Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Lecturer in Earth Science



+44 (0)20 7594 7363gareth.roberts




2.50Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Research: I am interested in most aspects of Earth and planetary evolution. I have worked to understand the history of Earth's mantle, its lithosphere, and planetary surfaces. I have recently been working on problems related to mapping and interpreting the history of life on Earth.  My work focuses on developing new datasets, theory and computational techniques to address these problems across the scales of interest and to make useful predictions about, for example, the distribution of natural resources.  

Topics of interest: Geophysics, geology, geomorphology, palaeobiology, inverse and spectral techniques, fieldwork, tectonics, structural geology, geochemistry, basin analysis, stratigraphy, sedimentology, eustasy. 

Teaching: Basin Analysis, Continental Tectonics, field courses (Apennines, Oman). I am always looking for new PhD, MSc and MSci students to join our group. 

Academic positions and education:

2014-Present Lecturer in Earth Science, Imperial College London

2014 Junior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

2010-2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bullard Laboratories, University of Cambridge

2006-2010 PhD Bullard Laboratories, University of Cambridge

2003-2006 BSc Geology, University of Durham




Roberts G, Mannion P, 2019, Timing and periodicity of Phanerozoic marine biodiversity and environmental change, Scientific Reports, Vol:9, ISSN:2045-2322

Roberts G, 2019, Scales of Similarity and Disparity Between Drainage Networks, Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN:0094-8276

Roberts GG, White N, Lodhia BH, The generation and scaling of longitudinal river profiles, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, ISSN:2169-9003

Conway-Jones BW, Roberts GG, Fichtner A, et al., Neogene epeirogeny of Iberia, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, ISSN:1525-2027

Stucky de Quay G, Roberts GG, Rood DH, et al., 2019, Holocene uplift and rapid fluvial erosion of Iceland: a record of post-glacial landscape evolution, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:505, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:118-130

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