Professor Anne Mather

Professor Anne Mather

Professor in Geomorphology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Professor Anne Mather can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Flooding
  • Deserts
  • Geohazards
  • Landslides



  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool 
  • BSc (Joint Honors) Geography and Geology, University of Hull 

Professional membership

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • British Society of Geomorphologists (Deputy Chair)
  • Quaternary Research Association
  • British Sedimentological Research Group (Secretary 1994-6)
  • Fluvial Archives Group (Excecutive Committee 2012-2016)
  • American Geophysical Union

Roles on external bodies

  • Editorial Board of Elsevier Journal 'Geomorphology' (1996 to 2016)
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Iberian Geology (2000 to present) 
  • Advisory Editor, Journal Geological Society of London (2014 to 2016)
  • Editorial Board, Geosciences (2017 to present)



Teaching interests

I am a Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and sit on the Plymouth University Teaching Development Accreditation Panel. I am a strong believer in the value of experiential learning through field and practical work and incorporating new learning technologies into the learning experience (e.g.Innovative use of Google Earth Professional and Drone Technology).

 My current teaching role incorporates:

  • Field teaching across the geosciences (UK, Iceland, Morocco, Portugal,Spain)
  • Fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology
  • Arid environments
  • Tectonic geomorphology
  • Cold environments

Staff serving as external examiners

  • Trinity College Dublin, Geosciences, 2019-2021
  • University of Edinburgh, Earth Sciences, 2016 to 2020
  • University of Derby, Geography Programmes, 2013 to 2017
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, 2010 to 2013
  • University of Luton, Environment Field, 1999 to 2003



Research interests

My research is rooted in the field of fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology with the main focus on examining long-term landscape development in dryland, tectonically active landscapes. The research is inter-disciplinary in nature, developing fieldbased, specialist approaches to earth science problems by marrying geomorphological and geological approaches on an appropriate temporal (105 to 106yr.) and spatial(102 to104 km2) scale. 

The research focuses on using fluvial archives (river terraces; alluvial fans) and related slope processes (e.g. landsliding, gullying) to examine tectonic and climatic forcing controls on landscape development.This research is key to benchmarking and developing landscape evolution models (LEMs) currently being used to explore Quaternary landscape evolution and important for developing land management and engineering and mineral exploitation strategies.

Current research foci include 

  • developing palaeohydrological approaches for Quaternary landscapes
  • use of new technologies in field research (UAV, 3D mapping software)
  • better understanding the river terrace and alluvial fan archives in landscapes
  • understanding the role of landsliding in Quaternary (and older) landscape development
  • application of geochronological techniques to long-term landscape development (Mainly OSL and CRN)

The above research is based in field areas in Spain, Turkey, USA, Northern Chile, Iceland and Morocco.

Research groups

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

  • Martin Geach. 2015. Landscape forcing mechanisms onQuaternary time-scales: the Tabernas Basin SE Spain. Plymouth University
  • Waleed Hanosh Hamed 2015. The geomorphological development of ephemeral and relict river valley systems in northwest Rutba, Western Iraq. Plymouth University
  • Samantha Ilott 2013. Cosmogenic dating of fluvial terraces in the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain. University of Plymouth. NERC funded studentship.
  • Astrid Blum 2007. Controls on long-term drainage development of the Carboneras Basin, SE Spain. University of Plymouth
  • Andrew Hart 2004. Landslide hazard in the Rio de Aguas catchment, SE Spain. University of Plymouth.
  • Sue H Hughes 2000. The geochemical and mineralogical record of the impact of historical mining within estuarine sediments, Fal Estuary,Cornwall, UK. Camborne School of Mines.
  • Martin Stokes 1997. Plio-Pleistocene drainage evolution ofthe Vera Basin, SE Spain. University of Plymouth.

Grants & contracts

Currently working on:

British Society of Geomorphology (Research Grant): Integrated fluvial archive approaches to Holocene palaeoflood reconstruction: potential insights for climate change in continental N. Africa 

It is the intention of this study to utilise river terrace data (sedimentology, geomorphology), slack water deposits and engineering approaches to examine a 20km reach of the upland River Dades (an upland, non-glaciated Saharan margin drainage) to reconstruct the Holocene palaeohydrological flood record for the catchment. This record can then be used to identify enhanced periods of fluvial activity providing potential to inform on the extent of the influence of African Humid Periods in this part of north Africa.

