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Nicholas Midgley

Nicholas Midgley

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Midgley is the Natural Environment Research Group Leader, 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
  • Quaternary Environments (Fieldwork)
  • 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.

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

Research students:

  • Guaduneth Chico León – An investigation of the potential of geospatial technologies to monitor and quantify changes in peatland surfaces
  • Anne Stefaniak – The role of ice dynamics and debris supply in the formation of supraglacial lakes

Dr Midgley's research interests include measuring glacier surface change, ice-marginal processes, moraine sedimentology, geomorphology and structural characteristics of glaciers in Svalbard, Sweden, Iceland and Italy. Recent research has been undertaken at: Midtre Lovénbreen and Austre Lovénbreen in Svalbard; Isfallsglaciären in Sweden; Svínafellsjökull, Skaftafellsjökull and Falljökull in SE Iceland; and Miage glacier in Italy.

Recent research has investigated the use of small remotely piloted aircraft (drones, UAV or UAS) to obtain high-resolution aerial imagery and produce digital surface models using consumer-grade digital cameras. Structure-from-Motion processing of both recent UAV acquired images and historical archive images to investigate glacier surface change has also been undertaken.

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

External activity

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Midgley is currently collaborating with colleagues at:

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


Midgley, NG, Tonkin, TN, Graham, DJ, Cook, SJ, (2018) Evolution of high-Arctic glacial landforms during deglaciation. Geomorphology, 311, 63–75.

Midgley NG, Tonkin TN, (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

  • Glaciers
  • Ice sheets
  • Glacial sediments
  • Glacial geomorphology
  • Ground-penetrating radar on moraines
  • Glacier mice (jöklamýs or jokla-mýs)
  • Using small unmanned aerial vehicle/system (sUAV / sUAS) aka drone aircraft to undertake aerial surveys