEL, D., BRADWELL, T. SUGDEN, D. 2014. Growth and decay of a marine terminating sector of the last British Irish Ice Sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews 83, 28-45.

MERRITT, J.W., AKHURST, M.C., WILKINSON, I.P., RIDING, J.B., PHILLIPS, E.R., SMITH, R.A., FINLAYSON, A., DEAN, M.T. 2014. The Late Pleistocene Afton Lodge Clay Formation, Ayrshire, Scotland: evidence for Early to Middle Devensian climatic changes and Late Devensian onshore ice flow and rafting from the Firth of Clyde. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 125, 195-214.

FINLAYSON, A. 2013. Digital surface models are not always representative of former glacier beds: Palaeoglaciological and geomorphological implications. Geomorphology, 194, 25-33.

PHILLIPS, E., FINLAYSON, A., JONES, L. 2013. Fracturing, block faulting and Moulin development associated with progressive collapse and retreat of a maritime glacier: Virkisjokull-Falljokull, SE Iceland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 118, 1545-1561.

FINLAYSON, A. 2012. Ice dynamics and sediment movement: last glacial cycle, Clyde basin, Scotland. Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 58, No. 206, 487-500. 536-554.

FINLAYSON, A., GOLLEDGE, N, BRADWELL, T and FABEL, D. 2011. Evolution of a lateglacial mountain ice cap in northern Scotland. Boreas, Vol. 40, 536-554.

FINLAYSON, A., MERRITT, J., BROWNE, M., MERRITT, J. E., MCMILLAN, A., and WHITBREAD, K. 2010. Ice sheet advance, dynamics, and decay configurations: evidence from west central Scotland. Quaternary Science Reviews, Vol. 29, 969-988.

BRADWELL, T., STOKER, M., GOLLEDGE, N., WILSON, C., MERRITT, J., LONG, D., EVEREST, J., HESTVIK, OLE B., STEVENSON, A., HUBBARD, A., FINLAYSON, A., MATHERS, H. 2008 The northern sector of the Last British Ice Sheet: maximum extent and demise:  Earth Science Reviews, Vol. 88, 207-226.

FINLAYSON, A, and BRADWELL, T. 2008. Morphological characteristics, formation and glaciological significance of Rogen moraine in northern Scotland. Geomorphology, Vol. 101, 607-617.

GOLLEDGE, N, FINLAYSON, A, BRADWELL, T, and EVEREST, J. 2008. The last glaciation of Shetland, north Atlantic. Geografiska Annaler Series A Physical Geography, Vol. 90, 37-53.

FINLAYSON, A. 2006. Glacial geomorphology of the Creag Meagaidh massif, western Grampian Highlands: implications for local glaciation and palaeoclimate during the Loch Lomond Stadial. Scottish Geographical Journal, 122, 293-307.