Royal Geographical Society Thesiger Oman Award. Bedrock landsliding - a near and present danger: implications for hazard assessment in the NW Sahara (Morocco).  

This project investigates the occurrence and timing of large-(km) scale bedrock landsliding in the arid Saharan margins of the Highand Anti-atlas Mountains of Morocco. In such environments landsliding can have a direct impact on the inhabitants as well as further afield down-valley effects via secondary hazards (amplified flood peaks associated with landslide constrictions and valley blockages which may lead to landslide lake outburst floods). This project will examine the nature of the hazard today and underpast climate regimes to better understand the impact of changing climate and human intervention on these large and previously unstudied slope instabilities in the NW Saharan margin.

National Geographic (Northern Europe Research Grant). Catastrophic flood events of the Atacama desert, Northern Chile.  

This project involves collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Cat√≥lica de Chile, Santiago CDA (Dr Juan Garcia), Aberdeen (Professor Adrian Hartley), Bristol (Dr Laura Evenstar) and Glasgow (Professor Fin Stuart). The study will attempt, for the first time, to document newly discovered ?Pleistocene catastrophic flood deposits of the Central Depression of the Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.The research will evaluate the geographic distribution of the events and their magnitude. These data will be used to establish the flood event heritage in order to advance our existing knowledge of the nature of catastrophic flash flood events in hyper-arid catchments and thus the mitigation of modern events such as the Atacama 2015 floods.

British Society for Geomorphology and QuaternaryResearch Association (Research Grants). Outburst floods: their past and future role in shaping Iceland‚Äôs landscape

This project aims will evaluate and develop existing knowledge of outburst flood behaviour during deglaciation of plateau ice field systems in Iceland. Iceland provides a unique opportunity to constrain the age and distribution of events utilising tephrochronology and lichenometric approaches together with the 10th and 11th Century AD Icelandic Saga records.The project will reconstruct ice extent and likely peak flood magnitude events using a combination of available records together with remote and field study of selected late Pleistocene, and previously understudied ancient events (e.g.1362 √Ėr√¶faj√∂kull). Recent events will be used to calibrate reconstruction techniques. Combining these data with future projections of ice extent and thickness modelling will inform on the magnitude and routing of future outburst hazard distribution. 

Have received previous funding from

  • NERC
  • TUBITAK (Turkish equivalent of NERC)
  • CONICYT (Chilean equivalent of NERC)
  • British Society of Geomorphologists
  • Royal Society
  • National Geographic
  • British Council
  • British Academy
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • Quaternary Research Association
  • Geological Society of London
  • Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) University of Plymouth
  • Portuguese government (funding as an international expert)



