Bio: I'm based in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES) at Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK. I graduated with a Geography BSc degree from the University of Southampton, England, and completed a PhD at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Following a short period as a Temporary Lecturer at the University of Nottingham, England, I undertook post-doctoral work at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and then joined DGES in April 2000. My main research interests focus on geomorphology and sedimentology, especially in the drylands of Australia and southern Africa. Particular research themes include: anabranching rivers; floodplains and floodouts; wetlands in drylands; channel-vegetation interactions; bedrock-influenced rivers; controls on gully erosion; long-term fluvial landscape development; palaeoenvironmental change; and the use of drylands on Earth as analogues for Martian surface environments. I am also interested in environmental issues more generally, including current debates about global climate change and the Anthropocene, and in science education. If you are interested in a sort-of-up-to-date and reasonably accurate list of the published outputs from these activities, you can view my Google Scholar profile at: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=s0F8wzsAAAAJ&hl=en Outside of academic work, I enjoy travel (which is a good job, seeing as my work takes me overseas regularly), sport and exercise (mainly football and gym), food and drink (pretty much anything, but as I ease into middle age, my palate is becoming a bit more refined), and moaning (usually) about current affairs and how there is too little time to do anything. Of course, the normal disclaimers apply. Although much of what I write on this blog relates to my work, my comments and opinions do not necessarily represent those of my employer, colleagues, family or friends. They are my perspectives on events, many of which change rapidly. So if there are minor factual errors or you have differences of opinion, just bear that in mind.