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Nicholas Midgley

Nicholas Midgley

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Environment

Role

Dr Midgley is the Course Leader for BSc Geography (Physical) and Personal Tutor for first year, second year and final year cohorts. He is the Module Leader for:

  • Geographical Fieldwork (the focus of this module is fieldwork in SE Spain)
  • Quaternary Environments (the focus of this module is fieldwork in north Wales)
  • Glaciology and Glacial Geomorphology

In addition Dr Midgley also contributes to the Introduction to Earth Science, Introduction to Global Environmental Issues, Principles and Practice in Geography, and Dissertation modules.

Dr Midgley is also the Natural Environment Research Group Leader and a member of the School Research Committee.

Career overview

Dr Midgley undertook his PhD at Liverpool John Moores University and subsequently worked as a Lecturer in the same department before completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and joining Nottingham Trent University.

Research areas

Dr Midgley's research interests include UAV aerial surveying (with Structure-from-Motion image processing), glacial lake bathymetric survey, glacial sedimentology, glacial structure (using ground-penetrating radar) and glacial geomorphology with recent (since 2010) overseas research undertaken in Iceland (2019, 2017, 2013 and 2010), Italy (2017), Svalbard (2014 and 2012) and Sweden (2013).

To assist with drone/UAV use for teaching and research purposes, Dr Midgley has held a UK CAA Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) from 2015—2020, and now holds a UK CAA A2 class Certificate of Competence (A2 CofC) for 2020—2025 for UAV use in the A2 UAV category.

Recent postgraduate research students:

  • Anne Stefaniak (ongoing) The role of ice dynamics and debris supply in the formation of supraglacial lakes.
  • Guaduneth Chico León (completed 2020) An investigation of the potential of geospatial technologies to monitor and quantify changes in peatland surfaces.
  • Dora Vataroglou (completed 2018) Colonisation of the glacier foreland of Svínafellsjökull in SE Iceland by Lupinus nootkatensis.
  • Toby Tonkin (completed 2016) Structural characteristics of lateral-frontal moraines developed at Arctic and alpine glaciers.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

Dr Midgley has undertaken reviews for the following journals: Geomorphology, Remote Sensing, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, and others.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Midgley is currently collaborating with colleagues at:

  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Sheffield

Publications

Select recent publications:

Midgley, N.G., Tonkin, T.N., Graham, D.J., Cook, S.J. (2018) Evolution of high-Arctic glacial landforms during deglaciation. Geomorphology, 311, 63–75.

Midgley N.G., Tonkin T.N. (2017) Reconstruction of former glacier surface topography from archive oblique aerial images. Geomorphology, 282, 18–26.

See all of Nicholas Midgley's publications...

Press expertise

  • Using UAV/drones to undertake aerial surveys
  • Glaciers
  • Glacial sediments
  • Glacial geomorphology
  • Ground-penetrating radar use in glacial settings
  • Glacier mice (jöklamýs or jökla-mýs)

Course(s) I teach on

  • Iceland Field Trip
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2021

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/course/animal-rural-and-environmental-sciences/ug/bsc-hons-geography-physical

  • Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2021

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/course/animal-rural-and-environmental-sciences/ug/bsc-hons-geography

  • Student in lab
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2021

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/course/animal-rural-and-environmental-sciences/ug/bsc-hons-environmental-science