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Evenstar LA, Hartley AJ & Mather AE (2022) 'Orogenic-orographic feedback and the rise of the Central Andes' Earth and Planetary Science Letters 602, ,
Zondervan JR, Stokes M, Telfer MW, Boulton SJ, Mather AE, Buylaert JP, Jain M, Murray AS & Belfoul MA (2022) 'Constraining a model of punctuated river incision for Quaternary strath terrace formation' Geomorphology 414, ,
Zondervan JR, Stokes M, Boulton SJ, Telfer MW & Mather AE (2020) 'Rock strength and structural controls on fluvial erodibility: Implications for drainage divide mobility in a collisional mountain belt' Earth and Planetary Science Letters 538, 0-0 ,
Cabré A, Aguilar G, Mather AE, Fredes V & Riquelme R (2020) 'Tributary-junction alluvial fan response to an ENSO rainfall event in the El Huasco watershed, northern Chile' Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment 44, (5) ,
Evenstar LA, Mather AE & Hartley AJ (2020) 'Using spatial patterns of fluvial incision to constrain continental-scale uplift in the Andes' Global and Planetary Change 186, 103119-103119 ,
Roberts N, Allcock SL, Barnett H, Mather A, Eastwood WJ, Jones M, Primmer N, Yigitba?ioglu H & Vannière B (2018) 'Cause-and-effect in Mediterranean erosion: The role of humans and climate upon Holocene sediment flux into a central Anatolian lake catchment' Geomorphology ,
Stokes M, Mather A, Angel R, Kearsey S & Lewin S (2018) 'Anatomy, Age and Origin of an Intramontane Top Basin Surface (Sorbas Basin, Betic Cordillera, SE Spain)' Quaternary ,
Mather AE, Fyfe R, Clason C, Stokes M, Mills S & Barrows TT (2018) 'Automated mapping of relict patterned ground: An approach to evaluate morphologically subdued landforms using unmanned-aerialvehicle and structure-from-motion technologies' Progress in Physical Geography ,
Briant RM, Cohen KM, Cordier S, Demoulin A, Macklin MG, Mather AE, Rixhon G, Veldkamp A, Wainwright J & Whittaker A (2018) 'Applying Pattern Oriented Sampling in current fieldwork practice to enable more effective model evaluation in fluvial landscape evolution research' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43, (14) 2964-2980 ,
Stokes MR, Mather, Mather A, Geach M & Boulton S (2017) 'Controls on dryland mountain landscape development along the NW Saharan desert margin: Insights from Quaternary river terrace sequences (Dadès River, south-central High Atlas, Morocco)' Quaternary Science Reviews ,
Cordier S, Briant B, Bridgland D, Herget J, Maddy D, Mather A & Vandenberghe J (2017) 'The Fluvial Archives Group: 20 years of research connecting fluvial geomorphology and palaeoenvironments' Quaternary Science Reviews 166, 1-9 ,
Evenstar LA, Mather AE, Hartley AJ, Stuart FM, Sparks RSJ & Cooper FJ (2017) 'Geomorphology on geologic timescales: Evolution of the late Cenozoic Pacific paleosurface in Northern Chile and Southern Peru' Earth-Science Reviews 171, 1-27 ,
Demoulin A, Mather A & Whittaker A (2016) 'Fluvial archives, a valuable record of vertical crustal deformation' Quaternary Science Reviews ,
Mather AE, Stokes M & Whitfield E (2016) 'River terraces and alluvial fans: The case for an integrated Quaternary fluvial archive' Quaternary Science Reviews 166, 74-90 ,
Mather A & Stokes M (2016) 'Extracting palaeoflood data from coarse-grained Pleistocene river terrace archives: an example from SE Spain' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 41, (13) 1991-2004 ,
Mather AE, Mills S, Stokes M & Fyfe R (2015) 'Ten years on: what can Google Earth offer the Geoscience community?' Geology Today 31, (6) 216-221
Stokes M & Mather AE (2015) 'Controls on modern tributary-junction alluvial fan occurrence and morphology: High Atlas Mountains, Morocco' Geomorphology ,
Anton L, Mather AE, Stokes M, Mu√Īoz-Martin A & De Vicente G (2015) 'Exceptional river gorge formation from unexceptional floods' Nature Communications 6, (0) 0-0 ,
Geach MR, Thomsen KJ, Buylaert J-P, Murray AS, Mather AE, Telfer MW & Stokes M (2015) 'Single-grain and multi-grain OSL dating of river terrace sediments in the Tabernas Basin, SE Spain' Quaternary Geochronology ,
Geach MR, Viveen W, Mather AE, Telfer MW, Fletcher WJ, Stokes M & Peyron O (2015) 'An integrated field and numerical modelling study of controls on Late Quaternary fluvial landscape development (Tabernas, SE Spain)' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms ,
Griffiths JS, Mather AE & Stokes M (2015) 'Mapping landslides at different scales' Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 48, (1) 29-40 ,
Boulton SJ, Stokes M & Mather AE (2014) 'Transient fluvial incision as an indicator of active faulting and Plio-Quaternary uplift of the Moroccan High Atlas' Tectonophysics 633, 16-33 ,
