Head of Polar Data Centre
I am responsible for the UK Polar Data Centre which is the focal point for Arctic and Antarctic environmental data management in the UK. The data centre comprises a team of data managers that manage biological, marine, physical and geophysical data collected in polar regions and supports UK researchers in complying with national and international data legislation and policy. I am the UK representative on the SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management.
I have over 20 years experience using Oracle RDBMS, SQL, Oracle form and report tools, and more recently Application Express to design web front ends to Oracle databases both for data entry and data retrieval. Some of the databases and interfaces I have developed include:
- The Antarctic Plant Database – a database of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic plant specimens;
- Krillbase – a database of krill abundances and length frequencies;
- Higher Predator Monitoring data – a database of long-term higher predator monitoring data conducted by the British Antarctic Survey at a variety of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic localities including data on population size, breeding success, diet and weight;
- Rothera Oceanographic and Biological Time Series data – a database of long-term measurements of sea ice, temperature, salinity, chlorophyll, pH and macronutrients (N, P, Si) in the water column at Ryder Bay, Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula.
2018- present Head of the UK Polar Data Centre, British Antarctic Survey
2004-2018 Senior data manager (band 5), British Antarctic Survey
1993-2004 Data manager (band 6), British Antarctic Survey
1989-1993 Reasearch Assistant, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of York
1989-1992 D. Phil, University of York, Thesis entitled: Ecological Flora Database of the British Isles
1988-1989 MSc Information Studies, University of Sheffield
1984-1987 BSc Biology, University of York
Publications from NERC Open Research Archive
Waluda, Claire M., Hill, Simeon L., Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat, Trathan, Philip N.. (2017) Long term variability in the diet and reproductive performance of penguins at Bird Island, South Georgia. Marine Biology, 164. 10.1007/s00227-016-3067-8
Atkinson, Angus, Hill, Simeon L., Pakhomov, Evgeny A., Siegel, Volker, Anadon, Ricardo, Chiba, Sanae, Daly, Kendra L., Downie, Rod, Fielding, Sophie ORCID record for Sophie Fielding, Fretwell, Peter ORCID record for Peter Fretwell, Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish, Hosie, Graham W., Jessopp, Mark J., Kawaguchi, So, Krafft, Bjørn A., Loeb, Valerie, Nishikawa, Jun, Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat, Reiss, Christian S., Ross, Robin M., Quetin, Langdon B., Schmidt, Katrin, Steinberg, Deborah K., Subramaniam, Roshni C., Tarling, Geraint A. ORCID record for Geraint A. Tarling, Ward, Peter. (2017) KRILLBASE: a circumpolar database of Antarctic krill and salp numerical densities, 1926–2016. Earth System Science Data, 9. 193-210. doi:10.5194/essd-9-193-2017
Tarling, G.A. ORCID record for G.A. Tarling, Hill, S., Peat, H. ORCID record for H. Peat, Fielding, S. ORCID record for S. Fielding, Reiss, C., Atkinson, A.. (2016) Growth and shrinkage in Antarctic krill Euphausia superba is sex-dependent. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 547. 61-78. 10.3354/meps11634
Afanasyev, Vsevolod, Buldyrev, S.V., Dunn, Michael ORCID record for Michael Dunn, Robst, Jeremy, Preston, Mark, Bremner, Steven, Briggs, Dirk, Brown, Ruth, Adlard, Stacey, Peat, Helen ORCID record for Helen Peat. (2015) Increasing accuracy: a new design and algorithm for automatically measuring weights, travel direction and radio frequency identification (RFID) of penguins.. PLoS One, 10. 10.1371/journal.pone.0126292
Horswill, Catharine ORCID record for Catharine Horswill, Matthiopoulos, Jason, Green, Jonathan A., Meredith, Michael P. ORCID record for Michael P. Meredith, Forcada, Jaume ORCID record for Jaume Forcada, Peat, Helen ORCID record for Helen Peat, Preston, Mark, Trathan, Phil N., Ratcliffe, Norman. (2014) Survival in macaroni penguins and the relative importance of different drivers: individual traits, predation pressure and environmental variability. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83. 1057-1067. 10.1111/1365-2656.12229
Purvis, O.W., Convey, P. ORCID record for P. Convey, Flowerdew, M.J., Peat, H.J. ORCID record for H.J. Peat, Najorka, J., Kearsley, A.. (2013) Iron localization in Acarospora colonizing schist on Signy Island. Antarctic Science, 25. 24-30. doi:10.1017/S0954102012000582
Waluda, Claire M., Hill, Simeon L., Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat, Trathan, Philip N.. (2012) Diet variability and reproductive performance of macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus at Bird Island, South Georgia. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 466. 261-274. 10.3354/meps09930
