BAS Science Strategy Executive Group

The responsibility of Science Strategy Executive Group is to provide oversight and strategic direction for the BAS Science Directorate. In particular, to focus on issues that affect the long-term delivery of a world-class, sustainable science programme.

Specific responsibilities of SSEG are to:

  • work collegiately to deliver solutions to strategic issues for the benefit of all BAS Science and the organisation as a whole;
  • take responsibility to develop, implement, and maintain a science strategy that keeps BAS at the forefront of polar science, meeting the current NERC science strategy and delivering the BAS Vision;
  • ensure the delivery of the BAS science programme, assessing progress, and ensuring excellent scientific outcomes;
  • ensure that BAS leads and participates in scientific initiatives that lead to major advances in knowledge and expertise;
  • foster a vibrant and fertile intellectual environment within BAS, in which all scientists are challenged to develop bold and exciting scientific ideas, and to develop their personal and professional skills;
  • identify opportunities and ensure innovation, beneficial contact with stakeholders, and maximise the impact of BAS Science;
  • identify and initiate opportunities to maintain and increase funding within BAS Science, and maintain a sustainable funding plan;
  • agree any changes or adjustments required to ensure the sustainable funding and overall delivery of crucial science activities;
  • monitor performance of BAS’s science portfolio, and ensure its scientists perform in line with the expectations of BAS and NERC, highlighting and praising excellence, and where required, implementing measures to improve performance;
  • identify, and seek to overcome, impediments to scientific progress; reporting those that cannot be overcome to the BAS Executive.

Chair: Dr Anna Jones, Director of Science

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Dominic Hodgson

Interim Director of Science

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Richard Horne

Science Leader - IMP 1

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Michael Meredith

Science Leader IMP 2

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Anna Jones

Director of Science

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Alistair Crame

Science Leader

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Lloyd Peck

Physiologist Adaptations Lea IMP 2

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Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley

Director of Innovations and Impact

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Mags Clark

Head of Future Financial Strategy

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Martin Collins

Marine Ecologist and UKs CCAMLR Scientific Rep

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Louise Sime

IDP Science Leader IMP 3

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Tracy Moffat-Griffin

Science Leader

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Geraint Tarling

Science Leader IMP 3

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Scott Hosking

Environmental Data Scientist

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Martin Rogers

Machine Learning Research Scientist

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Mervyn Freeman

Science Leader


BAS wins National Capability Funding

12 September, 2018

The British Antarctic Survey has been awarded National Capability funds for polar science which will strengthen UK national security, resilience, economic growth and societal benefit






Long‐Term Variability and Tendencies in Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere Winds From Meteor Radar Observations Over Esrange (67.9°N, 21.1°E)

16 April, 2024 by Ramesh Karanam, Tracy Moffat-Griffin

Long-term variabilities of monthly zonal (U) and meridional winds (V) in northern polar mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT, ∼80–100 km) are investigated using meteor radar observations during 1999–2022 over Esrange…

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Long-term Variability and Tendencies in Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere Winds from Meteor Radar Observations Over Esrange (67.9°N, 21.1°E)

16 April, 2024 by Ramesh Karanam, Tracy Moffat-Griffin

Long-term variabilities of monthly zonal (U) and meridional winds (V) in northern polar mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT, ∼80–100 km) are investigated using meteor radar observations during 1999–2022 over Esrange…

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Testing the resilience, physiological plasticity and mechanisms underlying upper temperature limits of Antarctic marine ecto-therms

29 March, 2024 by Elaine Fitzcharles, Lloyd Peck, Melody Clark, Rebecca Smith, Rose Stainthorp, Simon Morley

Antarctic marine ectotherms live in the constant cold and are characterised by limited resilience to elevated temperature. Here we tested three of the central paradigms underlying this resilience. Firstly, we…

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Observing change in pelagic animals as sampling methods shift: the case of Antarctic krill

8 March, 2024 by Alison Cleary, Anna Belcher, Cecilia Liszka, Eugene Murphy, Geraint Tarling, Jaume Forcada, Nadine Johnston, Philip Trathan, Ryan Saunders, Simeon Hill, Sophie Fielding

Understanding and managing the response of marine ecosystems to human pressures including climate change requires reliable large-scale and multi-decadal information on the state of key populations. These populations include the…

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Chorus wave power at the strong diffusion limit overcomes electron losses due to strong diffusion

27 February, 2024 by Richard Horne, Sarah Glauert, Thomas Daggitt

Earth’s radiation belts consist of high-energy charged particles trapped by Earth’s magnetic field. Strong pitch angle diffusion of electrons caused by wave-particle interaction in Earth’s radiation belts has primarily been…

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Southward migration of the zero-degree isotherm latitude over the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Peninsula: cryospheric, biotic and societal implications

20 February, 2024 by Lloyd Peck

The seasonal movement of the zero-degree isotherm across the Southern Ocean and Antarctic Peninsula drives major changes in the physical and biological processes around maritime Antarctica. These include spatial and…

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Evaporative controls on Antarctic precipitation: an ECHAM6 model study using innovative water tracer diagnostics

13 February, 2024 by Alison McLaren, Louise Sime, Qinggang Gao, Thomas Bracegirdle

Improving our understanding of the controls on Antarctic precipitation is critical for gaining insights into past and future polar and global environmental changes. Here we develop innovative water tracing diagnostics…

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