Geach MR, Stokes M, Telfer MW, Mather AE, Fyfe RM, Lewin & S (2014) 'The application of geospatial interpolation methods in the reconstruction of Quaternary landform records' Geomorphology 216, 234-246 ,
Mather AE, Hartley AJ & Griffiths JS (2014) 'The giant coastal landslides of Northern Chile: Tectonic and climate interactions on a classic convergent plate margin' Earth and Planetary Science Letters 388, 249-256 ,
Telfer MW, Mills SC & Mather AE (2014) 'Extensive Quaternary aeolian deposits in the Drakensberg foothills, Rooiberge, South Africa' GEOMORPHOLOGY 219, 161-175 ,
Stokes M, Griffiths JS & Mather AE (2012) 'Palaeoflood estimates of Pleistocene coarse grained river terrace landforms (Rio Almanzora, SE Spain)' Geomorphology 149-150, 11-26 ,
(2009) 'ERRATUM' Geology 37, (7) 658-658 ,
Hart AB, Griffiths JS & Mather AE (2009) 'Some limitations in the interpretation of vertical stereo photographic images for a landslide investigation' QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY 42, 21-30 ,
Evenstar LA, Hartley AJ, Stuart FM, Mather AE, Rice CM & Chong G (2009) 'Multiphase development of the Atacama Planation Surface recorded by cosmogenic <SUP>3</SUP>He exposure ages: Implications for uplift and Cenozoic climate change in western South America' GEOLOGY 37, (1) 27-30 ,
Stokes M, Mather AE, Belfoul A & Farik F (2008) 'Active and passive tectonic controls for transverse drainage and river gorge development in a collisional mountain belt (Dades Gorges, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco)' GEOMORPHOLOGY 102, (1) 2-20 ,
Silva PG, Audemard FA & Mather AE (2008) 'Preface on the impact of active tectonics and uplift on fluvial landscapes' GEOMORPHOLOGY 102, (1) 1-1 ,
Alexander RW, Calvo-Cases A, Arnau-Rosalen E, Mather AE & Lazaro-Suau R (2008) 'Erosion and stabilisation sequences in relation to base level changes in the El Cautivo badlands, SE Spain' GEOMORPHOLOGY 100, (1-2) 83-90 ,
Mather A, Stokes M, Pirrie D & Hartley R (2008) 'Generation, transport and preservation of armoured mudballs in an ephemeral gully system' GEOMORPHOLOGY 100, (1-2) 104-119 ,
Mather (2006) 'The application of drainage system analysis in constraining spatial patterns of uplift in the Coastal Cordillera of Northern Chile' Geological Society of America Bulletin Special Paper 398, 89-99 ,
Hartley AJ, Chong G, Houston J & Mather A (2005) '150 million years of climatic stability: evidence from the Atacama Desert, northern Chile' Journal of The Geological Society 162, 421-424
Griffiths JS, Hart AB, Mather AE & Stokes M (2005) 'Assessment of some spatial and temporal issues in landslide initiation within the Rio Aguas Catchment, South-East Spain' Landslides 2, (3) 183-192
Mather A (2003) 'Book Review: Flood and megaflood processes and deposits: recent and ancient examples' The Holocene 13, (6) 954-955 ,
Mather AE, Griffiths JS & Stokes M (2003) 'Anatomy of a 'fossil' landslide from the Pleistocene of SE Spain' Geomorphology 50, (1-3) 135-149
Mather AE & Stokes M (2003) 'Long-term landscape development in southern Spain' Geomorphology 50, (1-3) 1-2
Stokes M & Mather AE (2003) 'Tectonic origin and evolution of a transverse drainage: the Rio Almanzora, Betic Cordillera, Southeast Spain' Geomorphology 50, (1-3) 59-81
Harvey AM, Foster G, Hannam J & Mather AE (2003) 'The Tabernas alluvial fan and lake system, southeast Spain: applications of mineral magnetic and pedogenic iron oxide analyses towards clarifying the Quaternary sediment sequences' Geomorphology 50, (1-3) 151-171
Griffiths JS, Mather AE & Hart AB (2002) 'Landslide susceptibility in the Rio Aguas catchment, SE Spain' Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 35, 9-17
Mather AE, Stokes A & Griffiths JS (2002) 'Quaternary landscape evolution: A framework for understanding contemporary erosion, southeast Spain' Land Degradation & Development 13, (2) 89-109
Hartley A, Howell J, Mather AE & Chong G (2001) 'A possible Plio-Pleistocene tsunami deposit, Hornitos, northern Chile' Revista geológica de Chile 28, (1) ,
Hartley A, Howell J, Mather AE & Chong G (2001) 'Plio-Pleistocene Tsunami Deposit, Hornitos, Northen Chile' Revista Geologica de Chile 28, 117-125
Mather AE, Harvey AM & Stokes M (2000) 'Quantifying long-term catchment changes of alluvial fan systems' GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN 112, (12) 1825-1833 ,
Mather AE (2000) 'Adjustment of a drainage network to capture induced base-level change: an example from the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain' GEOMORPHOLOGY 34, (3-4) 271-289 ,
Mather AE (2000) 'Impact of headwater river capture on alluvial system development: an example from the Plio-Pleistocene of the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain' JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 157, 957-966 ,
