Professor Dame Jane Francis is the Director of British Antarctic Survey. In 2017 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (DCMG) in recognition of services to UK polar science and diplomacy. She became Chancellor of the University of Leeds in 2018.
2013-present Director of British Antarctic Survey
2008-2013 Dean, Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds
2004-present Professor of Palaeoclimatology, University of Leeds
2008-2008 Head of School, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds
2003-2004 Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow
1996-2004 Senior Lecturer, Earth Sciences, Leeds University.
1991-1996 Lecturer, Earth Sciences, Leeds University
1986-1991 Post Doctoral Research Associate, Geology Department, Adelaide University, Australia
1984-1986 Palaeobotanist, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge
1982-1984 NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geology/Biology, Bedford College, University London
1979-1982 NERC research student, Geology/Biology, University of Southampton.
My principal research interests are palaeoclimatology and palaeobotany. I specialise in the study of fossil plants, especially woods, and their use as tools for climate interpretation and information about past biodiversity. My current work focuses on understanding past climate change during both greenhouse and icehouse periods, particularly in the polar regions, the areas on Earth most sensitive to climate change.
Polar science expeditions:
- 2009/10 Seymour Island, Antarctica to study Palaeogene biotic evolution and palaeoclimate. NERC funded, supported by the British Antarctic Survey
- 2009 Svalbard, Arctic to study Eocene fossil plants and climates, in collaboration with the University of Svalbard. NERC funded.
- 2009 NERC visit to Canadian High Arctic to visit Resolute Base and other science sites
- 2008 NERC trip to Canadian High Arctic to visit ArcticNet scientists on CCS Amundsen ship in the Beaufort Sea.
- 2007 Seymour Island, Antarctica to study Late Cretaceous sediments and fossils for palaeoclimatic investigations. NERC-AFI funded, supported by the British Antarctic Survey
- 2007 Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) field trip to Svalbard, Arctic for international graduate field trip to study Palaeogene sediments and fossils.
- 2006 Seymour Island, Antarctica to study Late Cretaceous sediments and fossils for palaeoclimatic investigations. NERC-AFI funded, supported by British Antarctic Survey
- 2003 Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica to study Neogene fossil forests and glacial sediments to understand floral and climate evolution. Supported by NSF/University of Dakota.
- 2002 Geology lecturer on tourist ship, Antarctic Peninsula
- 2001 Seymour Island, Antarctica to study Palaeogene fossil plants and climates. NERC-AFI funded, supported by the British Antarctic Survey.
- 1999 Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula to study Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments and fossil wood to determine floral and climate history. NERC funded, supported by the British Antarctic Survey.
- 1993/4 Mt Discovery, Minna Bluff and the Dry Valleys, Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica to study Eocene (50 million year old) climates and environments from fossil wood and sediments. Funded by NSF/University of Nebraska.
- 1990/91 Allan Hills, Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica to study Permian and Triassic (250 million year old) fossil forests and climates. Funded by New Zealand Antarctic Research Programme/Antarctic Research Centre, University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand.
- 1989 Antarctic Peninsula international geology expedition to Antarctic Peninsula. Supported by the British Antarctic Survey.
- 1989 Svalbard, Arctic Norway to study Cretaceous climates and fossil wood. Australian Research Council funding.
- 1988 Ellesmere Island, Canadian High Arctic to study Cretaceous fossil wood and climates. Funded by the Geological Survey of Canada/Australian Research Council.
