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Dr Adam Hepburn

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography  


About me

I'm currently a PDRA affiliated with the COastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (COBRA) project, an ongoing collaborative research project between the Department of Geography, Durham University, and Cleveland Potash Ltd. Specifically, my work concerns the spectral properties of cliff faces and in turn modelling the path dependency of rockfalls in coastal environments. This work utilises an extensive annual record of LiDAR scans collected along ~30 km of the rapidly changing Yorkshire coastline. 

Previously, my doctorate concerned the spatio-temporal expression of mid-latitude glaciation on Mars, and I remain interested in quantifying both coastal and glacial geomorphology on Earth and Mars. 


2021--2022: PDRA in Geomatic and Geomorphology, Durham University

2017--2021: PhD in Geography, Aberystwyth University

2016--2017: MSc(Res) in Polar and Alpine Change, the University of Sheffield

2013--2016: BSc(hons) in Geography, the University of Sheffield 

Research interests

  • Glacial and coastal geomorphology
  • Planetary geoscience
  • Photogrammetry and LiDAR
  • Crater chronology


Doctoral Thesis

  • (Published). Polyphase glaciation on Mars. PhD.

Journal Article

  • Soare, R.J., Conway, S.J., Williams, J.-P. & Hepburn, A.J. (2021). Possible polyphase periglaciation and glaciation adjacent to the Moreux impact-crater, Mars. Icarus 362: 114401.
  • Tsibulskaya, V., Hepburn, A.J., Hubbard, B. & Holt, T. (2020). Surficial geology and geomorphology of Greg crater, Promethei Terra, Mars. Journal of Maps 16(2): 524.
  • Hepburn, A. J., Ng, F. S. L., Holt, T. O. & Hubbard, B. (2020). Late Amazonian Ice Survival in Kasei Valles, Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 125(11).
  • Hepburn, A. J., Ng, F. S. L., Livingstone, S. J., Holt, T. O. & Hubbard, B. (2020). Polyphase Mid‐Latitude Glaciation on Mars: Chronology of the Formation of Superposed Glacier‐Like Forms from Crater‐Count Dating. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 125(2).
  • Hepburn, Adam J., Holt, Tom, Hubbard, Bryn & Ng, Felix (2019). Creating HiRISE digital elevation models for Mars using the open-source Ames Stereo Pipeline. Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems 8(2): 293.