Stokes M & Mather AE (2000) 'Response of Plio-Pleistocene alluvial systems to tectonically induced base-level changes, Vera Basin, SE Spain' JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 157, 303-316 ,
Harvey AM, Silva PG, Mather AE, Goy JL, Stokes M & Zazo C (1999) 'The impact of Quaternary sea-level and climatic change on coastal alluvial fans in the Cabo de Gata ranges, southeast Spain' GEOMORPHOLOGY 28, (1-2) 1-22 ,
Newnham R, Mather A, Grattan J, Holmes A & Gardner A (1998) 'An evaluation of the use of Internet sources as a basis for geography coursework' JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY IN HIGHER EDUCATION 22, (1) 19-34 ,
Doyle P, Mather AE, Bennett MR & Bussell MA (1996) 'Miocene barnacle assemblages from southern Spain and their palaeoenvironmental significance' LETHAIA 29, (3) 267-274 ,
Bennett MR, Doyle P & Mather AE (1996) 'Dropstones: Their origin and significance' PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY 121, (3-4) 331-339 ,
Westhead RK & Mather AE (1996) 'An updated lithostratigraphy for the Purbeck Limestone Group in the Dorset type-area' Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 107, (2) 117-128 ,
Mather AE (1994) 'Evolution of a Pliocene fan-delta: links between the Sorbas and Carboneras Basins, southeast Spain' Tectonic controls and signatures in sedimentary successions 277-290
Mather AE & Westhead RK (1993) 'Plio/Quaternary strain of the Sorbas Basin, SE Spain: evidence from sediment deformation structures' Quaternary Proceedings 3, 57-65
Mather AE, Harvey AM & Brenchley PJ (1991) 'Halokinetic deformation of Quaternary river terraces in the Sorbas basin, south-east Spain' Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, Supplementband 82, 87-97
Mather A (1999) 'Atlas of Mediterranean environments in Europe' GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL 165, 327-327 ,
Harvey A & Mather A (2015) Almeria. Dunedin Academic PressLtd
Harvey AM, Stokes M & Mather A (2005) Alluvial fans: Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Dynamics. Geological Society, London
(2001) A Field Guide to the Neogene Sedimentary Basins of the Almería Province, SE Spain. Wiley ,
Martin JM, Harvey AM, Braga JC & Mather A (2001) A Field guide to the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, South-east Spain: International Association of Sedimentologists Field Guide. Blackwell Science
Mather AE & Stokes M (2017) 'Bedrock structural control on catchment scale connectivity and alluvial fan processes, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco' in Ventra D; Clarke LE Geology and Geomorphology of Alluvial and Fluvial Fans: Terrestrial and Planetary Perspectives The Geological Society of London ,
M. Harvey A, Stokes M, Mather A & Whitfield (née Maher) E (2016) 'Spatial characteristics of the Pliocene to modern alluvial fan successions in the uplifted sedimentary basins of Almería, SE Spain: review and regional synthesis' Geological Society of London 65-77 ,
Harvey AM, Whitfield E, Stokes M & Mather AE (2014) 'The Late Neogene to Quaternary Drainage Evolution of the Uplifted Neogene Sedimentary Basins of Almería, Betic Chain' in Gutiérrez F; Gutiérrez M Landscapes and Landforms of Spain Springer 37-61 ,
Mather AE, Hartley AJ, Weissmann GS, Bhattacharaya P, Scuderi LA, Davidson SK, Leleu S, Chakraborty T, Ghosh P & Nichols GD (2013) 'Soil Development on Modern Distributive Fluvial Systems: Preliminary Observations with Implications for Interpretation of Paleosols in the Rock Record' in Driese SG; Nordt LC New Frontiers in Paleopedology and Terrestrial Paleoclimatology: Paleosols and soil surface analog systems SEPM 149-158 ,
Mather AE (2011) '29 Interpreting Quaternary Environments' in Gregory KJ; Goudie AS The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology SAGE Publications Limited 513-534
Mather A (2011) 'Interpreting Quaternary Environments' The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology SAGE Publications Ltd 513-534 ,
Griffiths, J.S., Mather, A. E., Hartley, A. & Truscott, J. & (2010) 'Geologically Active' in Williams AL; Pinches GM; Chin CY Geologically Active CRC PressI Llc 4145-4152
Mather AE (2009) 'Tectonic setting and landscape development' in Woodward J The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean OUP Oxford 5-32
Mather A (2006) 'Arid Environments' in Perry C; Taylor KG Environmental Sedimentology Blackwells 536-536
Harvey AM, Stokes M & Mather A (2005) 'A review of alluvial fan research' in Harvey AM; Mather AE; Stokes M Alluvial Fans: Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Dynamics Geological Society Special Publication 251, London 1-8
Hartley AJ, Jolley E, Turner P & Mather A (2005) 'Climatic Controls on Alluvial Fan Activity, Coastal Cordillera, northern Chile' in Harvey AM; Mather AE; Stokes M Alluvial Fans: Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Dynamics. Geological Society Special Publication 251, London. 95-115