- 1987 Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere islands, Canadian High Arctic to study Eocene fossil forests and climates. Supported by the Geological Survey of Canada/University of Saskatchewan
- 1986 Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere islands, Canadian High Arctic to study Eocene fossil forests and climates. Funded by the Geological Survey of Canada/University of Saskatchewan
For publications before 2013 see http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/j.francis
Publications from NERC Open Research Archive
Ineson, Jon R., Bowman, Vanessa C., Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame, Francis, Jane E., Whittle, Rowan J. ORCID record for Rowan J. Whittle. (2023) Sequence stratigraphy of a wave-dominated, tidally influenced delta in the Danian of Seymour Island, Antarctica: An integrated sedimentological–palaeoecological approach. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 629. 22 pp. 10.1016/j.palaeo.2023.111789
Tosolini, Anne-Marie P., Cantrill, David J., Korasidis, Vera A., Francis, Jane E.. (2023) Palaeocene high-latitude leaf flora of Antarctica Part 2: Tooth-margined angiosperms. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 314. 20 pp. 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2023.104895
Clifford, Nigel, Hempleman‐Adams, David, Francis, Jane, Cloke, Paul, Sidaway, James, Hannah, David. (2022) Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Medals and Awards celebration 2022 [Speech]. The Geographical Journal, 188. 13 pp. 10.1111/geoj.12464
Galeotti, Simone, Bijl, Peter, Brinkuis, Henk, DeConto, Robert M., Escutia, Carlota, Florindo, Fabio, Gasson, Edward G.W., Francis, Jane, Hutchinson, David, Kennedy-Asser, Alan, Lanci, Luca, Sauermilch, Isabel, Sluijs, Appy, Stocchi, Paolo. (2021) The Eocene-Oligocene boundary climate transition: an Antarctic perspective. In: Florindo, Fabio, Siegert, Martin, De Santis, Laura, Naish, Tim (eds.). Antarctic Climate Evolution 2nd edition, Elsevier, 297-361. 10.1016/B978-0-12-819109-5.00009-8
Falkner, K.K., Francis, J.. (2021) Editorial: ‘No continent is immune, including Antarctica’, but National Antarctic Programmes acted collectively to avert disaster. Antarctic Science, 33. 2 pp. 10.1017/S0954102021000481
Tosolini, Anne-Marie P., Cantrill, David J., Francis, Jane E.. (2021) Paleocene high-latitude leaf flora of Antarctica Part 1: Entire-margined angiosperms. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 285. 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2020.104317
Rees-Owen, Rhian L., Newton, Robert J., Ivanovic, Ruza F., Francis, Jane E., Riding, James B. ORCID record for James B. Riding, Marca, Alina D.. (2021) A calibration of cellulose isotopes in modern prostrate Nothofagus and its application to fossil material from Antarctica. Science of The Total Environment, 754. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142247
McNeill, Lisa, Dugan, Brandon, Petronotis, Katerina, Milliken, Kitty, Francis, Jane, 362 Scientists, the Expedition. (2020) Late Miocene wood recovered in Bengal–Nicobar submarine fan sediments by IODP Expedition 362. Scientific Drilling, 27. 4 pp. 10.5194/sd-27-49-2020
Hughes, Kevin A. ORCID record for Kevin A. Hughes, Carcavilla, Luis, Crame, Alistair ORCID record for Alistair Crame, Díaz-Martínez, Enrique, Elliot, David, Francis, Jane, López-Martínez, Jerónimo, Reguero, Marcelo. (2020) Seymour (Marambio) Island: an outstanding example of Antarctic geological heritage [Editorial]. Antarctic Science, 32. 167-167. 10.1017/S0954102020000267
Siegert, Martin, Haywood, Alan, Lunt, Dan, Van de Flierdt, Tina, Francis, Jane. Florindo, Fabio, Siegert, Martin, De Santis, Laura, Naish, Tim (eds.). (2020) What ancient climates tell us about high carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere. Imperial College London (Imperial College London Grantham Institute Briefing Notes no 13.)
