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Professor Antony Long

Emeritus Professor

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Geography


I am an Emeritus Professor in Physical Geographer with research expertise in past and future sea-level change, with a particular interest in the Greenland Ice Sheet.

I retired from Durham University in January 2023, following a career that began as an undergraduate student (1985-1988) and ended as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost (2016-2022). In the latter role I had responsibility for helping to deliver the University's academic strategy. This included relocating academic departments and colleges from Queen's Campus to Durham City, the recruitment of 300 new academic staff, oversight of academic promotion and pay, as well as supporting efforts to make Durham a more diverse and inclusive community. 

Much of my time at Durham has been in the Geography Department, where I was privileged to serve twice as Head of Department. I was European lead of PALSEA2, a PAGES IGBP, INQUA, WUN working group that focused on using past changes in sea level and information about the Earth's cryosphere to constrain future sea-level rise. I have been Editor in Chief of Journal of Quaternary Science (2010-2014), Associate Editor of Quaternary Science Reviews and enjoyed Chairing the NERC Radiocarbon Facility Committee. I have been a long-term supporter of IGCP and INQUA coastal and sea-level projects, and was co-leader of the International Geoscience Programme IGCP Project 495 "Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions: driving mechanisms and coastal responses".

My research interests lie in the following main areas:

  • Sea-level and glacial history of the polar ice sheets
  • Late Quaternary sea-level changes
  • Holocene coastal evolution
  • Sea-level change and climate in the North Atlantic


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