Terauds, Aleks, Chown, Steven L., Morgan, Fraser, Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat, Watts, David J., Keys, Harry, Convey, Peter ORCID record for Peter Convey, Bergstrom, Dana M.. (2012) Conservation biogeography of the Antarctic. Diversity and Distributions, 18. 726-741. 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2012.00925.x
Fretwell, Peter T. ORCID record for Peter T. Fretwell, Convey, Peter ORCID record for Peter Convey, Fleming, Andrew H. ORCID record for Andrew H. Fleming, Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat, Hughes, Kevin A.. (2011) Detecting and mapping vegetation distribution on the Antarctic Peninsula from remote sensing data. Polar Biology, 34. 273-281. 10.1007/s00300-010-0880-2
Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat, Clarke, Andrew ORCID record for Andrew Clarke, Convey, Peter ORCID record for Peter Convey. (2007) Diversity and biogeography of the Antarctic flora. Journal of Biogeography, 34. 132-146. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2006.01565.x
Trathan, P.N., Green, C., Tanton, J., Peat, H. ORCID record for H. Peat, Poncet, J., Morton, A.. (2006) Foraging dynamics of macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus at South Georgia during brood-guard. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 323. 239-251. doi:10.3354/meps3232339
Newsham, K.K. ORCID record for K.K. Newsham, Geissler, P.A., Nicolson, M.J., Peat, H.J. ORCID record for H.J. Peat, Lewis-Smith, R.I.. (2005) Sequential reduction of UV-B radiation in the field alters the pigmentation of an Antarctic leafy liverwort. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 54. 22-32. doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2004.05.006
Convey, Peter ORCID record for Peter Convey, Block, William, Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat. (2003) Soil arthropods as indicators of water stress in Antarctic terrestrial habitats?. Global Change Biology, 9. 1718-1730. 10.1046/j.1529-8817.2003.00691.x
Quayle, Wendy C., Convey, Peter ORCID record for Peter Convey, Peck, Lloyd S. ORCID record for Lloyd S. Peck, Ellis-Evans, Cynan J., Butler, Helen G., Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat. (2003) Ecological responses of maritime Antarctic lakes to regional climate change. Antarctic Research Series, 79. 159-170.
Quayle, Wendy C., Peck, Lloyd S. ORCID record for Lloyd S. Peck, Peat, Helen ORCID record for Helen Peat, Ellis-Evans, J.C., Harrigan, P. Richard. (2002) Extreme responses to climate change in Antarctic lakes. Science, 295. 645-645. 10.1126/science.1064074
Newsham, K.K. ORCID record for K.K. Newsham, Hodgson, D.A. ORCID record for D.A. Hodgson, Murray, A.W.A., Peat, H.J. ORCID record for H.J. Peat, Smith, R.I. Lewis. (2002) Response of two Antarctic bryophytes to stratospheric ozone depletion. Global Change Biology, 8. 972-983. 10.1046/j.1365-2486.2002.00509.x
George, Alison L., Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat, Buma, Anita G.J.. (2002) Evaluation of DNA dosimetry to assess ozone-mediated variability of biologically harmful radiation in Antarctica. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 76. 274-280. 10.1562/0031-8655(2002)076<0274:EODDTA>2.0.CO;2
Rozema, J., Noordijk, A.J., Broekman, R.A., van Beem, A., Meijkamp, B.M., de Bakker, N.V.J., van de Staaij, J.W.M., Stroetenga, M., Bohncke, S.J.P., Konert, M., Kars, S., Peat, Helen ORCID record for Helen Peat, Smith, R.I.L., Convey, Peter ORCID record for Peter Convey. (2001) (Poly)phenolic compounds in pollen and spores of antarctic plants as indicators of solar UV-B: a new proxy for the reconstruction of past solar UV-B?. Plant Ecology, 154. 9-26. doi:10.1023/A:1012913608353
Convey, P. ORCID record for P. Convey, Smith, R.I.L., Hodgson, D.A. ORCID record for D.A. Hodgson, Peat, H.P. ORCID record for H.P. Peat. (2000) The flora of the South Sandwich Islands, with particular reference to the influence of geothermal heating. Journal of Biogeography, 27. 1279-1295. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2699.2000.00512.x
Convey, P. ORCID record for P. Convey, Smith, R.I.L., Peat, H.J. ORCID record for H.J. Peat, Pugh, P.J.A.. (2000) The terrestrial biota of Charcot Island, eastern Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica: an example of extreme isolation. Antarctic Science, 12. 406-413. doi:10.1017/S095410200000047X
Peat, Helen J. ORCID record for Helen J. Peat. (1998) The Antarctic Plant Database: a specimen and literature based information system. Taxon, 47. 85-93.
Peat, H.J. ORCID record for H.J. Peat. (1997) Botany, plant ecology and the environment. In: Information sources in the life sciences, London, Bowker Saur, 247-257.