Dr Claire Belcher
Professor and Chair in Wildland Fire

External responsibilities

Awards/Honorary fellowships


Distinguished Paper in Fire Research Award 201334th International Symposium on Combustion. The Combustion Institute for Hadden, R.M., Rein, G., Belcher, C.M. (2013). PROCI34 (2), 2547-2553.

EU Marie Curie Prize 2012 in Communicating Science – For science communication under FP6 and FP7.

Atmospheric Science Librarians International Choice Award - for “The Future of the World’s Climate” (A. Henderson-Sellers and K. McGuffie Eds).

“Best Paper for 2011” - awarded by the editors and associate editors of PALAIOS for Bacon, K.L., Belcher, C.M., Hesselbo, S.P. and McElwain, J.C. (2011) PALAIOS 24 461–469

Shortlisted Scientist Lloyds Science of Risk Competition 2010 – “Earth’s Fiery Future”

UCD Images of Research Competition 2008 - Judges Mention for “Thermal Image of Burning Sphagnum Moss”

Palaeontological Association President’s Prize - Awarded for best oral presentation by a member of the association (aged under 30). The Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting, Lille, 2004.

Publication Award - For doctoral achievement; best publication 2003 (Belcher et al., 2003), Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL).

The Tennant Medal - For highest exam scores by a final year geology B.Sc. student 2000, RHUL.

Kate and Harry Harper Chelsea Prize - For best 2nd year geology student 1999, RHUL.

Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland Student Award Winner - Highest Exam Scores 1999.



Fellow of the Linnaean Society (FLS)


Current/ Recent Membership of editorial boards and conference organization

Guest Associate Chief Editor, Frontiers in Functional Plant Ecology (2014)


Editorial Board Member - Dataset Papers in Geosciences http://www.datasets.com/journals/geosciences/editors/geology/

Organiser Royal Society Discussion Meeting and Kavli Satellite Meeting for “The Interaction of Fire and Mankind” 14-17th September 2015 Prof. Scott, Prof. Chaloner (FRS) Dr Belcher and Dr Roos.


Administrative Responsibiities

  • Panel and Jury member for the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions prizes 

  • Geography Athena Swan Working Group, University of Exeter; September 2013-2015

  • Geography Athena Swan Core Group, University of Exeter; September 2014-2015

  • Geography Athena Swan Drafting Group, Silver Application, University of Exeter; September 2013-2014.

  • Research Group Leader for Earth System Science, University of Exeter; April 2014- September 2015

  • Module co-ordinator GEO3226 Co-Evolution of Life and the Planet, University of Exeter. September 2012-2014


Recent Notable Invited Presentations

  • Lecture “Ada Lovelace” talk, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth Science Festival, Sidmouth October 2014

  • Invited talk Technical Sessions Geological Society of America Annual Meeting 2014, Vancouver

  • Keynote Pardee Symposia Geological Society of America Annual Meeting 2014, Vancouver

See http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2014/science/sessions/pardee

  • TEDx Talk Ideas without Frontiers 28th March 2014 Northcott Theatre, Exeter.


  • Lecture Devonshire Association Geology Section – Teignmouth 15th March 2014.

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