Heather Viles is a geographer with major interests in geomorphology and heritage science. Much of her research focuses on the application of science to heritage conservation. She is currently Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation, Head of the School of Geography and the Environment, Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Art, Heritage and Archaeology, and Honorary Professor at University College London. She obtained an MA in Geography from the University of Cambridge, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Her D.Phil. thesis focused on the role of microorganisms in weathering limestone and was based on fieldwork on Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. After completing her D.Phil. she undertook post-doctoral research on the contribution of acid rain to the deterioration of English cathedrals. Heather was awarded the 2015 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal from the European Geosciences Union for her role in establishing the field of biogeomorphology.
Heather was Chair of the British Society for Geomorphology from 2012 to 2014, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Geomorphologists. From 2008 to 2011, she was Vice-President (Expeditions and Fieldwork) of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG. She was on the advisory panel of the £6.5 million AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme from 2008-2012, and was also a member of the National Heritage Science Strategy steering group co-ordinated by English Heritage and charged with developing a UK-wide Heritage Science Strategy which will shape UK-wide policy over the next 25 years. Heather also represents the University of Oxford as a trustee of the Oxford Preservation Trust. She is also an Associate Researcher at the Oxford Biodiversity Institute.
Over the years, Heather has carried out field-based research in NW Australia, South Africa, Namibia, Washington State, the Atacama Desert in Chile, South Germany, the Sahara Desert in Libya, NW China as well as many places within the UK.
Examples of areas where geomorphology can contribute to the understanding and conservation of cultural and natural heritage. a) Rock art on sandstone in Libya, and b) Sandstone peak forest, Zhangjiajie, China.
Setting up a 2D resistivity transect to measure moisture levels in sandstone, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa (left), and monitoring water permeate into sandstone in Belfast using a Karsten tube (above).
Prof. Viles' research is highly interdisciplinary and involves studies at the interface of geomorphology with ecology, engineering geology, environmental chemistry and materials conservation. In recent years she has focussed on three specific themes in her research, namely:
- Biological contributions to geomorphology;
- Weathering, geomorphology and landscape evolution in extreme environments (hyper-arid, coastal, cold, and Mars); and
- Building stone decay and conservation.
She maintains a strong interest in developing and applying novel techniques and ideas to the study of these themes, including 2D resistivity surveys using Geotom equipment, and the Equotip hardness tester. Heather also has a strong interest in the practical applications of 'green' methods of conserving cultural heritage (using plants, animals and microorganism communities) and linking this to biodiversity conservation.
Heather runs the Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory Group (OxRBL) which has extensive laboratory facilities and a field test site at Wytham Woods near Oxford.
Walls built for the soft capping research project, part of OxRBL's Wytham Woods experimental field site.
In recent years her research has been funded by EPSRC, AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, University of Oxford Fell Fund, Historic England, the Royal Society and NASA.
Selected Research Projects
Prof. Viles was Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2008-2011, during which time the department completely revised its undergraduate course. She contributes to the 'Geomorphology' lecture course of the 'Earth System Processes' core course for Prelims, as well as to the Geographical Research course in the Final Honour School. She also convenes the 'Heritage Science and Conservation' Option and teaches on the 'Desert Landscapes and Dynamics' option.
Heather welcomes applications from students wishing to undertake graduate research in any aspect of biogeomorphology and heritage conservation.
