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Dr. Phillip Allen, Associate Professor


Office: Gunter Hall 211
Phone: 301-687-4891

Ph.D. Quaternary Science, Coventry University
M.Sc. Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway-Univ. of London
B.Sc. (Hons) Geography, Middlesex University

Dr Phil


I am interested in many aspects of Earth Science, particularly the Quaternary period. My main interest is geomorphic evolution of landscapes, especially in cold climate regions. Specifically I attempt to understand the factors that condition, initiate and drive landscape change.  My recent work has examined the roles of climate change and human impact in modifying the landscape over the mid - Late Holocene. The techniques I employ are varied and range from geomorphological mapping to palynology (pollen analysis).

Recent Publications:

Allen, P.P., Hewitt, R., Obryk, M.J. & Doran, P.T. 2014 Sediment Transport dynamics on an ice-covered lake: the 'floatin' boulders of Lake Hoare, Antarctica.  Antarctic Science, DOI:10.1017/S0954102014000558   PDF Link:

Allen, P.P., Sewell, N. 2014. EcoCount: A New Digital Approach to Environmental Data Recording. SAGE Open, Apr/June 2014:1-5 DOI: 10.1177/2158244014537500


GEOG 103 Physical Geography
GEOG 207 Physical Geology & Geomorphology
GEOG 208 Earth System History
GEOG 340 Soil: Genesis, Nature & Characterisation
GEOG 431 Quaternary Science
GEOG 475 Glacial & Periglacial Geomorphology
GEOG 476 Fluvial & Coastal Geomorphology
GEOG 499 Research in Geography

Research Projects:

Salt! The Silent Killer
Holocene Climate & Hydrological Change in the
Finzel Wetlands, MD.

Periglacial History of Dolly Sods


Departmental Activities