My research is concerned with modelling ocean processes surrounding Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. Oceanographic instruments have been deployed underneath Larsen C and seismic surveys of the ice shelf and cavity below it have been undertaken to provide ground breaking data concerning the environment beneath this ice shelf. My PhD aims to use this data to build an accurate model of Larsen C and simulate ocean circulation below it to determine whether basal melting is causing the ice shelf to thin and understand what consequences this may have for future collapse.
Prior to this, I graduated with a MPhys, BSc in Physics from the University of Leeds where my research projects focused on condensed matter physics. During my undergraduate studies I also took part in a NERC research experience placement which contributed to the international Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project. This project sought to assess the climate’s response to elevated levels of atmospheric CO2, taking into account long term feedback mechanisms such as vegetation and ice sheet coverage. I am interested in applying my skills to climate research as making predictions about our changing climate is a vital tool to aid the mitigation of future climate change.