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Ann Rowan

Associate Professor, Quaternary Geology and Palaeoclimate
  • E-mailAnn.Rowan@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 35 87
  • Visitor Address
    Allégaten 41
    5007 Bergen
    3G12c - 3150
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

I am Associate Professor of Quaternary Geology and Palaeoclimate at the University of Bergen. My research is centred around glacial geomorphology as an archive of Quaternary palaeoclimate change, and the dynamic evolution of mountain glaciers in response to climate change over geological and anthropogenic time scales. 

I have a BSc in Environmental and Resource Geology (2007) and a PhD in Earth Science (2012) from the University of Manchester, UK. After my PhD, I was a Research Fellow at Aberystwyth University, UK, then Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK, where I held a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship. In 2022, I was the Fondation Herbette visiting professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. I am Associate Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface published by the American Geophysical Union. My children were born in 2016 and 2019 and I had career breaks around those years. My ORCID is 0000-0002-3715-5554.

I supervise four current PhD candidates; Charlotte Curry who is investigating the impacts of mining for metals on Holocene glacier change in the Chilean Andes, Alex Scoffield who is examining glacier-lake interactions in the Nepal Himalaya, Daniel Thomas who is exploring the evolution of rock glaciers over large spatial scales using techniques such as Deep Learning applied to remotely sensed datasets and Karlijn Ploeg who is researching how well ice-marginal moraines record palaeoclimate.





I am responsible for the courses:

GEOV225 Field Course in Quarternary Geology and Palaeoclimate

GEOV181 Introduction to Earth Science and Informatics


I contribute to the course:

GEOV230 Glacial Geology and Geomorphology

My papers are accessible through either gold or green open access routes, and a complete list of publications is available at Google Scholar

Selected highlights include:

(* indicates that the lead author was a graduate student under my supervision)

*Hornsey, J., Rowan, A.V., Kirkbride, M.P., Livingstone, S.J., Fabel, D., Rodés, Á., Quincey, D.J., Hubbard, B., Jomelli, V. (2022) Be-10 dating of ice-marginal moraines in the Khumbu Valley, Nepal, Central Himalaya, reveals the response of monsoon-influenced glaciers to Holocene climate change. Journal of Geophysical Research–Earth Surface https://doi.org/10.1029/2022JF006645 This paper was an Editor’s Highlight: https://eos.org/editor-highlights/glacier-advance-and-retreat-insights-f...

Rowan, A.V., Egholm, D.E., Clark, C.D. (2022) Forward modelling of the completeness and preservation of palaeoclimate signals recorded by ice-marginal moraines. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 47: 2198–2208 https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5371

*Bartlett, O., Ng, F.S.L., Rowan, A.V. (2021) Morphology and evolution of supraglacial hummocks on debris-covered Himalayan glaciers. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 46: 525-539 https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5043

*Miles, K., Hubbard, B., Quincey, D.J., Miles, E., Sherpa, T., Rowan, A.V., Doyle, S. (2018) Polythermal structure of a Himalayan debris-covered glacier revealed by borehole thermometry. Scientific Reports 8:16825 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.02.020

*Gibson, M.J., Glasser, N.F., Quincey, D.J., Mayer, C., Rowan, A.V., Irvine-Fynn, T.D.L. (2017) Temporal variations in supraglacial debris distribution on Baltoro Glacier, Karakoram between 2001 and 2012. Geomorphology 295: 572–585 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.08.012

Rowan, A.V., Egholm, D.L., Quincey, D.J., Glasser, N.F. (2015) Modelling the feedbacks between mass balance, ice flow and debris transport to predict the response to climate change of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalaya. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 430: 427–438 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.09.004

Rowan, A.V., Plummer, M.A, Brocklehurst, S.H., Jones, M.A., Schultz, D.M. (2013) Drainage capture and discharge variations driven by glaciation in the Southern Alps, New Zealand. Geology 41: 199–20 http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/G33829.1


Publications at UiB from CRIStin

  • Show author(s) (2024). Sub-regional variability in the influence of ice-contact lakes on himalayan glaciers. Journal of Glaciology.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Provenance and transport of supraglacial debris revealed by variations in debris geochemistry on Khumbu Glacier, Nepal Himalaya. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 2737-2753.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Internal structure of a Himalayan debris-covered glacier revealed by borehole optical televiewing. Journal of Glaciology. 811-822.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Be-10 Dating of Ice-Marginal Moraines in the Khumbu Valley, Nepal, Central Himalaya, Reveals the Response of Monsoon-Influenced Glaciers to Holocene Climate Change. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Earth Surface.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Current PhD candidate supervision

Karlijn Ploeg (UiB) 2023–2027

Daniel Thomas (UiB) 2022–2026

Alex Scoffield (Leeds) 2022–2026

Charlotte Curry (Sheffield) 2021–2025


Current Masters student supervision

Marion Fløysand (UiB) 2023–2025

Léa Rodari (UNIL) 2022–2024

Emma Hauglin (UiB) 2022–2024


Former PhD candidate supervision

Josephine Hornsey (University of Sheffield, 2022) PhD thesis title: "Holocene moraine building in the monsoonal Himalaya"

Katie Miles (Aberystwyth University, 2021) PhD thesis title: "The internal structure and subsurface hydrology of a high-elevation debris-covered glacier"

Anya Schlich-Davies (University of Leeds, 2021) PhD thesis title: "The role of atmospheric forcing in the mass balance and evolution of a debris-covered Himalayan glacier"

Archana Dayal (University of Sheffield, 2021) PhD thesis title: "Seasonal Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Snow during Spring and Summer Melt in Svalbard"

Arminel Lovell (University of Newcastle, 2020) PhD thesis title: "Explaining recent heterogeneous glacier change in the Annapurna Conservation Area, central Himalayas"

Owen King (University of Leeds, 2018) PhD thesis title: "Characterising the evolution of Himalayan debris covered glaciers"

Morgan Gibson (Aberystwyth University, 2018) PhD thesis title: "The role of supraglacial debris in Himalaya–Karakoram debris-covered glacier systems"

Scott Watson (University of Leeds, 2017) PhD thesis title: "Ice cliff, supraglacial pond, and water storage dynamics in the Everest region of Nepal"


Former Masters student supervision

Alex Scoffield (Sheffield, 2021)

Laura Horton (Sheffield, 2021)

Charlotte Curry (Sheffield, 2020)

Shannon Harewood-Malone (Sheffield, 2020)

Rebecca Stewart (Sheffield, 2018)

Remy Veness (Sheffield, 2018)

Oliver Bartlett (Sheffield, 2016)