Sven Lukas

Sven Lukas

Dr Sven Lukas

Position and Institution: Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
Queen Mary University London

Contact details:

School of Geography
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Phone: +44 20 7882 8417 (direct line)
          +44 20 7782 2720 (Luminescence laboratory)
Fax: +44 20 7882 7032

Position in project: Project researcher

Dr Lukas will co-lead the geochronology theme with Dr Ivy-Ochs to ensure a robust assessment of the available dates from moraines. His expertise in sedimentology and moraine genesis in particular will allow a very detailed assessment of processes, such as postdepositional reworking, that could have impacted samples from which dates have been obtained. He will also provide data from Scottish and Norway glaciers to the Network.

Research interests related to the project’s scope:

His research focuses on the understanding of the timing of glacier-climate interactions and its effects on the shaping of landscapes over longer (eg Younger Dryas, Holocene) and shorter timescales (eg “Little Ice Age”, recent).

The overarching principle of his research is the combination of multiple methods to arrive at a holistic understanding of the complexity of glaciated palaeoenvironments.

Relevant publications:

  • Lukas, S., Graf, A., Coray, S., Schlüchter, C., 2012. Genesis, stability and preservation potential of large lateral moraines of Alpine valley glaciers - towards a unifying theory based on Findelengletscher, Switzerland. Quaternary Science Reviews, in press.
  • Lukas, S., 2012. Processes of annual moraine formation at a temperate alpine valley glacier: insights into glacier dynamics and climatic controls. Boreas, in press.
  • Lukas, S., Preusser, F., Anselmetti, F.S., Tinner, W. 2012. Testing the potential of luminescence  dating of high-alpine lake sediments. Quaternary Geochronology, in press.
  • Lukas, S., Sass, O., 2011. The formation of Alpine lateral moraines inferred from sedimentology and radar reflection patterns - a case study from Gornergletscher, Switzerland. Geological Society of London Special Publications 354: 77–92.
  • Lukas, S., Bradwell, T., 2010. Reconstruction of a lateglacial (Younger Dryas) mountain ice field in Sutherland, NW Scotland, and its palaeoclimatic implications. Journal of Quaternary Science 25: 567-580.
  • Lukas, S., Benn, D.I., 2006. Retreat dynamics of Younger Dryas glaciers in the far NW Scottish Highlands reconstructed from moraine sequences. Scottish Geographical Journal 122: 308-325.Benn, D.I., Lukas, S., 2006. Younger Dryas glacial landsystems in North West Scotland: An assessment of modern analogues and palaeoclimatic implications. Quaternary Science Reviews 25: 2390-2408.