-Response of debris covered glaciers to recent climate change, with particular reference to glacier lake outburst flood risk
-Dating and climatic implications of former glacier margins in the Everest region, Nepal and Tibet
-Precambrian glacigenic successions: implications for the Snowball earth hypothesis
-The palaeoclimatic implications of glacier fluctuations
-Modelling calving and dynamics of water-terminating glaciers
Research Fellow, St Andrews (1990-1993)
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Aberdeen (1993-1999)
Reader in Geography and Geosciences, St Andrews (1999- present)
Active research projects:
Medrzycka, D., Benn, D., Box, J.E., Copland, L. and Balog, J., 2016. Calving behavior at Rink Isbræ, West Greenland, from time-lapse photos. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research.
Fairchild, I.J., Fleming, E.J., Bao, H., Benn, D.I., Boomer, I., Dublyansky, Y.V., Halverson, G.P., Hambrey, M.J., Hendy, C., Mcmillan, E.A. and Spötl, C., 2015. Continental carbonate facies of a Neoproterozoic panglaciation, north‐east Svalbard. Sedimentology.
Fleming, E.J., Benn, D.I., Stevenson, C.T., Petronis, M.S., Hambrey, M.J. and Fairchild, I.J., 2015. Glacitectonism, subglacial and glacilacustrine processes during a Neoproterozoic panglaciation, north‐east Svalbard. Sedimentology.
Luckman, A., Benn, D.I., Cottier, F., Bevan, S., Nilsen, F. and Inall, M., 2015. Calving rates at tidewater glaciers vary strongly with ocean temperature. Nature communications, 6.
Sevestre, H., Benn, D.I., Hulton, N.R. and Bælum, K., 2015. Thermal structure of Svalbard glaciers and implications for thermal switch models of glacier surging. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 120(10), pp.2220-2236.