BAS Science strategy team

The BAS Science Strategy Team ensures that the organisation delivers world-leading science underpinned by a clear polar science strategy, that science in BAS is well-managed and has funding that is appropriate and secure.

Director of Science David Vaughan during a BAS BMT meeting
Director of Science David Vaughan

Terms of Reference

  • To develop, maintain and implement a science strategy that keeps BAS at the forefront of polar science, meeting the current NERC science strategy and delivering the BAS Vision
  • To ensure the delivery of the BAS science programme, assessing progress, and ensuring excellent scientific outcomes
  • To 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
  • To ensure that BAS leads and participates in scientific initiatives that lead to major advances in knowledge and expertise
  • To identify opportunities and ensure innovation, beneficial contact with stakeholders and to maximise the impact of BAS Science
  • To identify and initiate opportunities to maintain, diversify and increase funding available to BAS science; agreeing any changes or adjustments required ensure the sustainable funding of crucial science activities
  • To monitor performance of BAS’s science, 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
  • To identify, and seek to overcome, impediments to scientific progress; reporting those that cannot be overcome to the BAS Executive
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Peter Convey

Terrestrial Ecologist

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Alistair Crame

Science Leader

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Dominic Hodgson

Senior Sediment Scientist IMP 3

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Richard Horne

Science Leader

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Michael Meredith

Science Leader IMP 2

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Robert Mulvaney

Science Programme Coordinator

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Eugene Murphy

Science Leader

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Lloyd Peck

Physiologist Adaptations Lea IMP 2

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Anna Jones

Science Leader - Senior Tropospheric Chemist


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





Drift orbit bifurcations and cross-field transport in the outer radiation belt: Global MHD and integrated test-particle simulations

17 September, 2021 by Nigel Meredith, Richard Horne, Sarah Glauert

Energetic particle fluxes in the outer magnetosphere present a significant challenge to modelling efforts as they can vary by orders of magnitude in response to solar wind driving conditions. In…

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Historical biogeography of the Gondwanan freshwater genus Boeckella (Crustacea): Timing and modes of speciation in the Southern Hemisphere

14 September, 2021 by Elisabeth Biersma, Jennifer Jackson, Peter Convey

We investigated evolutionary relationships and biogeographical patterns within the genus Boeckella to evaluate (1) whether its current widespread distribution in the Southern Hemisphere is due to recent long-distance dispersal or…

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Sweepstake reproductive success and collective dispersal produce chaotic genetic patchiness in a broadcast spawner

10 September, 2021 by Lloyd Peck, Michael Meredith, Melody Clark

A long-standing paradox of marine populations is chaotic genetic patchiness (CGP), temporally unstable patterns of genetic differentiation that occur below the geographic scale of effective dispersal. Several mechanisms are hypothesized…

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External Morphology of Larvae of Belgica antarctica Jacobs, 1900 (Diptera, Chironomidae) Obtained from Two Locations in Maritime Antarctica

3 September, 2021 by Peter Convey

The external morphology of the fourth-instar larva of the Antarctic endemic chironomid midge Belgica antarctica is described. Larvae were collected from Jougla Point (Wiencke Island) and an un-named island close…

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Utilising IPCC assessments to support the ecosystem approach to fisheries management within a warming Southern Ocean

1 September, 2021 by Eugene Murphy, John Turner, Michael Meredith, Philip Hollyman, Phil Trathan, Rachel Cavanagh, Simeon Hill, Susie Grant

Southern Ocean marine ecosystems are highly vulnerable to climate-driven change, the impacts of which must be factored into conservation and management. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living…

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Frequency-dependent modulation of whistler-mode waves by density irregularities during the recovery phase of a geomagnetic storm

28 August, 2021 by Richard Horne

Density irregularities near the plasmapause are commonly observed and play an important role in whistler-mode wave excitation and propagation. In this study, we report a frequency-dependent modulation event of whistler-mode…

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Interplanetary shock‐induced magnetopause motion: Comparison between theory and global magnetohydrodynamic simulations

18 August, 2021 by Mervyn Freeman, Nigel Meredith, Richard Horne

The magnetopause marks the outer edge of the Earth’s magnetosphere and a distinct boundary between solar wind and magnetospheric plasma populations. In this letter, we use global magnetohydrodynamic simulations to…

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Untangling local and remote influences in two major petrel habitats in the oligotrophic Southern Ocean

12 August, 2021 by Dan Jones, Eugene Murphy, Richard Phillips

Ocean circulation connects geographically distinct ecosystems across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales via exchanges of physical and biogeochemical properties. Remote oceanographic processes can be especially important for…

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Latitudinal patterns in intertidal ecosystem structure in West Greenland suggest resilience to climate change

5 August, 2021 by Jakob Thyrring, Lloyd Peck

Climate change has ecosystem‐wide cascading effects. Little is known, however, about the resilience of Arctic marine ecosystems to environmental change. Here we quantify and compare large‐scale patterns in rocky intertidal…

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Global connectivity of Southern Ocean ecosystems

4 August, 2021 by Chester Sands, David Barnes, Eugene Murphy, Geraint Tarling, Jennifer Jackson, Kevin Hughes, Nadine Johnston, Phil Trathan, Richard Phillips, Rachel Cavanagh, Ryan Saunders, Sally Thorpe

Southern Ocean ecosystems are globally important. Processes in the Antarctic atmosphere, cryosphere, and the Southern Ocean directly influence global atmospheric and oceanic systems. Southern Ocean biogeochemistry has also been shown…

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Exploring the plant environmental DNA diversity in soil from two sites on Deception Island (Antarctica, South Shetland Islands) using metabarcoding

22 July, 2021 by Peter Convey

The few Antarctic studies to date to have applied metabarcoding in Antarctica have primarily focused on microorganisms. In this study, for the first time, we apply high-throughput sequencing of environmental…

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