Doug Benn

Doug Benn is Chair of Environmental Change, and recently returned to St Andrews after 10 years as Professor of Glaciology at the University Centre in Svalbard. His research interests include calving processes and the dynamics of calving glaciers, glacier surges, the response of Himalayan debris-covered glaciers to climate change, glacio-speleology, and ‘Snowball Earth’ glaciations.

Tobias Bolch

Tobias Bolch is a Reader in Remote Sensing, having joined the University of St. Andrews in February 2019 after almost ten years as senior research associate at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His main research focuses on investigating the impact of climate change on glaciers and glacial hazards using various remote sensing techniques complemented by field investigations.

Tom Cowton

Tom Cowton is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography. He joined the University of St Andrews in 2016 following a spell as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include glacier-ocean interaction, ice sheet hydrology and dynamics and subglacial erosion.

Owen King

Owen King joined the University of St. Andrews in August 2019 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Before this he worked as a Postdoctoral Research associate at the University of Zurich after obtaining his PhD from the University of Leeds. His main research focuses include the evolution of debris covered glaciers in response to climatic change, surge-type glacier behaviour and the impact of glacial lake growth on high mountain glacier mass loss rates.

William Harcourt

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William D. Harcourt joined the University of St Andrews in 2019 as a PhD student in the School of Physics and Astronomy, jointly funded by SAGES and EPSRC. He is developing the use of ground-based radar to study glacier change, specifically looking at ice-ocean and glacier-volcano interactions.

Iain Wheel

Iain Wheel is a PhD student who joined the University of St Andrews in 2019 as part of the Thwaites Glacier Collaboration. He is interested in modelling calving dynamics and marine ice cliff instability processes.


Past members

Anna Crawford

Anna Crawford is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who joined the St Andrews Glaciology Group in 2019. Before moving to Scotland Anna received her PhD from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). She is interested in the deterioration of marine-terminating glaciers and is currently modelling the calving and retreat of Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica.

Joe Todd

Joe Todd is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working in the glaciology group since 2016. Before this, he undertook his PhD at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. He is primarily interested in modelling iceberg calving and its links to environmental and dynamic processes using the full-Stokes model Elmer/Ice.

Ben Davison

Ben Davison is a PhD candidate who joined the University of St Andrews in 2017. He is interested in the dynamics of glacier-fjord systems in Greenland and is focusing on seasonal tidewater glacier dynamics and iceberg-ocean interactions.