Klages, Johann P., Salzmann, Ulrich, Bickert, Torsten, Hillenbrand, Claus-Dieter ORCID record for Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand, Gohl, Karsten, Kuhn, Gerhard, Bohaty, Steven M., Titschack, Jürgen, Müller, Juliane, Frederichs, Thomas, Bauersachs, Thorsten, Ehrmann, Werner, van de Flierdt, Tina, Pereira, Patric Simões, Larter, Robert D. ORCID record for Robert D. Larter, Lohmann, Gerrit, Niezgodzki, Igor, Uenzelmann-Neben, Gabriele, Zundel, Maximilian, Spiegel, Cornelia, Mark, Chris, Chew, David, Francis, Jane E., Nehrke, Gernot, Schwarz, Florian, Smith, James A. ORCID record for James A. Smith, Freudenthal, Tim, Esper, Oliver, Pälike, Heiko, Ronge, Thomas A., Dziadek, Ricarda. (2020) Temperate rainforests near the South Pole during peak Cretaceous warmth. Nature, 580. 81-86. 10.1038/s41586-020-2148-5
Whittle, Rowan J. ORCID record for Rowan J. Whittle, Witts, James D., Bowman, Vanessa C., Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame, Francis, Jane E., Ineson, Jon. (2019) Nature and timing of biotic recovery in Antarctic benthic marine ecosystems following the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction. Palaeontology, 62. 919-934. 10.1111/pala.12434
Harland, M., Valdes, P., Lunt, D.J., Francis, Jane E., Farnsworth, A., Loptson, C., Beerling, D.J., Markwick, P.J.. (2019) Evaluating northern high-latitude paleoclimate model results using paleobotanical evidence from the Middle Cretaceous. In: Fraticelli, Carmen M., Markwick, Paul J., Martinius, Allard W., Suter, John R. (eds.). Latitudinal controls on stratigraphic models and sedimentary concepts, Va 22101, GeoScience World, 119-133. (Society for Sedimentary Geology. Special Publications, ). 10.2110/sepmsp.108.08
Hall, Joanna L.O., Newton, Robert J., Witts, James D., Francis, Jane E., Hunter, Stephen J., Jamieson, Robert A., Harper, Elizabeth M., Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame, Haywood, Alan M.. (2018) High benthic methane flux in low sulfate oceans: Evidence from carbon isotopes in Late Cretaceous Antarctic bivalves. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 497. 113-122. 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.06.014
Witts, James D., Newton, Robert J., Mills, Benjamin J.W., Wignall, Paul B., Bottrell, Simon H., Hall, Joanna L.O., Francis, Jane E., Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame. (2018) The impact of the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) mass extinction event on the global sulfur cycle: Evidence from Seymour Island, Antarctica. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 230. 17-45. 10.1016/j.gca.2018.02.037
Rees-Owen, Rhian L., Gill, Fiona L., Newton, Robert J., Ivanović, Ruza F., Francis, Jane E., Riding, James B. ORCID record for James B. Riding, Vane, Christopher H. ORCID record for Christopher H. Vane, Lopes dos Santos, Raquel A.. (2018) The last forests on Antarctica: reconstructing flora and temperature from the Neogene Sirius Group, Transantarctic Mountains. Organic Geochemistry, 118. 4-14. 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.01.001
Kennicutt, M.C., Kim, Y.D., Rogan-Finnemore, M., Anandakrishnan, S., Chown, S.L., Colwell, S., Cowan, D., Escutia, C., Frenot, Y., Hall, J., Liggett, D., Mcdonald, A.J., Nixdorf, U., Siegert, M.J., Storey, J., Wåhlin, A., Weatherwax, A., Wilson, G.S., Wilson, T., Wooding, R., Ackley, S., Biebow, N., Blankenship, D., Bo, S., Baeseman, J., Cárdenas, C.A., Cassano, J., Danhong, C., Dañobeitia, J., Francis, J., Guldahl, J., Hashida, G., Corbalán, L. Jiménez, Klepikov, A., Lee, J., Leppe, M., Lijun, F., López-Martinez, J., Memolli, M., Motoyoshi, Y., Bueno, R. Mousalle, Negrete, J., Cárdenes, M.A. Ojeda, Silva, M. Proaño, Ramos-Garcia, S., Sala, H., Shin, H., Shijie, X., Shiraishi, K., Stockings, T., Trotter, S., Vaughan, D.G. ORCID record for D.G. Vaughan, De Menezes, J. Viera Da Unha, Vlasich, V., Weijia, Q., Winther, J.-G., Miller, H., Rintoul, S., Yang, H.. (2016) Delivering 21st century Antarctic and Southern Ocean science. Antarctic Science, 28. 407-423. doi:10.1017/S0954102016000481
Bowman, V., Ineson, J., Riding, J. ORCID record for J. Riding, Crame, J. ORCID record for J. Crame, Francis, J., Condon, D., Whittle, R. ORCID record for R. Whittle, Ferraccioli, F. ORCID record for F. Ferraccioli. (2016) The Paleocene of Antarctica: dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy and implications for the palaeo-Pacific margin of Gondwana. Gondwana Research, 38. 132-148. 10.1016/j.gr.2015.10.018
Hughes, Kevin A. ORCID record for Kevin A. Hughes, Lopez-Martinez, Jeronimo, Francis, Jane E., Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame, Carcavilla, Luis, Shiraishi, Kazuyuki, Hokada, Tomokazu, Yamaguchi, Akira. (2016) Antarctic geoconservation: a review of current systems and practices. Environmental Conservation, 43. 97-108. 10.1017/S0376892915000387