Current Graduate Research Students
Mitigating driving rain to historic buildings: the use of additives in lime-based pointing mortar
Desert rain events: soil moisture and nutrient cycling around dryland plants
|Scott Allan Orr|
'Wet walls': developing 4D moisture monitoring techniques for stone masonry
The role of soil as a method for conserving cultural stone ruins: effects of physical and chemical characteristics on stone weathering
Recent Graduate Research Students (since 2006)
Completed DPhil in 2016
What controls algal greening of sandstone heritage? An experimental approach
|Cristina Cabello Briones|
Completed DPhil in 2016
Effects of open shelters on the preservation of limestone remains at archaeological sites
Completed DPhil in 2016
Heritage stones - understanding deterioration processes by using non-destructive analysis
Completed DPhil in 2015
Heritage conservation and urban revitalization in China
Completed DPhil in 2014
Back to Nature: Geologically informed consolidates for stone museum artefacts
Completed DPhil in 2011
Sandstone weathering, electrical resistivity tomography, and the deterioration of San rock art in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa
Completed DPhil in 2009
Multi-proxy reconstruction of late Quaternary climate dynamics in western Southern Africa.
Completed DPhil in 2007
Developing quantitative techniques for evaluating rock breakdown morphology: a case study of basalt boulders in the channelled scablands, Washington, USA
Completed in 2010
|Dynamics of the transport, distribution and crystallisation of soluble salts in sandstone: implications for conservation of historic buildings. (Registered in RLAHA, Oxford)|
- Goudie, A. and Viles, H. (2015) Landscapes and Landforms of Namibia. Springer. pp. 713. ISBN: 978-94-017-8020-9.
- Goudie, A.S. and Viles, H.A. (2010) Landscapes and Geomorphology: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press. pp. 144. ISBN: 0199565570.
- Bourke, M. and Viles, H.A. (2007) A Photographic Atlas of Rock Breakdown features in Geomorphic Environments. Planetary Science Institute, Tucson. pp. 79.
- Rogers, A. and Viles, H.A. (2003) The student's companion to geography. . 2nd edition.
- Prikryl, R. and Viles, H.A. (2002) Understanding and managing stone decay. The Karolinum Press; Prague.
- Goudie, A.S. and Viles, H.A. (1997) Salt Weathering Hazards. Wiley. pp. 256.
- Viles, H.A. and Spencer, T. (1995) Coastal Problems: Geomorphology, Ecology and Society at the Coast. Hodder Arnold. pp. 360.
- Goudie, A., Kent, P. and Viles, H. (2016) Pan morphology, Distribution and formation in Kazakhstan and Neighbouring areas of the Russian federation. Desert, 21(1).
- Wilhelm, K., Viles, H. and Burke, O. (2016) Low impact surface hardness testing (equotip) on porous surfaces – advances in methodology with implications for rock weathering and stone deterioration research. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
- Wilhelm, K., Viles, H. and Burke, O. (2016) The influence of salt on handheld electrical moisture meters: Can they be used to detect salt problems in porous stone? International Journal of Architectural Heritage.
- Wilhelm, K., Viles, H., Burke, O. and Mayaud, J. (2016) Surface hardness as a proxy for weathering behaviour of limestone heritage: a case study on dated headstones on the Isle of Portland, UK. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75(931): 1-16.
- Arizzi, A., Brummer, M., Martin-Sanchez, I., Cultrone, G. and Viles, H. (2015) The influence of the type of lime on the hygric behavior and bio-receptivity of hemp lime composites used for rendering applications in sustainable new construction and repair works. PLoS (ONE), 10(5). e0125520.
- Arizzi, A., Viles, H., Martín-Sanchez, I. and Cultrone, G. (2015) Predicting the long-term durability of hemp–lime renders in inland and coastal areas using Mediterranean, Tropical and Semi-arid climatic simulations. Science of The Total Environment, 542(A): 757-770.
- Coombes, M.A. and Viles, H.A. (2015) Population-level zoogeomorphology: the case of the Eurasian badger (Meles meles L.). Physical Geography, 36(3): 215-238.
- Cutler, N.A., Chaput, D.L., Oliver, A.E. and Viles, H.A. (2015) The spatial organisation and microbial community structure of an epilithic biofilm. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 91(3): 1-9.
- Gowell, M., Coombes, M.A. and Viles, H.A. (2015) Rock-protecting seaweed? Experimental evidence of bioprotection in the intertidal zone. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 40(10): 1364-1370.
