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Professor Heidy Mader

Professor Heidy Mader

Professor Heidy Mader
B.Sc.(York), Ph.D.(Bristol)


Area of research

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Office G34
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5445


My research interests cover a broad range of multiphase phenomena in the environmental sciences, specifically problems in volcanology and glaciology. Research on both topics is generally a mixture of laboratory experiments and analytical and numerical modelling.

Volcanological research has focused on multiphase flow and fragmentation processes during explosive volcanic eruptions, multiphase rheology, and the propagation of pyroclastic flows and turbidites.

Glaciological research centres on the microscopic water content in glacial ice and where impurities (soluble, insoluble, and microbial) are located with respect to that water. These problems affect the viability of microbial life in the ice, the record of past climates, and the flow response of large bodies of ice to changes in their thermal regimes.


Academic Qualifications:

1982-1985 BSc Physics (1st Class), University of York.

1987-1991 PhD Physics, University of Bristol. (Supervisor: Professor J F Nye FRS)


1992-1996 Lecturer, Institute of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Lancaster University

1996-2003 Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.

2003-2006 Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.

2006-2012 Reader, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.

2012-present Professor, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.





My teaching is mainly related to environmental and geological flows. In year 2, I co-teach on the 10cp unit Environmental Geoscience Research Projec which involves a 1-week fieldtrip looking at contamination of the Avon River. In year 3, I teach half of a 20cp unit on Applied Hydrogeology. In year 4, I teach all of a 10cp unit on Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. Additionally, also in year 4, I teach a 10cp unit on Scientific Communication which covers all the main aspects of writing and presenting science. 


  • environmental sciences
  • volcanology
  • glaciology
  • multiphase rheology
  • geophysical fluid dynamics

Recent publications

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