Dr Ian Willis

Fellow
1989
The physical processes occurring at the Earth’s surface, the landforms and sediments that result, how these have changed in the past, and how they will change in the future
Cousens Fellow
University Senior Lecturer in Geography

Dr Ian Willis is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Cambridge and is interested in the physical processes occurring at the Earth’s surface, the landforms and sediments that result, how these have changed in the past, and how they will change in the future. He is a glaciologist, and is therefore particularly interested in the World’s ice masses; their meteorology (the weather above them), their hydrology (the water on, within and beneath them), their dynamics (what makes them move), their mass balance (whether they are growing or shrinking), and much more! He currently has research projects in Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard and Nepal. At the Department of Geography he teaches first year Physical Geography (Environmental Change during the Quaternary), first year Skills and Methods (Cartography and GIS), second year Glacial Processes, and third year Glacial Environments. He runs the Department’s undergraduate residential field trip to Switzerland. He also teaches on the MPhil in Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute and supervises several PhD students. He is on the Council of the International Glaciological Society.