- Migon, P. and Viles, H.A. (2015) Sandstone Geomorphology: Landscape formation, field mapping, research methods. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 59(S1): 1-2.
- Schnepfleitner, H., Sass, O., Fruhmann, S., Viles, H. and Goudie, A. (2015) A multi‐method investigation of temperature, moisture and salt dynamics in tafoni (Tafraoute, Morocco). Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41(4): 473-485.
- Arizzi, A., Cultrone, G., Brummer, M. and Viles, H. (2014) A chemical, morphological and mineralogical study on the interaction between hemp hurds and aerial and natural hydraulic lime particles: Implications for mortar manufacturing. Construction and Building Materials, 75: 375-384.
- Hanssen, S.V. and Viles, H. (2014) Can plants keep ruins dry? A quantitative assessment of the effect of soft capping on rainwater flows over ruined walls. Ecological Engineering, 73: 173-179.
- Mayaud, J.R., Viles, H.A. and Coombes, M.A. (2014) Exploring the influence of biofilm on short-term expansion and contraction of supratidal rock: an example from the Mediterranean. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39(10): 1404-1412.
- Pandey, S.C., Pollard, A.M., Viles, H.A. and Tellam, J.H. (2014) Influence of ion exchange processes on salt transport and distribution in historic sandstone buildings. Applied Geochemistry, 48: 176-183.
- Viles, H.A. (2014) Solar System: Cracking up on asteroids. Nature, 508: 190-191.
- Coombes, M.A., Naylor, L.A., Viles, H.A. and Thompson, R.C. (2013) Bioprotection and disturbance: seaweed, microclimatic stability and conditions for mechanical weathering in the intertidal zone. Geomorphology, 202: 4-14.
- Cutler, N.J., Viles, H.A., Ahmad, S., McCabe, S. and Smith, B.J. (2013) Algal ‘greening’ and the conservation of stone heritage structures. Science of the Total Environment, 442: 152-164.
- Viles, H.A. (2013) Linking weathering and rock slope instability: non-linear perspectives. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38(1): 62-70.
- Viles, H.A. and Goudie, A.S. (2013) Weathering in the central Namib Desert, Namibia: controls, processes and implications. Journal of Arid Environments, 93: 20-29.
- Arizzi, A., Viles, H. and Cultrone, G. (2012) Experimental testing of the durability of lime-based mortars used for rendering historic buildings. Construction and Building Materials, 28(1): 807-818.
- Cutler, N.A., Oliver, A.E., Viles, H.A. and Whiteley, A.S. (2012) Non-destructive sampling of rock-dwelling microbial communities using sterile adhesive tape. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 91(3): 391-398.
- Goudie, A.S. and Viles, H.A. (2012) Weathering and the global carbon cycle: geomorphological perspectives. Earth-Science Reviews, 113(1-2): 59-71.
- Inkpen, R.J., Viles, H.A., Moses, C.A. and Bailey, B. (2012) Modelling the impact of changing atmospheric pollution levels on limestone erosion rates in central London, 1980-2010. Atmospheric Environment, 61: 476-481.
- Inkpen, R.J., Viles, H.A., Moses, C.A., Bailey, B., Collier, P., Trudgill, S.T. and Cooke, R.U. (2012) Thirty years of erosion and declining atmospheric pollution at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Atmospheric Environment, 62: 521-529.
- Naylor, L.A., Coombes, M.A. and Viles, H.A. (2012) Reconceptualising the role of organisms in the erosion of rock coasts: a new model. Geomorphology, 157-158: 17-30.
- Viles, H.A. and Cutler, N.A. (2012) Global environmental change and the biology of heritage structures. Global Change Biology, 18(8): 2406-2418.
- Eklund, J.A., Zhang, H., Viles, H.A. and Curteis, T. (2011) Using handheld moisture meters on limestone: factors affecting performance and guidelines for best practice. International Journal of Architectural Heritage, 7(2): 207-224.
