Dr Ruth Robinson

Dr Ruth Robinson

Dr Ruth Robinson


Ruth Robinson


Senior Lecturer

Work Phone

01334 463996






  • Sedimentology
  • Geodynamics
  • Geographical information systems
  • Spatial analysis
  • Geochronology of non-marine systems (in particular central Burma)
  • Geochemistry


Further Info

My primary research interests are in sedimentology and applying geochronological techniques to understand the evolution of non-marine systems, particularly in active tectonic settings. I started in quantitative sedimentology, using numerical models to understand the controls on grain-size trends in gravel-bed rivers and how this enables us to interpret grain-size trends in ancient river systems. My interest in landscape evolution developed from this and from the recognition that a constraining surface process rates requires numerical age dating techniques, such as optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and cosmogenic-ray nuclide dating. Since 2005 I have been working on provenance studies of the Cenozoic deposits in central Burma, linking specific detrital minerals back to their bedrock source in Tibet, the eastern Himalayan syntaxis, and within Burma; this involves using U/Pb and Hf isotope geochronology and garnet geochemistry. The work has included quantifying the material fluxes and chemistry of the water and sediment transported by the modern Irrawaddy and Salween rivers.