Witts, James D., Whittle, Rowan J. ORCID record for Rowan J. Whittle, Wignall, Paul B., Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame, Francis, Jane E., Newton, Robert J., Bowman, Vanessa C.. (2016) Macrofossil evidence for a rapid and severe Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction in Antarctica. Nature Communications, 7. 10.1038/ncomms11738
Miller, Molly F., Knepprath, Nichole E., Cantrill, David J., Francis, Jane E., Isbell, John L.. (2016) Highly productive polar forests from the Permian of Antarctica. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 441. 292-304. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.06.016
Césari, Silvia N., Panti, Carolina, Pujana, Roberto R., Francis, Jane E., Marenssi, Sergio A.. (2015) The late Oligocene flora from the Río Leona Formation, Argentinian Patagonia. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 216. 143-158. 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2015.01.002
Kennicutt, M.C., Chown, S.L., Cassano, J.J., Liggett, D., Peck, L.S. ORCID record for L.S. Peck, Massom, R., Rintoul, S.R., Storey, J., Vaughan, D.G. ORCID record for D.G. Vaughan, Wilson, T.J., Allison, I., Ayton, J., Badhe, R., Baeseman, J., Barrett, P.J., Bell, R.E., Bertler, N., Bo, S., Brandt, A., Bromwich, D., Cary, S.C., Clark, M.S. ORCID record for M.S. Clark, Convey, P. ORCID record for P. Convey, Costa, E.S., Cowan, D., Deconto, R., Dunbar, R., Elfring, C., Escutia, C., Francis, J., Fricker, H.A., Fukuchi, M., Gilbert, N., Gutt, J., Havermans, C., Hik, D., Hosie, G., Jones, C., Kim, Y.D., Le Maho, Y., Lee, S.H., Leppe, M., Leitchenkov, G., Li, X., Lipenkov, V., Lochte, K., López-Martínez, J., Lüdecke, C., Lyons, W., Marenssi, S., Miller, H., Morozova, P., Naish, T., Nayak, S., Ravindra, R., Retamales, J., Ricci, C.A., Rogan-Finnemore, M., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Samah, A.A., Sanson, L., Scambos, T., Schloss, I.R., Shiraishi, K., Siegert, M.J., Simões, J.C., Storey, B., Sparrow, M.D., Wall, D.H., Walsh, J.C., Wilson, G., Winther, J.G., Xavier, J.C., Yang, H., Sutherland, W.J.. (2015) A roadmap for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science for the next two decades and beyond. Antarctic Science, 27. 3-18. doi:10.1017/S0954102014000674
Little, Crispin T.S., Birgel, Daniel, Boyce, Adrian J., Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame, Francis, Jane, Kiel, Steffen, Peckmann, Jörn, Pirrie, Duncan, Rollinson, Gavyn K., Witts, James D.. (2015) Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) shallow water hydrocarbon seeps from Snow Hill and Seymour Islands, James Ross Basin, Antarctica. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 418. 213-228. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.11.020
Witts, James D., Bowman, Vanessa C., Wignall, Paul B., Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame, Francis, Jane E., Newton, Robert J.. (2015) Evolution and extinction of Maastrictian (Late Cretaceous) cephalopods from the López de Bertodano Formation, Seymour Island, Antarctica. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 418. 193-212. 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.11.002
Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame, Beu, Alain G., Ineson, Jon R., Francis, Jane E., Whittle, Rowan J. ORCID record for Rowan J. Whittle, Bowman, Vanessa C.. (2014) The early origin of the Antarctic Marine Fauna and its evolutionary implications. PLoS One, 9. 22 pp. 10.1371/journal.pone.0114743
Bowman, Vanessa C., Francis, Jane E., Askin, Rosemary A., Riding, James B. ORCID record for James B. Riding, Swindles, Graeme T.. (2014) Latest Cretaceous–earliest Paleogene vegetation and climate change at the high southern latitudes: palynological evidence from Seymour Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 408. 26-47. 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.04.018
Kemp, David B., Robinson, Stuart A, Crame, J. Alistair ORCID record for J. Alistair Crame, Francis, Jane E., Ineson, Jon, Whittle, Rowan J. ORCID record for Rowan J. Whittle, Bowman, Vanessa, O'Brien, Charlotte. (2014) A cool temperate climate on the Antarctic Peninsula during the latest Cretaceous and early Paleogene. Geology, 42. 583-586. 10.1130/G35512.1
Dawson, Martin, Francis, Jane, Carpenter, Rosemary. (2014) New views of plant fossils from Antarctica: a comparison of X-ray and neutron imaging techniques. Journal of Paleontology, 88. 702-707. doi:10.1666/13-124
Crame, Alistair ORCID record for Alistair Crame, Francis, Jane, Robinson, Stuart, Bowman, Vanessa. (2014) Polar predictions. International Innovation.