- Hall, C., Hamilton, A., Hoff, W.D. Viles, H.A. and Eklund, J.A. (2011) Moisture dynamics in walls: response to micro-environment and climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 467(2125): 149-212.
- Mol, L. and Viles, H.A. (2011) The role of rock surface hardness and internal moisture in tafoni development in sandstone. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 37(3): 301-314.
- Smith, B.J., Srinivasan, S., McCabe, S., McAllister, D., Cutler, N.A., Basheer, P.A.M. and Viles, H.A. (2011) Climate change and the investigation of complex moisture regimes in heritage stone: preliminary observations on possible strategies. Materials Evaluation, 69(1): 48-58.
- Viles, H.A. (2011) Microbial geomorphology: A neglected link between life and landscape. Geomorphology.
- Viles, H.A., Sternberg, T. and Cathersides, A. (2011) Is ivy good or bad for historic walls? Journal of Architectural Conservation, 17(2): 25-41.
- Cutler, N. and Viles, H. (2010) Eukaryotic microorganisms and stone biodeterioration. Geomicrobiology Journal, 27(6-7): 630-646.
- Mol, L. and Viles, H.A. (2010) Geoelectric investigations into sandstone moisture regimes: Implications for rock weathering and the deterioration of San Rock Art in the Golden Gate Reserve, South Africa. Geomorphology, 118(3-4): 280-287.
- Sass, O. and Viles, H.A. (2010) Wetting and drying of masonry walls: 2D-resistivity monitoring of driving rain experiments on historic stonework in Oxford, UK. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 70(1): 72-83.
- Smith, B.J., McCabe, S., McAllister, D., Adamson, C., Viles, H.A. and Curran, J.M. (2010) A commentary on climate change, stone decay dynamics and the 'greening' of natural stone buildings: new perspectives on 'deep wetting'. Environmental Earth Sciences, 63(7-8): 1691-1700.
- Sternberg, T., Viles, H.A. and Cathersides, A. (2010) Evaluating the role of ivy (Hedera helix) in moderating wall surface microclimates and contributing to the bioprotection of historic buildings. Building and Environment, 46(2): 293-297.
- Sternberg, T., Viles, H.A., Cathersides, A. and Edwards, M. (2010) Dust particulate absorption by ivy (Hedera helix L) on historic walls in urban environments. Science of the Total Environment, 409(1): 162-168.
- Stone, A.E.C., Thomas, D.S.G. and Viles, H.A. (2010) Late Quaternary palaeohydrological changes in the northern Namib Sand Sea: New chronologies using OSL dating of interdigitated aeolian and water-lain interdune deposits. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 288(1-4): 35-53.
- Stone, A.E.C., Viles, H.A., Thomas, L. and van Calsteren, P. (2010) Can 234U-230Th dating be used to date large semi-arid tufas? Challenges from a study in the Naukluft Mountains, Namibia. Journal of Quaternary Science, 25(8): 1360-1372.
- Viles, H.A., Ehlmann, B., Wilson, C.F., Cebula, T., Page, M. and Bourke, M. (2010) Simulating weathering of basalt on Mars and Earth by thermal cycling. Geophysical Research Letters, 37(L18201).
- Viles, H.A., Goudie, A.S., Grab, S. and Lalley, J. (2010) The use of the Schmidt Hammer and Equotip for rock hardness assessment in geomorphology and heritage science: a comparative analysis. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36(3): 320-333.
- Bourke, M., Viles, H., Nicoli, J., Lyew-Ayee, P., Ghent, R. and Holmlund, J. (2008) Innovative applications of laser scanning and rapid prototype printing to rock breakdown experiments. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33(10): 1614-1621.
