Email: aa962(*_at_*)

About Me


School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom



PhD 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) and inverse modelling.

Dr. Antonio Abellan joined the University of Leeds in 2018 as Lecturer in Engineering Geology & Geohazars. He was a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge) during the previous two years, and did a prolonged postdoctoral research & teaching assistant position at the Risk Analysis Group of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Antonio holds an adjunct assistant professorship in the department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering (Queens University, Canada) and was appointed as guest professor at Eichstätt University (Germany) in 2014.

Antonio has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals dealing with Engineering Geology, Landslides, Remote Sensing and Natural Hazards. He has responsibilities on the Editorial Board of Computers & Geosciences journal (Elsevier) and was invited / guest editor in an special issue of Remote Sensing journal. He has been the main applicant and co-applicant in several projects successfully funded by Science Foundations at European and National levels in the Switzerland, Spain and the UK. He has been part of the organizing and scientific committee of multiple workshops and conferences, presenting his research outcomes in more than 35 conferences, symposiums and invited talks.

Antonio gained his European Doctorate at the University of Barcelona in 2009, with prolonged research stays in leading European Institutions (Durham University, United Kingdom and University of Lausanne, Switzerland). He was awarded with an MSc in Engineering Geology at the University of Alicante (1st class honours), were he obtained an extraordinary award to the 2nd-highest-ranking student at national level.



  • 2009 | PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2003 | BSc + MSc in Engineering Geology, University of Alicante (Spain) – First Class Honours

Research projects, awards and fellowships

  • 2016 | Marie Curie Research project: H2020 Program (main applicant)
  • 2015 | Scientific Expedition: Herbette Foundation (co-applicant)
  • 2014 | Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (co-applicant)
  • 2012 – 2014 | Research project: Swiss National Science Foundation (co-applicant)
  • 2013 | Summer School: 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
  • 2004 | Teaching assistant: University of Barcelona
  • 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
  • 2001 | Teaching Assistant Fellowship University of Alicante


Research interests:

I’m interested in investigating gravity driven instabilities, both in rock and in icy media, in order to predict the occurrence of (catastrophic) Rock Slope Failures (RSF). To do so, my current research interests range from the use of high resolution techniques and methods for 3D experimental data collection (remote sensing techniques, Structure-from-motion, new dynamic sensors, etc.), to the development of innovative algorithms for the characterization, monitoring and modelling of progressive failures, including the influence of external forces (precipitation) on the dynamics of the phenomena. I’m fluent in different languages (English, French, Spanish and Catalan) and highly motivated in learning and developing new 4D research methods and techniques. Also, I love outdoors sports, photography, nature and most importantly, I am married with a wonderful woman and our family is growing up… that’s great ! ^^

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