GIS and Mapping Specialist
I am a GIS and Mapping Specialist and have been working at BAS since 2016. My work involves running a ‘Geospatial Helpdesk’ for BAS, where I produce maps and figures for individual research papers and conferences, offer advice and help where needed, and assist with data analysis on scientific projects. I manage our portfolio of award-winning published maps (see the portfolio here) and I also coordinate the sales of these maps and books for BAS, with the maps being used world-wide for both research and tourism purposes.
I am the Operational Lead for the Antarctic Digital Database (ADD), a role that involves gathering and creating a variety of Antarctic datasets and making them available through an online web map.
My main interests lie in analysing environmental changes within GIS software and using both traditional and modern cartographic techniques to present data in engaging and eye-catching ways.
Before starting work at BAS I completed an MSc in Glaciology and a BSc in Geography and German at Aberystwyth University. My research during my MSc focused on the structural glaciological changes of Larsen C Ice Shelf, using GIS software to analyse satellite and aerial imagery over the past 50 years.
Publications from NERC Open Research Archive
Hughes, Kevin A. ORCID record for Kevin A. Hughes, Boyle, Claire P., Morley-Hurst, Kate, Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish, Colwell, Steve R., Convey, Peter ORCID record for Peter Convey. (2023) Loss of research and operational equipment in Antarctica: Balancing scientific advances with environmental impact. Journal of Environmental Management, 348. 16 pp. 10.1016/j.jenvman.2023.119200
Meredith, Michael P. ORCID record for Michael P. Meredith, Inall, Mark E., Brearley, J. Alexander ORCID record for J. Alexander Brearley, Ehmen, Tobias, Sheen, Katy, Munday, David ORCID record for David Munday, Cook, Alison, Retallick, Katherine, Van Landeghem, Katrien, Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish, Annett, Amber, Carvalho, Filipa ORCID record for Filipa Carvalho, Jones, Rhiannon, Naveira Garabato, Alberto C., Bull, Christopher Y.S., Wallis, Benjamin J., Hogg, Anna E., Scourse, James. (2022) Internal tsunamigenesis and ocean mixing driven by glacier calving in Antarctica. Science Advances, 8. 10 pp. 10.1126/sciadv.add0720
Tarling, Geraint A. ORCID record for Geraint A. Tarling, Belcher, Anna ORCID record for Anna Belcher, Blackwell, Mayleen, Castellani, Claudia, Cook, Kathryn Barbara ORCID record for Kathryn Barbara Cook, Cottier, Finlo R., Dewar-Fowler, Victoria, Freer, Jennifer J. ORCID record for Jennifer J. Freer, Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish, Johnson, Magnus L., Last, Kim S., Lindeque, Penelope Kate, Mayor, Daniel J. ORCID record for Daniel J. Mayor, Parry, Helen E., Stowasser, Gabriele ORCID record for Gabriele Stowasser, Wootton, Marianne. (2022) Carbon and lipid contents of the copepod Calanus finmarchicus entering diapause in the Fram Strait and their contribution to the boreal and Arctic lipid pump. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9. 18 pp. 10.3389/fmars.2022.926462
Tarling, Geraint ORCID record for Geraint Tarling, Abrahamsen, Povl ORCID record for Povl Abrahamsen, Lucas, Natasha ORCID record for Natasha Lucas, Brearley, Alexander ORCID record for Alexander Brearley, Fleming, Andrew ORCID record for Andrew Fleming, Shepherd, Andrew, Liszka, Cecilia ORCID record for Cecilia Liszka, Manno, Clara ORCID record for Clara Manno, Murphy, Eugene ORCID record for Eugene Murphy, Meredith, Michael ORCID record for Michael Meredith, Ratcliffe, Norman ORCID record for Norman Ratcliffe, Braakmann-Folgmann, Anne, Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish. (2022) The birth and death of ‘megaberg’ A68. The Marine Biologist, 22. 25-26.