- Ehlmann, B.L., Viles, H.A. and Bourke, M.C. (2008) Quantitive morphologic analysis of boulder shape and surface texture to infer environmental history: A case study of rock breakdown at the Ephrata Fan, Channeled Scabland, Washington. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113(F02012).
- Viles, H. (2008) Understanding dryland landscape dynamics: do biological crusts hold the key? Geography Compass, 2(3): 899-919.
- Viles, H.A., Naylor, L.A., Carter, N.E. and Chaput, D. (2008) Biogeomorphological disturbance regimes: progress in linking ecological and geomorphological systems. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33(9): 1419-1435.
- Thornbush, M.J. and Viles, H.A. (2007) Simulation of the dissolution of weathered versus unweathered limestone in carbonic acid solutions of varying strength. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 32(6): 841-852.
- Viles, H.A. and Goudie, A.S. (2007) Rapid salt weathering in the coastal Namib desert: implications for landscape development. Geomorphology, 85(1-2): 49-62.
- Viles, H.A., Taylor, M.P., Nicoll, K.N. and Neumann, S. (2007) Facies evidence of hydroclimatic regime shifts in tufa depositional sequences from the arid Naukluft Mountains, Namibia. Sedimentary Geology, 195(1-2): 39-53.
- Lalley, J.S. and Viles, H.A. (2006) Do vehicle track disturbances affect the productivity of soil-growing lichens in a fog desert? Functional Ecology, 20(3): 548-556.
- Lalley, J.S., Viles, H.A., Henschel, J.R. and Lalley, V. (2006) Lichen-dominated soil crusts as arthropod habitat in warm deserts. Journal of Arid Environments, 67(4): 579-593.
- Sass, O. and Viles, H.A. (2006) How wet are these walls? Testing a novel technique for measuring moisture in ruined walls. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 7(4): 257-263.
- Thornbush, M.J. and Viles, H.A. (2006) Changing patterns of soiling and microbial growth on building stone in Oxford, England after implementation of a major traffic scheme. Science of the Total Environment, 367(1): 203-211.
- Carter, N.E.A. and Viles, H.A. (2005) Bioprotection explored: the story of a little known earth surface process. Geomorphology, 67(3-4): 273-281.
- Goudie, A.S., Wright, E. and Viles, H.A. (2005) An experimental investigation of the roles of salt (sodium nitrate) and fog in weathering: the northern Atacama Desert, Chile. Catena, 48(4): 255-266.
- Lalley, J.S. and Viles, H.A. (2005) Terricolous lichens in the Northern Namib desert of Namibia: distribution and community composition. The Lichenologist, 37(1-2).
- Thornbush, M.J. and Viles, H.A. (2005) The changing façade of Magdalen College, Oxford: Reconstructing long-term soiling patterns from archival records and traffic records. Journal of Architectural Conservation, 11(2).
- Viles, H.A. (2005) Microclimate and weathering in the central Namib Desert. Geomorphology, 67(1-2).
- Viles, H.A. (2005) Self-organized or disorganized? Towards a general explanation of cavernous weathering. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 30(11): 1471-1473.
- Viles, H.A., Brearley, A.J., Bourke, M. and Holmlund, J. (2005) What processes have shaped basalt boulders on Earth and Mars? Studies of feature persistence using facet mapping and fractal analysis. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XXXVI, Abstract No. 2237.pdf.
- Carter, N.E.A. and Viles, H.A. (2004) Lichen hotspots: raised rock temperatures beneath Verrucaria nigrescens on limestone. Geomorphology, 62(1-2): 1-16.
- Mulla, E. and Viles, H.A. (2004) A review of the impact of NO2 on stone decay and the relationship found between NO2 concentration and stone soiling rate in a case study in Oxford. The Albanian Journal of Natural and Technical Sciences, 16: 71-80.
- Siegesmund, S., Viles, H.A. and Weiss, T. (2004) Stone decay hazards. Environmental Geology, 46(3-4): 303-526.
