Paul Dunlop


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 771 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
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Personal profile

Phd Researcher Profile

2004 - PhD University of Sheffield

2009 - PgCert Higher Education Practice (PgCHEP), Ulster University 

1999 - BSc Hons Geography, Queens University Belfast

2010 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Interests

Paul Dunlop is Research Director for Geography and Environmental Sciences at Ulster University.  He is a glaciologist and physical geographer who specialises in reconstructing Quaternary glacial environments in terrestrial and marine settings. Understanding how ice sheets operate over long-time scales provides critical information on the global climate system and the processes of climate change.  This research area requires a multidisciplinary approach and Paul uses a variety of cutting edge techniques to investigate glacial landscapes that includes satellite remote sensing, GIS, marine geophysics and cosmogenic nuclide and radiocarbon dating to work out what was happening during the last Ice Age and to help age constrain glacial events.  


Recent and Current Research Projects

  1. GLAciated North Atlantic Margins (GLANAM) EU Marie-Curie ITN

  2. Will Climate change in the Arctic increase the landslide-tsunami risk to the UK? - NERC

  3. The completion and testing of an Aftershock Forcasting Tool for Emergency Respons (AFTER) - NERC

  4. Research for Emergency Aftershock Response (REAR) - GCRF NERC

  5. UK Canada Arctic Research Partnership - NERC

  6. Adaptation and Resilience tools for monitoring ClimaTe change Impacts in NPA Communities (ARCTIC) - EU Interreg Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme


Teaching Interests

Paul teaches remote sensing and physical geography on a range of undergraduate modules on the geography and environmental science degree programmes. At postgraduate level he delivers teaching on remote sensing for the MSc in Geographical Information Systems.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sheffield

1 Sep 199920 Jul 2004


  • GB Physical geography
  • Glaciation
  • Ice Sheets
  • Quaternary
  • Remote Sensing
  • GIS
  • GC Oceanography
  • Continental Shelf

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Research Output 2004 2019

age determination
2 Citations (Scopus)

Early deglaciation of the British-Irish Ice Sheet on the Atlantic shelf northwest of Ireland driven by glacioisostatic depression and high relative sea level

OCofaigh, C., Weilbach, K., Lloyd, J., Benetti, S., Callard, L., Purcell, C., Chiverell, R., Dunlop, P., Saher, M., Livingstone, S., Van Landeghem, K., Moreton, S., Clark, C. & Fabel, D., 15 Mar 2019, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 208, p. 76-96 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
sea level
ice sheet
7 Citations (Scopus)

Persistent millennial-scale glacier fluctuations in Ireland between 24 ka and 10 ka

Barth, A. M., Clark, P. U., Clark, J., Roe, G. H., Marcott, S. A., McCabe, AM., Caffee, M. W., Cuzzone, J. K. & Dunlop, P., 28 Feb 2018, In : Geology. 46, 2, p. 151-154

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
equilibrium line
climate change
41 Citations (Scopus)

Do subglacial bedforms comprise a size and shape continuum?

Ely, J., Clark, C. D., Spagnolo, M., Stokes, C. R., Greenwood, S. L., Hughs, A. L. C., Dunlop, P. & Hess, D., 15 Mar 2016, In : Geomorphology. 257, p. 108-119 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
91 Citations (Scopus)

The Morphological Characteristics of Ribbed Moraine

Dunlop, P. & Clark, C. D., 2 Jan 2006, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 25, p. 1668-1691

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Outstanding Student Paper Award - Cryosphere

Kevin Schiele (Recipient), Paul Dunlop (Recipient) & Sara Benetti (Recipient), 12 Dec 2016



Guy Lortie Award

Maureen McHenry (Recipient) & Paul Dunlop (Recipient), 19 Aug 2015


Activities 2013 2019

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Membership of board

Journal of Maps (Journal)

Paul Dunlop (Member of editorial board)
1 Jan 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (External organisation)

Paul Dunlop (Member)
1 Sep 20191 Sep 2021

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research

Paul Dunlop (Member of programme committee)
25 Jul 201931 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

The extent and timing of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet offshore of west Ireland-preliminary findings

Jared Peters (Speaker), S. Benetti (Speaker), Paul Dunlop (Speaker), Colm O'Cofaigh (Speaker)
27 Apr 20142 May 2014

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Marine geophysical evidence for ice sheet extension and recession on the Irish continental shelf

Paul Dunlop (Speaker), S. Benetti (Speaker), Colm O'Cofaigh (Speaker)
7 Apr 201313 Apr 2013

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Coast Season 5, Episode 5: Galway to Arranmore Island

Paul Dunlop


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Secrets of the Irish Landscape

Paul Dunlop


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

The Investigators

Paul Dunlop


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Twenty Twenty Vision: A Peoples Manifesto for Inishowen

Paul Dunlop


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Ireland's ice age uncovered

Paul Dunlop


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research