Howell, Fergus W., Haywood, Alan M., Dolan, Aisling M., Dowsett, Harry J., Francis, Jane E., Hill, Daniel J., Pickering, Steven J., Pope, James O., Salzmann, Ulrich, Wade, Bridget S.. (2014) Can uncertainties in sea ice albedo reconcile patterns of data-model discord for the Pliocene and 20th/21st centuries?. Geophysical Research Letters, 41. 2011-2018. 10.1002/2013GL058872
Loptson, C. A., Lunt, D. J., Francis, J. E.. (2014) Investigating vegetation-climate feedbacks during the early Eocene. Climate of the Past, 10. 419-436. doi:10.5194/cp-10-419-2014
Bowman, Vanessa C., Francis, Jane E., Riding, James B. ORCID record for James B. Riding. (2013) Late Cretaceous winter sea ice in Antarctica?. Geology, 41. 1227-1230. 10.1130/G34891.1
Summerhayes, C.P, Cann, J.R., Wolff, E.W., Larter, R. ORCID record for R. Larter, Lowe, J.J., McCave, I.N., Valdes, P.J., Cohen, A., Francis, J.E., Bilham, N.T.. Fraticelli, Carmen M., Markwick, Paul J., Martinius, Allard W., Suter, John R. (eds.). (2013) Addendum to the Geological Society’s “Statement on Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record”. Geological Society of London
Hill, Daniel J., Haywood, Alan M., Valdes, Paul J., Francis, Jane E., Lunt, Daniel J., Wade, Bridget S., Bowman, Vanessa C.. (2013) Paleogeographic controls on the onset of the Antarctic circumpolar current. Geophysical Research Letters, 40. 5199-5204. 10.1002/grl.50941
Macdonald, David I. M., Francis, Jane. (1992) The potential for Cretaceous coal in Antarctica. In: Fraticelli, Carmen M., Markwick, Paul J., Martinius, Allard W., Suter, John R. (eds.). Controls on the distribution and quality of Cretaceous coals, Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America, 385-396. (Geological Society of America special paper, 267). 10.1130/SPE267-p385
Francis, Jane. (1991) Palaeoclimatic significance of Cretaceous-early Tertiary fossil forests of the Antarctic Peninsula. In: Thomson, M.R.A., Crame, J.A. ORCID record for J.A. Crame, Thomson, J.W. (eds.). Geological evolution of Antarctica. Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, Cambridge, August 1987, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 623-627.
Francis, Jane E.. (1986) Growth rings in Cretacous and Tertiary wood from Antarctica and their palaeoclimatic implications. Palaeontology, 29. 665-684.
