Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Senior Lecturer



+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 then Senior 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, 2021, Emergence of simplicity despite local complexity in eroding landscapes, Geology (boulder), ISSN:0091-7613

Wapenhans I, Fernandes VM, O'Malley C, et al., 2021, Scale‐dependent contributors to river profile geometry, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, Vol:126, ISSN:2169-9003

Quye‐Sawyer J, Whittaker AC, Roberts GG, et al., 2021, Fault throw and regional uplift histories from drainage analysis: evolution of southern Italy, Tectonics, Vol:40, ISSN:0278-7407, Pages:1-26

Lipp AG, Roberts GG, 2021, Scale‐dependent flow directions of rivers and the importance of subplate support, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:48, ISSN:0094-8276, Pages:1-12

Lipp AG, Roberts GG, Whittaker AC, et al., 2020, River sediment geochemistry as a conservative mixture of source regions: observations and predictions from the Cairngorms,, UK, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, Vol:125, ISSN:2169-9011

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