Mather AE & Hartley A (2005) 'Flow events on a hyper-arid alluvial fan: Quebrada Tambores, Salar de Atacama, northern Chile' Geological Society of London 9-24
Stokes M, Mather AE & Harvey AM (2002) 'Quantification of river-capture-induced base-level changes and landscape development, Sorbas Basin, SE Spain' Sediment Flux to Basins: Causes, Control and Consequences Geological Society Special Publications 23-35
Mather AE, Martín JM, Harvey AM & Braga JC (2001) 'Introduction to the Field Guide' Wiley 1-8 ,
Mather AE, Braga JC, Martín JM & Harvey AM (2001) 'Introduction to the Neogene Geology of the Sorbas Basin' Wiley 9-28 ,
Mather AE & Stokes M (2001) 'Marine to Continental Transition' Wiley 186-224 ,
Mather AE, Gómez-Pugnaire MT, Fernández-Soler JM, Haughton P & Stokes M (2001) 'The Development of the Neogene Basins' Wiley 29-133 ,
Harvey AM, Mather AE, Alexander RW, Spivey DB & Stokes M (2001) 'Uplift, Dissection and Landform Evolution: The Quaternary' Wiley 225-322 ,
Stokes M (2001) 'Late Pliocene Gilbert-type fan-deltas of the Vera Basin' in Mather AE; Harvey AM; Martin JM; Braga JC A Field Guide to the Geology and Geomorphology of the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, SE Spain 189-200
Mather AE & Stokes M (2001) 'Plio-Pleistocene alluvial environments of the Sorbas and Vera Basins' in Mather AE; Harvey AM; Martin JM; Braga JC A Field Guide to the Geology and Geomorphology if the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, SE Spain 212-224
Mather AE & Stokes M (2001) 'Plio-Pleistocene regional deformation' in Mather AE; Harvey AM; Martin JM; Braga JC A Field Guide to the Geology and Geomorphology of the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, SE Spain 115-126
Harvey AM, Stokes M & Mather AE (2001) 'The landforms of the coastal zone' in Mather AE; Harvey AM; Martin JM; Braga JC A Field Guide to the Geology and Geomorphology of the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, SE Spain Blackwell Scientific 303-322
Mather AE, Hart A & Griffiths JS (2000) 'The role of landsliding in landscape development in the Rio Aguas catchment, SE Spain' in Bromhead E; Dixon N; Ibsen ML Landslides in research, theory and practice London Thomas Telford
Mather AE, Bennett MR & Glasser N (1996) 'Earth hummocks and boulder runs at Merrivale Dartmoor' in Charman DJ; Newnham RM; Croot DG Devon and East Cornwall Field Guide London QRA
Mather AE (1994) 'Evolution of a Pliocene Fan‚ÄźDelta: Links between the Sorbas and Carboneras Basins, Southeast Spain' Wiley 277-290 ,
Conference Papers
Zondervan J, Stokes M, Boulton SJ, Telfer MW & Mather AE (2022) 'LITHOLOGY, ROCK STRENGTH AND FRACTURE CONTROLS ON FLUVIAL ERODIBILITY' PRF2022‚ÄĒProgressive Failure of Brittle Rocks Geological Society of America ,
Zondervan JR, Stokes M, Boulton SJ, Mather AE & Telfer MW (2018) 'Catchment changes in response to tectonics and climate: using river terraces and DEM data in the southern High Atlas Mountains (Morocco)' WGSG 2018 4th Meeting of the Working Group on Sediment Generation, Dublin
Boulton SJ, Stokes M, Vandevelde J & Mather AE (2016) 'When did the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains get high? Constraints on neo- and active tectonics from fluvial geomorphology and palaeoaltimetry' 7th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology Crestone, CO 81131 USA 5-/-0/20166-/-0/2016,
Griffiths JS, Stokes M & Mather A (2004) 'Construction design data provided by the investigation of geomorphological processes and landforms' in Jardine RJ; Potts DM; Higgins KG Advances in Geotechnical Engineering: the Skempton Conference, Thomas Telford, London 1292-1303
MATHER AE & HARVEY AM (1995) 'Controls on drainage evolution in the Sorbas basin, southeast Spain' 65-76
MATHER AE, SILVA PG, GOY JL, HARVEY AM & ZAZO C (1995) 'Tectonics versus climate: An example from late Quaternary aggradational and dissectional sequences of the Mula basin, southeast Spain' 77-87
Presentations and posters
Zondervan JR, Stokes M, Mather AE & Boulton SJ Zondervan JR, Stokes M, Mather AE & Boulton SJ 'Fluvial archives of NW African climate and tectonic evolution, Atlas Mountains, central Morocco'
Zondervan JR, Stokes M, Boulton SJ, Mather AE & Telfer MW Zondervan JR, Stokes M, Boulton SJ, Mather AE & Telfer MW 'Palaeo river long profile reconstruction in a fold-and-thrust belt: river terraces as archives of Quaternary incision and aggradation in the Atlas Mountains'
Evenstar LA, van Zalinge ME, Mather AE & Cooper FJ Evenstar LA, van Zalinge ME, Mather AE & Cooper FJ 'Regional controls on water table depth in the Northern Atacama Desert; implications for supergene enrichment' ,


