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 IMP 3

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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 - IMP 1

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Michael Meredith

Science Leader IMP 2

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Robert Mulvaney

Science Programme Coordinator

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Samuel Hall

SDA Digital Twin Manager

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Anna Jones

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





Survivors and colonizers: Contrasting biogeographic histories reconciled in the Antarctic freshwater copepod Boeckella poppei

1 December, 2022 by Elisabeth Biersma, Jennifer Jackson, Peter Convey

Two main hypotheses have been proposed to explain the contemporary distribution of Antarctic terrestrial biota. We assess whether the current distribution of maritime Antarctic populations of the freshwater copepod Boeckella…

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Drainage and refill of an Antarctic Peninsula subglacial lake reveal an active subglacial hydrological network

30 November, 2022 by Dominic Hodgson, Peter Fretwell, Tom Jordan, Teal Riley

The presence of subglacial lakes and subglacial hydrological networks under the East and West Antarctic ice sheets is now relatively well understood, whilst their influence on ice dynamics is the…

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Horizon scanning for potential invasive non-native species across the United Kingdom Overseas Territories

28 November, 2022 by David Barnes, Jonathan Shanklin, Kevin Hughes, Peter Convey

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are recognized as a major threat to island biodiversity, ecosystems, and economies globally. Preventing high-risk INNS from being introduced is the most cost-effective way to avoid…

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Cryptic fungal diversity revealed by DNA metabarcoding in historic wooden structures at Whalers Bay, Deception Island, maritime Antarctic

26 November, 2022 by Peter Convey

We provide the first assessment of fungal diversity associated with historic wooden structures at Whalers Bay (Heritage Monument 71), Deception Island, maritime Antarctic, using DNA metabarcoding. We detected a total…

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Complete distribution of the genus Laevilitorina (Littorinimorpha: Littorinidae) in the Southern Hemisphere: remarks and natural history

2 November, 2022 by Peter Convey

Littorinid snails are present in most coastal areas globally, playing a significant role in the ecology of intertidal communities. Laevilitorina is a marine gastropod genus distributed exclusively in the Southern…

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Modeling the effects of drift shell splitting in two case studies of simultaneous observations of substorm-driven Pi1B and IPDP-type EMIC waves

1 October, 2022 by Mark Clilverd, Richard Horne

Intervals of Pulsations of Diminishing Periods (IPDPs) are a subtype of Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron (EMIC) waves that can be triggered by substorm onset. Pi1B waves are Ultra Low Frequency (ULF)…

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