Who?

Here you will find brief information on each of the project members. For more detailed information please visit our individual university website pages using the links providing.

Professor Dan Charman

Dan Charman is the lead academic on the project and an expert in peatland environments and the study of past changes in climate.  His research has traditionally focussed on the more temperate regions where peatlands occur, studying their role in carbon cycling and storage as well as their use as archives of past climate and environmental information.  Dan pioneered the use of testate amoebae as a method to study past hydrological change.   His trip to Antarctica on the 2012 field season for this project was his first experience south and resulted in several thousand photographic memories!

Dr Dominic Hodgson

Dominic Hodgson is a sediment scientist at the British Antarctic Survey and has been working on Antarctic projects since 1991.  His area of expertise is studying natural changes in climate, ice sheets, sea levels and ecosystems of Antarctica using the records found in various lake, marine and terrestrial deposits.  Dom visited the Antarctic Peninsula on the fieldwork for this project in 2012 and was also a member of the Lake Ellsworth project team.

Professor Pete Convey

Pete Convey is a terrestrial ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey and is a very experienced polar scientist (15 summers and one winter in Antarctica and six Arctic trips, either field expeditions to Svalbard or teaching periods).  Amongst other research interests he works on the evolution and life history strategies of Antarctic terrestrial biota, using Antarctic ecosystems as models to identify the past and future global consequences of climate change and the integration of biological and physical research disciplines.

Professor Howard Griffiths

Howard Griffiths is a plant physiological ecologist at the University of Cambridge and his fieldwork experiences have tended to be in the warmer Caribbean climes of Trinidad.  Howard’s research interests are broad ranging across molecular, physiological and environmental processes which regulate plant productivity.  Along with Antarctic mosses, Howard’s lab also works on bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) from the tropical montane (cloud) forests of South America and in both systems uses stable isotope analysis to investigate past and future climatic impacts.

Dr Jessica Royles

Jessica Royles is a research scientist working at the British Antarctic Survey and the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge on Antarctic moss.  The cold, harsh conditions of Antarctica mean that only two higher (vascular) plant species grow there, but perhaps surprisingly, hundreds of species of mosses and liverworts survive.  Jessica has been to the Antarctic three times to collect samples, when she learnt a lot about the ways (and smells) of penguins and elephant seals, as well as the quirks of removing two metre long peat cores from the middle of frozen peat banks. Read about some of Jessica’s previous adventures.

Dr Matt Amesbury

Matt Amesbury is a research scientist who spends his time studying the finer details of mud.  This is very special mud however; peat moss that grows slowly over many thousands of years and holds a record of past changes in climate.  Matt always dreamt of going to Antarctica since reading about the epic tales of Scott and Shackleton as a teenager, so the 2013 field season was something of a dream come true for him, though the state of his health crossing (a relatively placid) Drake's Passage was not!  To find out more about that sordid incident, read here!