Polar Science for a Sustainable Planet: new science strategy
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British Antarctic Survey completes Antarctic field season
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Professor David G Vaughan OBE
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Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica calves giant iceberg
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British Antarctic Survey Director honoured
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New aircraft investment supports polar science
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RRS Sir David Attenborough completes ice trials
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IPCC: Polar scientists welcome Climate Change Assessment
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Global Biodiversity Festival
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BAS staff recognised with Royal Society Fellowships
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Evaluation concludes BAS research is ‘world leading’
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BAS field season underway
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Update on 2020/21 Antarctic field season: responding to COVID-19 pandemic
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Spotlight on equality, diversity and inclusion
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Westminster Energy Forum webinar – UK climate policy
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Traces of rainforests found in West Antarctica
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Ramboll re-awarded Technical Advisor role
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Professor Alan Rodger
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Ship is named with royal ceremony
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Reaffirmed international commitment to Antarctic Treaty
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Midwinter Celebrations in Antarctica
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Marine life recovery following the dinosaurs’ extinction
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Cambridge Science Festival: Woman in Science evening talk
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Honorary appointment for BAS Director
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Raising Horizons: Portraits of women in science
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Raising Horizons Photographic Exhibition – Women in science
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Appointed Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (DCMG) in recognition of services to UK polar science and diplomacy 2017.
Professor Francis is the first woman to have chaired the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting Working Group on Science & Operations and the fourth woman in history to receive the Polar Medal. Since being appointed director of BAS in 2013, she has had a dual role of ensuring UK scientific polar excellence and promoting British sovereign interests in Antarctica. As the first female director of BAS, she has embraced gender diversity and been an inspiration and influential figure in the British scientific establishment. She has also undertaken a wide range of international roles to promote the UK’s polar interests and sits on polar science advisory boards for other countries. As well as spending many years researching geology in the polar regions, Professor Francis has been deeply involved with the Antarctic Treaty – a unique international agreement which protects the world’s largest and most pristine wilderness.
Honorary Degree Doctor of Science, University of Southampton 2018
Honorary Degree Doctor of Science, University of Kent 2018
Honorary Degree Doctor of Science, University of Leeds 2014
Honorary Degree Doctor of Environmental Science University of Plymouth 2014
Coke Medal, Geological Society of London 2014
Explorer Scientist, 100 Leading UK Scientists 2014, The Science Council.
Sorby Medal, Geological Society of Yorkshire 2010
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship 2003-4
Polar Medal 2002. For ‘outstanding contribution to British polar research’. Presented by H.M. Queen.
President’s Award, Palaeontological Society
NSF (US) Antarctic Service Medal and US Navy Antarctic medal
Crame, J., Francis, J.E., Robinson, S., Lunt, D., Ineson, J. 2010-2015. PALEOPOLAR. Impact of global disturbances on the evolution of life in the polar regions during the early Cenozoic. NERC grant. Life and the Planet research programme.
Francis, J.E. Plant evolution and climate change in Antarctica during the Palaeogene. AFI Collaborative Gearing Scheme 2009/10
Francis, J.E. Pirrie, D. and Haywood, A. Terminal Cretaceous climate change and biotic response in Antarctica. 2005-8. NERC/Antarctic Funding Initiative.
Francis, J.E. and Beerling, D.J. Understanding the distribution and ecology of ancient polar forests and their influence on climate. 2002-5. NERC
Francis, J.E. and Cantrill, D.C. Biodiversity response to climate change: biodiversity and climate significance of Tertiary forest communities of Antarctica. 2000-3 NERC grant
Francis, J.E. The use of angiosperm wood anatomy for palaeoclimate analysis: a new technique for determining Cretaceous and Tertiary climates of Gondwana. 1997-1999 NERC grant
Francis, J.E. Palaeoclimates of Antarctica: growth rings in fossil wood. NERC grant
Francis, J.E. Pliocene climates of Antarctica and the onset of Cenozoic glaciation: evidence from fossil plants. University of Leeds Academic Development Fund. 1994-1996.
Francis, J.E. Investigation of ancient Antarctic climates from growth rings in fossil wood. Nuffield Award to Newly-Appointed Science Lecturers. 1992-1994.
- Member, NERC National Capability Partnership Forum
- Scientific Advisory Group, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
- Fellow, Darwin College, Cambridge
- Executive Committee member, European Polar Board
- UK Delegate, Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research SCAR
- Honorary Professor, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds
- Vice President, Palaeontographical Society
- Co-Chair, Working Group on Science and Operations, Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting