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Antonio Abellan MSc, PhD Eng

Antonio Abellan MSc, PhD Eng

Research Fellow (H2020 - Marie Curie)

Engineering Geologist interested in monitoring, modelling and predicting gravity-driven instabilities in rock and ice cliffs using high resolution 3D remote sensing techniques (LiDAR, UAV, time-lapse photogrammetry).

Antonio is actively collaborating with leading research groups in Switzerland, Norway, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada and Germany, including PhD and/or MSc supervision. He has been part of the organizing and scientific committee of several national and international conferences, his research outcomes include 30 publications in peer-reviewed ISI journals and more than 50 peer-reviewed publications (e.g. book chapters, extended conference proceedings, etc.). Antonio has participated in more than 35 conferences, workshops, symposiums and invited talks and he has been recently nominated as associate editor at Computers & Geosciences journal (Elsevier).
During his project, Antonio will be working with Poul Christoffersen's group, PI of the ERC Consolidator Grant (H2020) "Resolving subglacial properties, hydrological networks and dynamic evolution of ice flow on the Greenland Ice Sheet (RESPONDER)".



  • 2016-2018 | Marie Curie Research Fellow | University of Cambridge (UK)
  • 2015-present | Adjunct assistant professor | Queens University (Canada) | Non-stipend
  • 2014-2016 | Junior Lecturer | University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • 2014 | Guest professor | Eichstätt University (Germany)
  • 2009-2013 | Post-doc researcher | University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • 2004-2009 | PhD Student & undergraduate teaching assistant | University of Barcelona (Spain)


  • 2009 | PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Barcelona (Spain) - Magna cum Laude | European Mention
  • 2003 | BSc + MSc in Engineering Geology, University of Alicante (Spain) - First Class Honours

Research projects, awards and fellowships

  • 2016 | Marie Curie Research project: EU H2020 Program (main applicant)
  • 2015 | Scientific Expedition: Herbette Foundation (co-applicant)
  • 2012-2014 | Research project: Swiss National Science Foundation (co-applicant)
  • 2013 | Summer School Travel Award: Landslide Modelling & Early Warning Systems
  • 2011-2012 | Research project: Swiss National Science Foundation (co-applicant)
  • 2009 | Academic award: PhD Thesis European Mention
  • 2007 | PhD Mobility Fellowship: hosting institution: Univ. Lausanne
  • 2006 | PhD Mobility Fellowship: hosting institution: Host: Univ. Durham
  • 2004-2008 | PhD Fellowship: Spanish Ministry of Science & Education
  • 2004 | European Geosciences Union Travel Award
  • 2003 | Prize: Second-highest-ranking student at national level
  • 2003 | Mobility fellowship, University of Barcelona
  • 2003 | Academic award: First Class Honours during MSc + BSc studies
  • 2002 | Seneca Mobility Fellowship, undergraduate Spanish Ministry Science


During my Marie Curie research project at SPRI, I will explore analogies between glacier calving and rockfall processes. Ice failures on glacier termini show very similar fingerprints to Rock-slope failure (RSF) processes, nevertheless, progressive failures on glacier fronts occur at a much higher rate than that observed on mountain cliffs, which may lead to the latter being used as a proxy for investigating the occurrence of RSF in Alpine areas.


Selected publications


Teaching and mentoring experience related both with remote sensing techniques (LiDAR, photogrammetry, geo-computing, geomorphometry, digital terrain analysis and image treatment) and with earth surface processes (natural hazards, applied geology, geomorphology, fieldwork investigations, modelling)