Andrew Goudie was at the School of Geography, Oxford University, from 1970 to 2003, became Fellow of Hertford College in 1976, and was appointed Professor of Geography and Head of Department in 1984. In October 2003 he became Master of St Cross College, Oxford. He has been an Honorary Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society, Executive Secretary and Chairman of the British Geomorphological Research Group, a member of the Council of the Institute of British Geographers, and President of the Geographical Association. He has also been President of the International Association of Geomorphologists. In 1991 he was awarded the Founders' Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Mungo Park medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. In 2002 he received a medal from the Royal Academy of Belgium and was awarded a DSc by Oxford. In 2007 he was awarded the Geological Society of America's Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research. His main research interests include the geomorphology of deserts, climatic change, environmental archaeology and the impact of humans on the environment. He has worked extensively in southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Namibia) and the Middle East, including Oman, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, and in the USA. In 2008 he published `Wheels Across the Desert - Exploration of the Libyan Desert by Motorcar 1916-1942', which was also produced by Silphium Books.