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Research interests

I am a glaciologist, with primary research interests in the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets, investigated through the use of numerical ice sheet models and satellite remote sensing data.

Working as a member of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM), I contribute to the UK's national capability in ice sheet modelling and to the UKESM's TerraFIRMA project, exploring the potential for rapid changes and tipping points in the dynamics of the Earth's ice sheets.

I have also taught on a range of undergraduate and master's units in the School of Geographical Sciences, on topics such as glaciology, climate change and risk, statistics and scientific programming.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at Northumbria University working on the NSFGEO-NERC joint-funded project "A new mechanistic framework for modelling rift processes in Antarctic ice shelves", implementing new techniques for representing brittle ice fracture processes in numerical models.

My background is in physics, which I studied at the University of Manchester. I then undertook a PhD at the University of Bristol, supervised by Professor Jonathan Bamber and Professor Hilmar Gudmundsson. My research examined the role that ice shelves play in controlling the dynamics of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, with a particular focus on the Larsen C Ice Shelf.


Education/Academic qualification

MPhys(Hons) Physics, University of Manchester

Award Date: 26 Jun 2017

External positions

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research


  • Glaciology
  • Antarctica
  • Numerical modelling


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