The importance of communicating science, the value of art-science collaborations and the vulnerability of the Greenland Ice Sheet are the main topics of my radio interview at Monocle24 - listen to it here...
In collaboration with Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Proudfoot Media and I have produced a documentary film explaining the latest research into the surprising hidden biology shaping Earth's ice. The story is told by young UK Arctic scientists with contributions from guests including astronaut Chris Hadfield and biologist Jim Al-Khalili. We went to great lengths to … Continue reading Ice Alive: Uncovering the secrets of Earth’s Ice
As an Arctic scientist I am privileged to be able to explore the coldest parts of our planet, making observations and measurements and helping others to understand how these areas function by writing papers and giving talks, lectures and writing for magazines and newspapers. But to truly understand an environment, we must also explore … Continue reading Ice Alive: An audiovisual exploration of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Here are some links to magazine articles from the past month featuring write-ups from our 2017 ice-caving expedition (mostly in Italian) The Purist The Purist 2 Press Reader El pais More on this expedition soon!
I recently published an article in French pop-sci magazine La Recherche about the wondrous microbial ecosystems on glaciers and ice sheets (here for French speakers). For those English speakers who do not subscribe to la Recherche, here is a translation. Also, I strongly recommend the excellent translator who worked on this article with me - … Continue reading La Recherche Article: The microbes accelerating glacier melting
Our recent ice caving expedition to the Greenland Ice Sheet was featured briefly in The Guardian this week. More info on this trip coming soon! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/22/the-eco-guide-to-the-new-mindful-activism
Our new discussion paper, led by Black and Bloom PDRA Andrew Tedstone, examines in detail why there is a stripe of dark, fast-melting ice on the Greenland Ice Sheet, particularly in the south-west. This 'dark zone' is clearly visible in satellite imagery of the Greenland Ice Sheet and is important because darker ice melts faster. … Continue reading New TCD paper: Dark ice on Greenland Ice Sheet
I'm very pleased to report our new paper is now in open discussion in The Cryosphere. The paper presents a new model for predicting the spectral bioalbedo of snow and ice, which confirms that ice algae on ice surfaces can change its colour and by doing so enhance its melt rate ("bioalbedo"). We also used … Continue reading Bioalbedo: new model and TCD paper
The Western Park Museum recently got in touch to talk about their excellent Arctic World exhibition. I know the museum well as it is a two-minute stroll across the park from my office in Sheffield, so I was really pleased to offer some thoughts. The idea was to produce a new book ('Everyday Wonders: 50 … Continue reading Weston Park Museum: Everyday Wonders
I had the pleasure of talking to science journalist Rhiannon Russell about life on ice, and she wrote an article about it... Link here This follows on from another article on the same site by Black and Bloom PI Martyn Tranter, link here Thanks Rhiannon!