- Thornbush, M. and Viles, H.A. (2004) Integrated digital photography and image processing for the quantification of colouration on soiled limestone surfaces in Oxford, England. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 5(3): 285-290.
- Viles, H.A. and Goudie, A.S. (2004) Biofilms and case hardening on sandstones from Al-Quwayra, Jordan. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 29(12): 1473-1485.
- Antill, S.J. and Viles, H.A. (2003) Examples of the use of computer simulation as a tool for stone weathering research. Building and Environment, 38(9-10): 1243-1250.
- Carter, N.E.A. and Viles, H.A. (2003) Experimental investigations into the interactions between moisture, rock surface temperatures and an epilithic lichen cover in the bioprotection of limestone. Building and Environment, 38(9-10): 1225-1234.
- Thompson, M., Wilkins, S.J., Compton, R.G. and Viles, H.A. (2003) Channel flow cell studies on the evaluation of surface pretreatments using phosphoric acid or polymaleic acid for calcite stone protection. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 259(2): 338-345.
- Thompson, M., Wilkins, S.J., Compton, R.G. and Viles, H.A. (2003) Polymer coatings to passivate calcite from acid attack: polyacrylic acid and polyacrylonitrile. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 260(1): 204-210.
- Turkington, A.V., Martin, E., Viles, H.A. and Smith, B.J. (2003) Surface change and decay of sandstone samples exposed to a polluted urban atmosphere over a six-year period: Belfast, Northern Ireland. Building and Environment, 38(9-10): 1205-1216.
- Viles, H.A. (2003) Conceptual modelling of the impacts of climate change on karst geomorphology in the UK and Ireland. Journal for Nature Conservation, 11(1): 59-66.
- Viles, H.A. and Gorbushina, A.A. (2003) Soiling and microbial colonization on urban roadside limestone: A three year study in Oxford, England. Building and Environment, 38(9-10): 1217-1224.
- Viles, H.A. and Goudie, A.S. (2003) Interannual, decadal and multidecadal scale climatic variability and geomorphology. Earth Science Reviews, 61(1-2): 105-131.
- Viles, H.A. and Wild, L.S. (2003) Building Stone Decay: Observations, Experiments and Modeling. Building and Environment, 39(9-10): 1089-1260. (guest editors).
- Naylor, L.A. and Viles, H.A. (2002) A new technique for evaluating short-term rates of coastal bioerosion and bioprotection. Geomorphology, 47(1): 31-44.
- Naylor, L.A., Viles, H.A. and Carter, N.E.A. (2002) Biogeomorphology revisited: Looking towards the future. Geomorphology, 47(1): 3-14.
- Spencer, T. and Viles, H.A. (2002) Bioconstruction, bioerosion and disturbance on coral reefs and rocky carbonate coasts. Geomorphology, 48(1-3): 23-50.
- Stretch, R. and Viles, H.A. (2002) Lichen weathering on Lanzarote lava flows. Geomorphology, 47(1): 87-94.
- Viles, H.A. and Naylor, L.A. (2002) Biogeomorphology special issue. Geomorphology, 47(1): 1-94. (guest editors).
- Viles, H.A., Taylor, M.P., Yates, T.J.S. and Massey, S.W. (2002) Soiling and decay of NMEP limestone tablets. Science of the Total Environment, 292(3): 215-229.
- Wilkins, S.J., Compton, R.G., Viles, H.A. and Taylor, M.P. (2002) A new technique to evaluate and quantify modified solution kinetics of calcareous materials after sulfuric acid pre-treatment and urban exposure. Studies in Conservation, 47: 88-94.
- Trudgill, S.T., Viles, H.A., Inkpen, R.J., Moses, C.A., Gosling, W., Yates, T., Collier, P., Smith, D.I. and Cooke, R.Y. (2001) Twenty year remeasurements at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 26: 1129-1142.