Braakmann-Folgmann, A., Shepherd, A., Gerrish, L. ORCID record for L. Gerrish, Izzard, J., Ridout, A.. (2022) Observing the disintegration of the A68A iceberg from space. Remote Sensing of Environment, 270. 9 pp. 10.1016/j.rse.2021.112855
Morley, Simon A. ORCID record for Simon A. Morley, Souster, Terri A. ORCID record for Terri A. Souster, Vause, Belinda J., Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish, Peck, Lloyd S. ORCID record for Lloyd S. Peck, Barnes, David K.A. ORCID record for David K.A. Barnes. (2022) Benthic biodiversity, carbon storage and the potential for increasing negative feedbacks on climate change in shallow waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. Biology, 11. 18 pp. 10.3390/biology11020320
Morley, Simon A. ORCID record for Simon A. Morley, Navarro, Jorge M., Ortíz, Alejandro, Détrée, Camille, Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish, González-Wevar, Claudio, Bates, Amanda E.. (2022) Evolutionary constraints on physiology confound range shift predictions of two nacellid limpets. Science of The Total Environment, 806. 11 pp. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150943
Rees, G., Gerrish, L. ORCID record for L. Gerrish, Fox, A. ORCID record for A. Fox, Barnes, R.. (2021) Finding Antarctica’s Pole of Inaccessibility. Polar Record, 57. 6 pp. 10.1017/S0032247421000620
Bamford, C.C.G. ORCID record for C.C.G. Bamford, Kelly, N., Dalla Rosa, L., Cade, D.E., Fretwell, P.T. ORCID record for P.T. Fretwell, Trathan, P.N. ORCID record for P.N. Trathan, Cubaynes, H.C. ORCID record for H.C. Cubaynes, Mesquita, A.F.C., Gerrish, L. ORCID record for L. Gerrish, Friedlaender, A.S., Jackson, J.A. ORCID record for J.A. Jackson. (2020) A comparison of baleen whale density estimates derived from overlapping satellite imagery and a shipborne survey. Scientific Reports, 10. 12 pp. 10.1038/s41598-020-69887-y
Evatt, G.W., Smedley, A.R.D., Joy, K.H., Hunter, L., Tey, W.H., Abrahams, I.D., Gerrish, L. ORCID record for L. Gerrish. (2020) The spatial flux of Earth’s meteorite falls found via Antarctic data. Geology, 48. 5 pp. 10.1130/G46733.1
Cubaynes, Hannah ORCID record for Hannah Cubaynes, Fretwell, Peter ORCID record for Peter Fretwell, Bamford, Connor ORCID record for Connor Bamford, Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish, Jackson, Jennifer ORCID record for Jennifer Jackson. (2019) Whales from space: Four mysticete species described using new VHR satellite imagery. Marine Mammal Science, 35. 466-491. 10.1111/mms.12544
Atkinson, Angus, Hill, Simeon L. ORCID record for Simeon L. Hill, Pakhomov, Evgeny A., Siegel, Volker, Reiss, Christian S., Loeb, Valerie J., Steinberg, Deborah K., Schmidt, Katrin, Tarling, Geraint A. ORCID record for Geraint A. Tarling, Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish, Sailley, Sevrine F.. (2019) Krill (Euphausia superba) distribution contracts southward during rapid regional warming. Nature Climate Change, 9. 142-147. 10.1038/s41558-018-0370-z
Atkinson, Angus, Hill, Simeon L. ORCID record for Simeon L. Hill, 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
Antarctic Digital Database – May 2021 update
Blog 18 May, 2021
BAS mapping data in global collection
News 19 May, 2022
‘Mega iceberg’ releases billions of tonnes of fresh water into ocean
News 20 January, 2022
Updated Mapping Datasets for Antarctica
News 12 May, 2020
New map of Greenland reveals fast-changing environment
News 13 June, 2019
Antarctic krill population contracts southward as polar oceans warm
News 21 January, 2019
Watching whales from space
News 1 November, 2018
New map of South Georgia wins award
News 7 September, 2018