I am a PhD student joint between BAS and the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) of Cambridge University. My supervisors are Dr Gareth Marshall (BAS) and Dr Gareth Rees (SPRI). I am investigating how snow cover in Fennoscandia will be affected by climate change over the next century. For this, it is important to understand how snow cover has been changing over the past few decades and so in the first part of my project I undertook a case study of snow cover in the Kola Peninsula in Russia. This work was done in collaboration with Moscow State University and the Polar-Alpine Botanical Garden-Institute. I am now focussing on modelling end-century snow cover over Northern Fennoscandia using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model forced with CMIP5 data.
For my undergraduate degree, I studied for an integrated masters in natural sciences, specialising in geological sciences, at Cambridge University.
Grants and prizes
Faculty of Geography – Lomonosov Moscow State University
Polar-Alpine Botanical Garden-Institute, Apatity
Vignols, R.M., Valentine, A.M., Finlayson, A.G., Harper, E.M., Schöne, B.R., Leng, M.J., Sloane, H.J. and Johnson, A.L., 2018. Marine climate and hydrography of the Coralline Crag (early Pliocene, UK): Isotopic evidence from 16 benthic invertebrate taxa. Chemical Geology.
Vignols, Rebecca M., Marshall, Gareth J., Rees, W. Gareth, Zaika, Yulia, Phillips, Tony, Blinova, Ilona. (2019) Assessing snow cover changes in the Kola Peninsula, Arctic Russia, using a synthesis of MODIS snow products and station observations. The Cryosphere Discussions. 1-33. 10.5194/tc-2019-9
Marshall, Gareth J., Kivinen, Sonja, Jylha, Kirsti, Vignols, Rebecca M., Rees, W.G.. (2018) The accuracy of climate variability and trends across Arctic Fennoscandia in four reanalyses. International Journal of Climatology, 38. 3878-3895. 10.1002/joc.5541
Marshall, Gareth J., Vignols, Rebecca M,, Rees, W.G.. (2016) Climate change in the Kola Peninsula, Arctic Russia, during the last 50 years from meteorological observations. Journal of Climate, 29. 6823-6840. 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0179.1