- Viles, H.A. (2001) Scale issues in weathering studies. Geomorphology, 41: 63-72.
- Wilkins, S.J., Compton, R.G. and Viles, H.A. (2001) The effect of surface pre-treatment with polymaleic acid, phosphoric acid or oxalic acid on the dissolution kinetics of calcium carbonate in aqueous acid. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 26: 378-385.
- Wilkins, S.J., Compton, R.G., Taylor, M.A. and Viles, H.A. (2001) Channel flow cell studies of the inhibiting action of gypsum on the dissolution kinetics of calcite: A laboratory approach with implications for field monitoring. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 236(2): 354-361.
- Goudie, A. and Viles, H. (2015) Vegetation, Fauna and Humans. In, Goudie, S. and Viles, H.A. (eds.) Landscapes and Landforms of Namibia. Springer. Commissioned by World Geomorphological Landscapes 2015. pp. 47-51. ISBN: 978-94-017-8020-9.
- Viles, H.A. (2013) Microbioerosion and Bioconstruction. In, Schroder, J.F. (ed.) Treatise on Geomorphology (Volume 12). Elsevier Inc. pp. 261-270. ISBN: 978-0-08-088522-3.
- Viles, H.A. (2013) Synergistic Weathering Processes. 4.2 in, Schroder, J. F. (ed.) Treatise on Geomorphology (Volume 4). Elsevier. pp. 12-26. ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-08-088522-3.
- Mol, L. and Viles, H. (2012) Conserving History in Changing Arid Environments: a Geomorphological Approach. 11. in, Mol, L. and Sternberg, T. (eds.) Changing Deserts: Integrating People and Their Environment. White Horse Press, Cambridge. 346 pp. ISBN: 978-1-874267-69-0.
- Viles, H.A. (2011) Biogeomorphology. In, Gregory, K.J. and Goudie, A.S. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology. SAGE, London. pp. 246-259. ISBN: 9781412929059.
- Viles, H.A. (2011) Physical geography in a changing world: helping to integrate conservation of cultural heritage, geodiversity and biodiversity. In, Fassmann, H. and Glade, T. (eds.) Geographie für eine Welt im Wandel. Vienna University Press, Vienna. pp. 37-52. ISBN: 978-3-89971-912-3.
- Viles, H.A. (2011) Weathering systems. Chapter 6 in, Thomas, D.S.G. (ed.) Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, 3rd Edition. . 648 pp. ISBN: 9780470519080.
- Gomez-Heras, M., Smith, B.J. and Viles, H.A. (2010) Oxford stone revisited. Chapter 10 in, Prikryl, R. (ed.) Natural Stone Resources for Historical Monuments. Geological Society, London. pp. 101-110. ISBN: 978-1-86239-291-5. GSL Special Publications.
- Sass, O. and Viles, H.A. (2010) Two-dimensional resistivity surveys of the moisture contents of historic limestone walls in Oxford, UK: implications for understanding catastrophic stone deterioration. In, Limestone in the Built Environment: Present-day Challenges for the Preservation of the Past. Geological Society, Special Publication 331. pp. 237-250. ISBN: 9781862392946.
- Smith, B.J., Gomez-Heras, M. and Viles, H.A. (2010) Underlying issues on the selection, use and conservation of building limestone. In, Limestone in the Built Environment: Present-day Challenges for the Preservation of the Past. Geological Society, Special Publication 331. pp. 1-13. ISBN: 9781862392946.
- Goudie, A.S and Viles, H.A. (2008) Weathering processes and forms. Chapter 5 in, Burt, T.P., Chorley, R.J., Brunsden, D., Cox, N.J. and Goudie, A.S. (eds.) The History of the Study of Landforms or the Development of Geomorphology, Vol. 4: Quaternary and Recent Processes and Forms (1890-1965) and the Mid-Century Revolutions. The Geological Society, London. pp. 129-164.