Conferences organised

  • 2020 6th International Alluvial Fans Meeting, USA (American SW)
  • September 2016: BSG Field day 'Moor to See' looking atnon-invasive field technologies. Dartmoor.
  • September 2014: Fluvial Archives Group Biennial Meeting andfield trip, Almeria, Spain. Convenor (with M Stokes and L Anton)
  • July 2013: 10th International Conference on FluvialSedimentology, Leeds, UK. Co-Convenor (Field Trips) 
  • December 2012: 4th International Conference on AlluvialFans, RAK, United Arab Emirates. Convenors A. Al Farraj (RAK), A. Mather(Plymouth). 
  • July 2009. Session: Tectonics and Geomorphology. ConvenorsBerryman K, and Mather A.E. 7th International Conference on Geomorphology.Melbourne, Australia. 
  • September 2005. Symposia S10; Structural geomorphology andNeotectonics. Convenors Silva, P., Audemard, F. & Mather, A.E. 6thInternational Conference on Geomorphology, Zaragoza, Spain.
  • April 2005. Session SSP5. Neogene Basins of Southern Spain.European Geosciences Union General Assembly. Convenors, Fortuin, A., Mather,A.E.., Braga, J. & Brachert, T. Vienna Austria.
  • June 2003. BSRG/BGRG Alluvial fans meeting, Sorbas, SESpain. Convenors A. Mather (Plymouth), A. Harvey (Liverpool), M. Stokes(Plymouth) Spain
  • December 2001. BSRG AGM. University of Plymouth. ConvenorsG. Price & others (Geology), A. Mather (Geography)
  • August 2001 Special Symposia at 7th International Conferenceon Fluvial Sedimentology. Alluvial and tectonic system interactions. Nebraska,USA. Convenors J Holbrook (SE Missouri State University), A. Mather, M. Stokes(Plymouth).