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Professor Martin J SiegertB.Sc.(R'dg), Ph.D.(Cantab.), FRSE

Martin Siegert

Professor Martin J SiegertB.Sc.(R'dg), Ph.D.(Cantab.), FRSE

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Research interests

In research, I am supported by NERC research grants in which I am PI totalling over £10M. My research interests are within the broad fields of Glaciology and Quaternary Science. I lead two specific areas of research, detailed below, which have given me a noticeable international profile. I have published in leading international journals, including six papers in Nature, one in Science, two in Nature Geoscience, and ten in Geophysical Research Letters, and have given numerous invited lectures.


(1) Direct Measurement and Sampling of Antarctic subglacial lakes. I am the Principal Investigator, and Programme Chair, of the UK Subglacial Lake Ellsworth exploration programme; a NERC consortium involving over thirty scientists from nine UK Universities and research institutes. This programme aims to directly measure and sample Subglacial Lake Ellsworth to identify life in this extreme environment and acquire records of ice and climate change. While the first attempt to explore the lake was unsuccessful in December 2012, the Cosnortium is building plans to redesign the experiment ahead of a second field season in a few years time.


(2) Radio-echo sounding of the Antarctic ice sheet. I am the UK PI on a UK-US-Australian-French programme named ICECAP, which has acquired over 140,000 km of geophysical flight data in East Antarctica in the last four seasons, revealing evidence of former significant ice-sheet oscillations. I am also the PI on a NERC-funded programme, in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey and four other UK Universities, which acquired over 40,000 km of geophysical data in a previously unexplored part of West Antarctica, revealing a major new deep subglacial basin at the edge of the ice sheet.

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