Dr Lynda Yorke

Dr Lynda Yorke - Lecturer in Physical Geography                                                                                                                        

Room F22, Thoday Building

E-mail: l.yorke@bangor.ac.uk

Twitter: @drlyndayorke

Tel: +44(0)1248 388641


BSc. (Hons) Geography - Northumbria University
MSc. Geomorphology and Environmental Change - University of Durham
Ph.D. Quaternary Geomorphology - University of Hull
PGCTHE - Aberystwyth University

Membership of Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Quaternary Research Association
British Society for Geomorphology (Executive Committee - OS Outreach, Sept 2014 – present)
The Geographical Association

Research Interests

  • River response to Quaternary environmental change, particularly long-term dynamics and the influence of glacial-uplift on river development.
  • Riverine flooding, hazards and risk.
  • Human-river interactions (Geoarchaeology).
  • Geomorphology and sedimentology, especially in former UK glacial environments.


Group Affiliation

  • Rivers and Catchments


Dr Lynda Yorke graduated from Northumbria University with a Geography BSc, gained a Masters’ degree from the University of Durham, and completed her doctoral research at the University of Hull.  Lynda has previously worked in project management and as a research associate on a number of ALSF-funded research projects.  She undertook post-doctoral research at the University of Liverpool, before starting her lecturing career at Aberystwyth University.  Lynda has been at Bangor since January 2012.


  • BBC Two, on-screen contribution to Richard Park’s ‘Extreme Wales’. Broadcast 7th November 2016 (Broadcast 12th September 2016 on BBCWales).
  • Skinner, C., Yorke, L. (9 December 2015). Flooding and Geomorphology [British Society for Geomorphology Press Release]. Retrieved from https://geomorphology.org.uk
  • ITV1, on-screen contribution to Bear Gryll’s ‘Britain’s Biggest Adventures’. Broadcast 22nd September 2015. 
  • Television interview/contribution to ‘Precious Planet' pilot. Filmed April 2015. 
  • Daily Post Wales ‘We can’t cope with more storms’. Interview and comment on flooding. Published 11th January 2014. 
  • BBCWales, television interview/contribution to Week In Week out ‘Holding back the floods’. Broadcast 5th November 2013.


Yorke, L., Bunting, M.J. (21 September 2016). Take it home and do it: open-book exams [GEES Network Blog]. Retrieved from https://teachingfocusedgeesnetwork.wordpress.com/tag/checklistding/

Staff Publications

Peer-reviewed papers


Yorke, L., Rumsby, B.T., Chiverrell, R.C. (2012) Depositional history of the Tyne valley associated with retreat and stagnation of Late Devensian Ice Streams.  Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association. Volume 123, Issue 4, pp. 608 – 625

Livingstone, S.J., Davies, B.J., Evans, D.A.J., Huddart, D., Merritt, J.W., Mitchell, W.A., O Cofaigh, C., Roberts, D.H., Yorke, L. (2012) Glaciodynamics of the central sector of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet. Earth Science Reviews 111, 25-55.


Hooke, J.M. and Yorke, L. Channel bar dynamics on multi-decadal timescales in an active meandering river.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36(14), 1910-1928


Hooke, J.M. and Yorke, L. (2010) Rates, distributions and mechanisms of change in meander morphology over decadal timescales, River Dane, UK. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms  35(13), 1601–1614


Yorke, L., Fuller, I. C., Howard, A. J. and Passmore, D. G. (2007) Preliminary investigations of outwash environments in the Tyne Valley: implications for Late Devensian (Dimlington Stadial) deglaciation. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 118, 201-211.

Book Sections


  • Yorke, L., Livingstone, S.J.  Overview of the glacial and fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology of the Tyne Gap and River Tyne Valley. In: Davies et al., The Quaternary of Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire. Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, London, p. 22-24.

  • Yorke, L. Lower Tyne valley landform-sediment assemblages.  In: Davies et al., The Quaternary of Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire. Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, London, p. 129-134.

  • Yorke, L., Lateglacial and early Holocene alluvial history of the River Tyne between Haltwhistle and Blaydon.  In: Davies et al., The Quaternary of Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire. Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, London, p.135-142.

Books: edited


  • Davies, B.J, Yorke, L., Bridgland, D.R., Roberts, D.H. The Quaternary of Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire. Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, London.


Book reviews


The Earth’s Land Surface, by Ken Gregory.  The Geographical Journal, 177(2), June 2011, pp. 194–196, doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2010.00389.x

Bowmont. An Environmental History of the Bowmont Valley and the Northern Cheviot Hills, 10000 BC - AD 2000, by Richard Tipping. Quaternary Science Reviews 30 (19-20), 2839-2840.

Late Quaternary Landscape Evolution of the Swale-Ure Washlands, North Yorkshire, by David Bridgland, Jim Innes, Antony Long and Wishart Mitchell (Eds.). Quaternary Science Reviews (19-20), 2839-2840.

Non-reviewed publications/reports


Jones, A.F., Brewer, P.A., Macklin, M.G., Swain, C.H., Bird, G., Griffiths, H.M. Huband, M. and Yorke, L. (2011): Late Quaternary River Development and Archaeology of the Middle Tywi Valley. Final report for the Dyfed Archaeological Trust Exploration Tywi Project. 97 pp.


Yorke, L.  (2008) Optical Ages of the Late Pleistocene valley fill sequence in the River Tyne, Northumberland, UK.  Quaternary Newsletter, 115, 55-58.  


Yorke, L. (2006) Late Devensian outwash environments in the Tyne Valley: preliminary investigations.  Proceedings of the Cumberland Geological Society, 7(2), 179-183.  


Yorke, L.  (2005) A review of aggregate extraction sites in Northumberland and Cumbria: evaluating their geoarchaeological potential.  Unpublished report to NIAN/English Heritage.  


Passmore, D. G. and Yorke, L.  (2004) Haughton Strother Geoarchaeological Evaluation: Interim Report.  Unpublished report to Wardell Armstrong.

Yorke, L.  (2004)  Haughton Strother: Methodologies employed to identify palaeochannels and landform-sediment assemblages.  In: Haughton Strother: Geomorphological Study, (2004) unpublished report to Wardell Armstrong, pp. 8.  


Yorke, L., McManus, K. B. and Howard, A. J.  (2003) Development of a Geomorphological Risk map for the Valley floor deposits of the River Trent.  Unpublished report to English Heritage.  Downloadable from www.TVG.org.uk

Conference Presentations/invited talks


  • Griffiths, H.M., Yorke, L., Griffiths, S., Halliday, W.H., Historical channel change and sediment dynamics in a heavily managed and protected small catchment: the Afon Dysynni, north Wales, Poster presentation, 8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology, Paris, August 2013.



  • Yorke, L., A 20,000 year journey along the Tyne Valley. Invited. Research Seminar. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

  • Yorke, L., Rumsby, B.T., Lateglacial fluvial activity in a deglaciated catchment: River Tyne Valley, Northumberland (Oral Presentation). QRA Annual Discussion Meeting, Liverpool, UK.



  • Yorke, L., Rumsby, B.T., Lateglacial fluvial activity in an upland basin following deglaciation, River Tyne, Northumberland, UK: drivers, complications and chronology (Poster Presentation). AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.

  • Yorke, L., From Glaciers to lead mining: Lateglacial and Holocene evolution of the Tyne Valley. Invited. 3rd year undergraduate lecture. Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.