Professor John Smellie

John SmellieAssociated Academic and Honorary Research Staff

Direct Contact:
E
: jls55@le.ac.uk

Research Group: Crustal Processes

Principal Research Interests

Volcanism associated with ice, snow and meltwater (i.e. glaciovolcanism) and its inter-relationships with climate and global change. Establishing lithofacies-based methods to derive critical parameters of past ice sheets (e.g. thickness, age, surface elevation, stability)..

The research is principally conducted in Antarctica (the largest & longest-lived glaciovolcanic province in the world) and Iceland.

Some major long-term objectives include:

  • promoting glaciovolcanic studies as an important new proxy methodology for studying past ice sheets
  • utilising glaciovolcanic-derived and other information to quantify past ice volumes and determine just how closely mass fluctuations in ice sheets impact on global sea levels
  • using the rock record to significantly improve our understanding of glaciovolcanism and enable societal impacts of subglacial eruptions to be better assessed & mitigated

Recent Publications

  • Smellie, J.L. In press. Glaciovolcanism – a 21st century proxy for palaeo-ice. In: Menzies, J. and van der Meer, J. (eds) Past Glacial Environments (sediments, forms and techniques). Elsevier.
  • Smellie, J.L. In press (since 2011). Antarctic Peninsula – geology and dynamic development. In: Kleinschmidt, G. (Ed.) Geology of the Antarctic continent. Gebrüder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart.
  • Smellie, J.L., Walker, A.J., McGarvie, D.W. and Burgess, R. 2016. Complex circular subsidence structures in tephra deposited on large blocks of ice: Varða tuff cone, Öræfajökull, Iceland. Bulletin of Volcanology, 78:56; DOI:10.1007/S00445-016-1048-X.  http://rdcu.be/nn7n
  • Smellie, J.L. and Edwards, B.E. 2016. Glaciovolcanism on Earth & Mars. Products, processes and palaeoenvironmental significance. Cambridge University Press, 483 pp.
  • Leat, P.T., Fretwell, P.T., Tate, A.J., Larter, R.D., Martin, T.J., Smellie, J.L., Jokat, W. and Bohrmann, G. 2016. Bathymetry and geological setting of the South Sandwich Islands volcanic arc. Antarctic Science [in press]
  • Davies, B.J., Golledge, N.R., Glasser, N.F., Carrivick, J.L., Ligtenberg, S.R.M., Barrand, N.E., van den Broeke, M.R., Hambrey,M.J. and Smellie, JL. 2014. Modelled glacier response to centennial temperature and precipitation trends on the Antarctic Peninsula. Nature Climate Change, 4, 993-998.
  • Fraser, C.I., Terauds, A., Smellie, J., Convey, P. and Chown, S.L. 2014. Geothermal activity helps life survive glacial cycles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi/10.1073/pnas.1321437111.
  • Leat, P.T., Fretwell, P.T., Tate, A.J., Larter, R.D., Martin, T.J., Smellie, J.L., Jokat, W. And Bohrmann, G. 2014. Bathymetry and geological setting of the South Sandwich Islands volcanic arc (various scales). BAS GEOMAP 2 series, Sheet 6, British AntarcticSurvey, Cambridge, UK.

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