Lynne Frostick

Lynne Elizabeth Frostick (born 2 February 1949) is a chartered British geographer and geologist. She was a Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Hull until 2014.

Her research interests include sediment and flow dynamics in rivers and estuaries and the interdisciplinary problems associated with waste. The physical modelling facility she has developed at The Deep is part of the EU HYDRALAB project.

Her activities outside of the university have included a seat on the editorial board of The Geographical Journal and chairing the government's Expert Group for Women in STEM. Frostick is on the chair[clarification needed] of the British Society for Geomorphology. She is a member of the government's science careers expert group. In 2009 she received a UKRC Women of Outstanding Achievement Award. Frostick has published over one hundred papers and books, crossing disciplines including physics, mathematics and hydraulic engineering. She is currently a board member on the Environment Agency Board for Flood and Risk Coastal Risk Management. The Agency Board takes a cohesive approach to environmental protection and maintenance in England. Frostick applies her background in geology and environmental science to promote the well-being of others and the environment.


Frostick was educated at Dartford Grammar School for Girls for Secondary School from 1960 to 1966. She then attended the University of Leicester (BSc Geology, 1970), and completed her PhD in 1975 at the University of East Anglia with a thesis entitled "Sediment Studies in the Deben Estuary, Suffolk, England". She has a background in environmental science, which paved the way for her interest in geology and geography.


Frostick's first job was a dosen at Birkbeck, University of London from 1974 to 1987. She was a senior lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London from 1987 to 1990. She was then a senior lecturer at the University of Reading until 1996.

In addition to her academic accomplishments, she was a member of the North East Regional Environmental Protection Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2006. Frostick established her position as a leading woman in geology by being the first female Honorary Secretary from 1988 to 1991, She was the second female president of the geological Society of London from 2008 to 2010.

She is currently working on "Human Impact and Channel shifting in Iran/Iraq".[clarification needed]

When Frostick was an undergraduate in 1967, plate tectonic theory wasn't being taught at the time. So, to explain the geological phenomenon of seafloor spreading, she was instead taught about eugeosynclines and miogeosynclines. Though she knew it did not fully explain the theory she did not give up on geology, and when the plate tectonic theory came to light, she knew the missing piece had been found. In the book In our time: The companion to the Radio 4 Series, Frostick goes in-depth about stochastic models and how they help predict where earthquakes might happen because of stress building up and increased seismic activity. However, she points out that we cannot say for sure when an earthquake will happen because it is quite difficult and it would shift from a stochastic model to a deterministic model.

When she was one of the six women awarded with "Women of Outstanding Achievement" in 2009, she stated that she was proud to be awarded in a male dominated field but wanted men to be better engaged. She also spoke about how women are forced to choose between family and career, and that since men don't have to make that choice, women shouldn't either. Known as the environmental superwoman of Hull, she waited until she was awarded with her promotions before she and her husband started a family.

She appeared in the documentary Ancient Apocalypse, offering her geological expertise on whether Sodom and Gomorah was actually possible based on rock displacements.


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