Jacob Bendle

I am a Quaternary geologist with a focus on palaeo-ice sheet dynamics and palaeoclimate change during the last 20,000 years. I study glacial landforms to reconstruct glacier (and glacial lake) extents, dimensions and depositional processes. However, my main focus lies with the sedimentological analysis of annually-layered glacial lake sediments (known as varves) to develop continuous, high-resolution records of past ice sheet response to sub-centennial (rapid) climate shifts. I am also interested in the remote sensing of modern glaciers. I have led fieldwork campaigns in Patagonia and the UK uplands of Wales and Scotland, and have been involved in remote sensing investigations of modern Antarctic, Himalayan, Patagonian glaciers.

Studying glacial lake sediments for my PhD in central Patagonia

Contact details

Email: jacob.bendle [at] rhul.ac.uk

Address: Centre for Quaternary Research, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX

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I was awarded a BSc in Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University (2011) and an MSc in Quaternary Science at Royal Holloway, University of London (2012). I have recently completed a PhD in Quaternary Science (also Royal Holloway) (2017). My thesis is titled: “Timing, dynamics, and palaeoclimatic significance of ice sheet deglaciation in central Patagonia, southern South America”. This project involved geomorphological mapping from remotely sensed data, four field seasons in Patagonia analysing the sedimentology of glacial lake sediments, laboratory analysis of lake sediments (thin section micromorphology), and geochemical analysis of volcanic ash (tephra) layers. Since completing my PhD, I have worked as a Teaching Fellow in Physical Geography at Royal Holloway, and currently as a Visiting Lecturer in Glaciology and Alpine Change at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.


2013-2017: PhD Quaternary Science | Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London

2011-2012: MSc Quaternary Science | Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London

2008-2011: BSc Physical Geography | Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (IGES), Aberystwyth University


Bendle, J.M., Palmer, A.P., Thorndycraft, V.R., Matthews, I.P. 2017. High-resolution chronology for deglaciation of the Patagonian Ice Sheet at Lago Buenos Aires (46.5°S) revealed through varve chronology and Bayesian age modelling. Quaternary Science Reviews, 177, 314–339.

Bendle, J.M., Thorndycraft, V.R.., Palmer, A.P., 2017. The glacial geomorphology of the Lago Buenos Aires and Lago Pueyrredón ice lobes of central Patagonia. Journal of Maps, 13, 654–673.

Bendle, J.M., Palmer, A.P., Carr, S.J. 2015. A comparison of micro-CT and thin section analysis of Lateglacial glaciolacustrine varves from Glen Roy Scotland. Quaternary Science Reviews, 114, 61­77.

Bendle, J.M., Glasser, N.F. 2012. Palaeoclimatic reconstruction from Lateglacial (Younger Dryas Chronozone) cirque glaciers in Snowdonia, North Wales. Proceedings of The Geologists’ Association, 123, 130–145.


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