2013-present Ocean/Ice Modeller in the Polar Oceans team
2012-2013 College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Geography, Homerton College, Cambridge
2012-2013 Institute Associate at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
2009-2012 Research Associate (Permafrost Changes in the Arctic), Scott Polar Research Institute, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
2011-2012 College Research Associate, Jesus College, University of Cambridge
2008-2009 International Polar Year Research Fellow (Arctic Synoptic Basin-wide Oceanography), Environmental Systems Science Centre, University of Reading
2004-2008 Ph.D. (Numerical Modelling of Sediment Delivery from Tidewater Glaciers to the Marine Environment), Scott Polar Research Institute, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
1999-2003 MPhys. Physics with Astrophysics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds (1st Class)
My current research involves using the MITgcm model to simulate the ocean beneath the Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf. I am investigating the controls on sub-ice shelf ocean circulation and the impact on ice shelf melt rates.
I am also interested in ice-ocean interaction in Greenland, glacial meltwater plumes and iceberg dynamics and melt.
Mugford, R.I., P. Christoffersen, J.A. Dowdeswell (2012), “Evaluation of the ERA-Interim reanalysis for modelling permafrost on the North Slope of Alaska”, Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost, Salekhard, Russia, vol. 1, 271-276 (154MB).
Seale, A., Christoffersen, P., Mugford, R.I. and M. O’Leary (2011), “Ocean forcing of the Greenland Ice Sheet: Calving fronts and patterns of retreat identified by automatic satellite monitoring of eastern outlet glaciers”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(F03013), doi:10.1029/2010JF001847.
Mugford, R.I. and J.A. Dowdeswell (2011), “Modeling glacial plume dynamics and sedimentation in high-latitude fjords”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(F01023) doi:10.1029/2010JF001735.
Zuo H., Mugford, R.I., Haines K. and G. Smith (2011), “Assimilation impacts on Arctic Ocean circulation, heat and freshwater budgets”, Ocean Modelling, 40(2), 147-163, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2011.08.008.
Christoffersen, P., Mugford, R.I., Heywood, K.J., Joughin, I., Dowdeswell, J.A, Syvitski, J.P.M., Luckman, A. and T.J. Benham (2011), “Warming of waters in an East Greenland fjord prior to glacier retreat: mechanisms and connection to large-scale atmospheric conditions”, Cryosphere, 5(3), 701-714, doi:10.5194/tc-5-701-2011.
Mugford, R.I. and J.A. Dowdeswell (2010), “Modeling iceberg-rafted sedimentation in high-latitude fjord environments”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115(F03024), doi:10.1029/2009JF001564.
Mugford, R.I. (2008), “Numerical Modelling of Sediment Delivery from Tidewater Glaciers to the Marine Environment”, Ph.D. Thesis, Scott Polar Research Institute, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (42MB).
Dowdeswell, J.A., Evans, J., Mugford, R., Griffiths, G., McPhail, S., Millard, N., Stevenson, P. Brandon, M.A., Banks, C., Heywood, K.J., Price, M.R., Dodd, P.A., Jenkins, A., Nicholls, K.W., Hayes, D., Abrahamsen, E.P., Tyler, P., Bett, B., Jones, D., Wadhams, P., Wilkinson, J.P., Stansfield, K. and S. Ackley (2008), “Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and investigations of the ice-ocean interface: deploying the Autosub AUV in Antarctic and Arctic waters”, Journal of Glaciology, 54(187), 661-672.
Mugford, R.I. and G.F. Lane-Serff (2007), “Sedimentation from buoyant jets by Gregory F. Lane-Serff and Terry J. Moran (vol 131, p166, 2005)”, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering – ASCE, 133(4), 462.
Merrison J., Jensen J., Kinch K., Mugford R. and P. Nørnberg (2004), “The electrical properties of Mars analogue dust”, Planetary and Space Science, 52(4), 279-290.
Dyer C.S., Truscott P.R., Sanderson C., Watson C., Peerless C.L., Knight P., Mugford R., Cousins T. and R. Noulty (2000), “Radiation environment measurements from CREAM and CREDO during the approach to solar maximum”, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 47(6), 2208-2217.
Dyer C.S., Sanderson C., Mugford R., Watson C. and C. Peerless (2000), “Radiation environment of the microelectronics and photonics test bed as measured by CREDO-3”, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 47(3), 481-485.
Naughten, Kaitlin, Jenkins, Adrian, Holland, Paul, Mugford, Ruth, Nicholls, Keith, Munday, Dave. (2019) Modelling the influence of the Weddell Polynya on the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf cavity. Journal of Climate. 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0203.1