Current Research

PhD in Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences (Glaciology), University of Edinburgh.

Expected completion date: September 2017.

Project title: ‘The nature and dynamics of ice stream beds: assessing their role in ice sheet stability’

Supervisors: Dr. Robert Bingham (U. of Edinburgh), Dr. Matteo Spagnolo (U. of Aberdeen), Dr. Alastair Graham (U. of Exeter), Prof. David Vaughan (British Antarctic Survey).

Previous Education

2011-2012 MSc Quaternary Science (Distinction), Royal Holloway, University of London and University College London, UK.

2006-2009 BSc (Hons) Environmental Hazards (First Class), University of Brighton, UK.

Fieldwork Experience

I have participated in two Antarctic field seasons as a member of the iSTAR science traverse of Pine Island Glacier in the Amundsen Sea region of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. I have experience in the following data acquisition techniques:

  • Ground penetrating radar.
  • Active seismic reflection surveys.
  • Neutron scattering snow density profiling.
  • Shallow ice core drilling (50 m).
  • Shallow hot water drilling (20 m).
  • Differential GPS (including construction of GPS stations).
Conference Talks and Poster Presentation


Scottish Parliament and Universities Knowledge Exchange Seminar (invited speaker). Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, UK.


‘Bedform signature and sediment properties of a 20th century grounding line beneath Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica from high-resolution AUV data’ (Poster). AGU Fall Meeting 2016, San Fransisco, USA.

‘High-resolution basal topography and sediment properties beneath Pine Island Ice Shelf from autonomous underwater vehicle surveys’ (Oral presentation). IGS Symposium on interactions of ice sheets and glaciers with the ocean. Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA.


‘Temporal changes in basal conditions beneath Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica from repeat radar surveys’ (Oral presentation). IGS Symposium on Contemporary Ice-Sheet Dynamics. Cambridge, UK.


‘High resolution bed topography beneath the trunk and tributaries of Pine Island Glacier from ice-penetrating radar’. (Poster). IGS international symposium on contribution of glaciers and ice sheets to sea-level change. Chamonix, France.


‘Radar-derived high-resolution 3D basal topography of Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica.’ (Oral presentation). SAGES Scottish Universities Research in Glacial Environments (SURGE) meeting, University of Glasgow.

Teaching Experience
  • Physical Geography (Tutor)
  • Environmental Sensitivity & Change (Tutor)
  • Geomorphology (Tutor & demonstrator)
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography (Demonstrator)
  • Global Tectonics & the Rock Cycle (Demonstrator)
  • Field Skills for Earth Surface Scientists (Demonstrator)
Professional Memberships
  • International Glaciological Society (IGS).
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU).
  • British Geophysical Association (arm of the Royal Astronomical Society).
  • Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).
  • Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES).
Grants & awards
  • Scottish Alliance for Geoscience Environment & Society (SAGES) Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchange (PECRE) grant £3000
Courses & Workshops

2016: “Making your research matter” ClimateXChange workshop, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

2014: Karthaus Summer School on Ice Sheets and Glaciers in the Climate System. Karthaus, Italy.

2014: Subglacial processes workshop. Center for Ice & Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Other experience

The Scottish Parliament: RCUK Policy Internship, Jan-April 2017.

I was successful at gaining a placement at the Scottish Parliament as through the Research Councils UK policy internship programme. During this placement I worked in the Health Environment and Europe research unit in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). My duties included:

  • Producing a research briefing
  • answering Enquiries from Members of Scottish Parliament and their staff
  • providing a petition briefing
  • organising and speaking at an academic knowledge exchange seminar for MSPs and their staff.

Links to briefings I published during this placement are listed below:

SPICe Briefing SB 17-22 Drug Misuse

Petition Briefing PE 1637 on prevention of ship-to-ship oil transfers and trust port accountability