Position: Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
Qualification: BSc Hons, DPhil, FHEA
Department: Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies
Phone: +27 11 717 6508
Room: BP 118

Research Interests

I am a geoscientist with research interests in the spatial and temporal variability in morphosedimentary system responses to rapid hemispheric-scale climatic and environmental changes during the late Pleistocene and Holocene. I focus thematically on glaciers, coasts and mountains and their responses to past, present and future climate change. I focus geographically on the UK and Ireland, northwest USA, Australia, European Alps, New Zealand, Spain and now in southern Africa too. I supervise a number of graduate students on a range of pure and applied topics.

Teaching Interests

I teach the following courses at Wits:

Block 1 of GEOG1000 (Landscapes of Southern Africa)

GEOG2011: Introduction to Climate Change and Society

GEOG4022: Environmental Studies: Geohazards and Risk



Knight, J., Keiler, M. and Harrison, S. 2013. Impacts of recent and future climate change on natural hazards in the European Alps. In: McGuire, W. and Maslin, M. (eds) Climate Forcing of Geological Hazards. Royal Society/John Wiley & Sons, London, 223-249.

Knight, J. and Harrison, S. 2013. The impacts of climate change on terrestrial Earth surface systems. Nature Climate Change, 3 (1), 24-29.

Diodato, N., Knight, J. and Bellochi, G. 2013. Reduced complexity model for assessing patterns of rainfall erosivity in Africa. Global and Planetary Change, 100, 183-193.

Knight, J. and Harrison, S. 2012. Evaluating the impacts of global warming on geomorphological systems. Ambio, 41 (2), 206-210.

Knight, J. 2012. Glacitectonic sedimentary and hydraulic processes at an oscillating late Devensian ice margin. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 123 (5), 714-727.

Knight, J. 2012. The last glaciation of Aran Island and Cruit Island, County Donegal, north-west Ireland. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences, 30, 49-58.

Knight, J. and Harrison, S. 2011. Climate and landscape change. Town & Country Planning, 80 (12), 552-555.

Knight, J. 2011. Drumlin formation in a confined bedrock valley, northwest Ireland. Boreas, 40 (2) 289-302.

Smith, M.J. and Knight, J. 2011. Palaeoglaciology of the last Irish Ice Sheet reconstructed from striae evidence. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 147-160.

Knight, J. 2011. Evaluating geological heritage: Correspondence on Ruban (2010) Quantification of geodiversity and its loss. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 122 (3), 508-510.

Knight, J. and Burningham, H. 2011. Boulder dynamics on an Atlantic-facing coastline, northwest Ireland. Marine Geology, 283 (1-4), 56-65.

Rodway-Dyer, S., Knight, J. and Dunne, E. 2011. A case study on audio feedback with Geography undergraduates. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35 (2), 217-231.

Masselink, G., Hughes, M.G. and Knight, J. 2011. Introduction to Coastal Processes and Geomorphology (2nd edition). Hodder, London, ISBN 978-1-44412-240-4.

Knight, J. and Burningham, H. 2011. Sand dune morphodynamics and prehistoric human occupation in NW Ireland. In: Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S. and Butzer, K.W. (eds) Geoarchaeology, Climate Change and Sustainability. Geological Society of America Special Paper 476, 81-92.

Knight, J. 2011. Uses and limitations of field mapping of lowland glaciated landscapes. In: Smith, M.J., Paron, P. and Griffiths, J. (eds) Geomorphological Mapping: a handbook of techniques and applications, Elsevier, London, 529-546.

Knight, J., Mitchell, W.A. and Rose, J. 2011. Geomorphological field mapping. In: Smith, M.J., Paron, P. and Griffiths, J. (eds) Geomorphological Mapping: a handbook of techniques and applications, Elsevier, London, 151-187.

Knight, J. 2010. Distinguishing the learning approaches adopted by undergraduates in their use of online resources. Active Learning in Higher Education, 11 (1), 67-78.

Keiler, M., Knight, J. and Harrison, S. 2010. Climate change and geomorphological hazards in the eastern European Alps. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A, 368, 2461-2479.

Knight, J. 2010. Basin-scale patterns of subglacial sediment mobility: implications for glaciological inversion modelling. Sedimentary Geology, 232 (3-4), 145-160.

Knight, J. 2010. Drumlins and the dynamics of the subglacial environment. Sedimentary Geology, 232 (3-4), 91-97.

Knight, J. and Harrison, S. (eds) 2009. Periglacial and Paraglacial Processes and Environments. Geological Society Special Publication, 320, 272pp. ISBN 978-1-86239-281-6.

Knight, J. 2009. Infilled pocket gopher tunnels: seasonal features of high alpine plateaux. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34 (4), 590-595.

Knight, J., Burningham, H. and Barrett-Mold, C. 2009. The geomorphology and controls on development of a boulder-strewn rock platform, NW Ireland. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue, 56, 1646-1650.

Knight, J. and Harrison, S. 2009. Sediments and future climate. Nature Geoscience, 3 (4), 230.

Knight, J. 2009. Significance of soft-sediment clasts in glacial outwash, Puget Sound, USA. Sedimentary Geology, 220 (1-2), 126-133.

Knight, J. 2009. Subglacial erosion forms in northwest Ireland. Boreas, 38 (3), 545-554.