- Thornbush. M.J. and Viles, H.A. (2007) Photo-based decay mapping of replaced stone blocks on the boundary wall of Worcester College, Oxford. In, Prikryl, R. and Smith, B.J. (eds.) Building stone decay: from diagnosis to conservation. Geological Society Special Publication, 271. . pp. 69-75.
- Viles, H.A. and Wood, C. (2007) Green walls? Integrated laboratory and field testing fo the effectiveness of soft wall capping in conserving ruins. In, Prikryl, R. and Smith, B.J. (eds.) Building stone decay: from diagnosis to conservation. Geological Society Special Publication, 271. . pp. 309-322.
- Smith, B.J. and Viles, H.A. (2006) Rapid, catastrophic decay of building limestones: Thoughts on causes, effects and consequences. In, Fort, R. et al (ed.) Heritage, weathering and conservation. Taylor and Francis, London. pp. 191-198.
- Thornbush, M.J. and Viles, H.A. (2006) Use of portable x-ray fluorescence for monitoring elemental concentrations in surface units on roadside stone at Worcester College, Oxford. In, Fort, R., Alvarez de Buergo, M., Gomez-Heras, M. and C. Vazquez-Calvo (eds.) Heritage, weathering and conservation. Routledge. pp. 613-620. ISBN: 978-0-415-41272-8.
- Viles, H. and Pentecost, A. (2006) Tufa and travertine. Chapter 6 in, Nash, D.J. and McLaren, S.J. (eds.) Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes. Blackwell Publishing. 488 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4051-2519-2.
- Thornbush, M.J. and Viles, H.A. (2005) Use of portable X-ray fluorescence for monitoring elemental concentrations in surface units on roadside stone at Worcester College, Oxford. In, Fort, R. et al (ed.) Heritage, weathering and conservation. Taylor and Francis, London. pp. 613-620.
- Viles, H.A. (2005) A divided discipline? In, N. Rogers, A. and Sherman, D. (eds.) Questioning Geography. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Viles, H.A. (2005) Can stone decay be chaotic? In, Turkington, A.V. (ed.) GSA Special Publication, Stone Decay in the Architectural Environment. . pp. 11-16.
- Mottershead, D.N. and Viles, H.A. (2004) Experimental studies of rock weathering by plant roots: Updating the work of Julius Sachs (1832-1897). In, Mitchell, D.J. and Searle, D.E. (eds.) Stone deterioration in polluted urban environments. Science Publishers Inc, Plymouth.
- Thornbush, M.J. and Viles, H.A. (2004) Surface soiling patterns detected by integrated digital photography and image processing on exposed limestone in Oxford, England. In, Saiz-Jimenez, C. (ed.) Air pollution and cultural heritage. London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 221-224.
- Viles, H.A. (2003) 'The writing's on the walls': On style, substance and selling physical geography. Chapter 12 in, Trudgill, S.T. and Roy, A. (eds.) Contemporary Meanings in Physical Geography: From What to Why?. Edward Arnold.
- Viles, H.A. (2002) Implications of future climate change for stone deterioration. In, Siegesmund, S., Vollbrecht, S.A. and Weiss, T. (eds.) Natural stone, weathering phenomena, conservation strategies and case studies. Special Publication 205. Geological Society of London. pp. 407-418.
- Viles, H.A., Groves, C. and Wood, C. (2002) Soft wall capping experiments. In, John Fidler (ed.) English Heritage Research Transactions. Stone. pp. 59-73.
Other Academic Publications
- Fusade, L., Viles, H., Wood, C. and Rushton, N. (2015) What makes a good repointing mortar for damp towers?, Characterisation of the hydric properties of lime-based mortars. Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA)
- Heslop, E.E.M., Viles, H.A. and Bourke, M.C. (2004) Understanding rock breakdown on Earth and Mars: Geomorphological concepts and facet mapping methods. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference XXXV, Abstract No. 1445