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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James Crame

Science Leader

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Fausto Ferraccioli

Science Leader

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Dominic Hodgson

Senior Sediment Scientist IMP 3

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Paul Holland

Shelf Seas Group Leader

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Richard Horne

Science Leader

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John King

Senior Atmospheric Scientist

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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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Ali Teague

Postgraduate Student Coordinator

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David Vaughan

Director of Science


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





Deciphering mollusc shell production: The roles of genetic mechanisms through to ecology, aquaculture and biomimetics

1 December, 2020 by Lloyd Peck, Melody Clark, Tejaswi Yarra

Most molluscs possess shells, constructed from a vast array of microstructures and architectures. The fully formed shell is composed of calcite or aragonite. These CaCO3 crystals form complex biocomposites with…

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Continuous moulting by Antarctic krill drives major pulses of carbon export in the north Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean

27 November, 2020 by Clara Manno, Eugene Murphy, Geraint Tarling, Gabriele Stowasser, Sally Thorpe, Sophie Fielding

Antarctic krill play an important role in biogeochemical cycles and can potentially generate high-particulate organic carbon (POC) fluxes to the deep ocean. They also have an unusual trait of moulting…

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Molecular comparison among three Antarctic endemic springtail species and description of the mitochondrial genome of Friesea gretae (Hexapoda, Collembola)

27 November, 2020 by Peter Convey

Springtails and mites are the dominant groups of terrestrial arthropods in Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems. Their Antarctic diversity includes a limited number of species, which are frequently endemic to specific regions…

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Inhibitory effects of climate change on the growth and extracellular enzyme activities of a widespread Antarctic soil fungus

24 November, 2020 by Kevin Newsham, Marta Misiak, Peter Convey

Temperatures approaching or exceeding 20 °C have been measured during summer in polar regions at the surfaces of barren fellfield soils under cloudless skies around solar noon. However, despite the…

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An evaluation of surface meteorology and fluxes over the Iceland and Greenland Seas in ERA5 reanalysis: The impact of sea ice distribution

20 November, 2020 by Alexandra Weiss, John King, Thomas Lachlan-Cope

The Iceland and Greenland Seas are a crucial region for the climate system, being the headwaters of the lower limb of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Investigating the atmosphere–ocean–ice processes…

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DNA metabarcoding to assess the diversity of airborne fungi present over Keller Peninsula, King George Island, Antarctica

7 November, 2020 by Peter Convey

We assessed fungal diversity present in air samples obtained from King George Island, Antarctica, using DNA metabarcoding through high-throughput sequencing. We detected 186 fungal amplicon sequence variants (ASVs) dominated by…

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Optimisation of biodegradation conditions for waste canola oil by cold-adapted Rhodococcus sp. AQ5-07 from Antarctica

1 November, 2020 by Peter Convey

Background: The potential waste canola oil-degrading ability of the cold-adapted Antarctic bacterial strain Rhodococcus sp. AQ5-07 was evaluated. Globally, increasing waste from food industries generates serious anthropogenic environmental risks that…

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A century of coping with environmental and ecological changes via compensatory biomineralization in mussels

28 October, 2020 by Lloyd Peck, Luca Telesca

Accurate biological models are critical to predict biotic responses to climate change and human‐caused disturbances. Current understanding of organismal responses to change stems from studies over relatively short timescales. However,…

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A new approach to constructing models of electron diffusion by EMIC waves in the radiation belts

28 October, 2020 by Emma Woodfield, Johnathan Ross, Nigel Meredith, Richard Horne, Sarah Glauert

Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron (EMIC) waves play an important role in relativistic electron losses in the radiation belts through diffusion via resonant wave‐particle interactions. We present a new approach for calculating…

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