The current 2021 UK Arctic & Antarctic Partnership Steering Committee includes:


Professor Martin Siegert, Grantham Institute (Chair of the UKAAP Steering Committee)

Martin Siegert is Professor of Geosciences and co-Director of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London. He was formerly Head of the School of GeoSciences and Assistant Principal for Energy and Climate Change at the University of Edinburgh, and director of the Bristol Glaciology Centre at the University of Bristol. At Edinburgh he led the creation of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). His research interests are in the field of glaciology. He uses geophysical techniques to quantify the flow and form of ice sheets both now and in the past. Using airborne radar he has identified and located ~400 subglacial lakes, has discovered ancient preglacial surfaces hidden beneath the existing ice and has demonstrated how sub-ice water is generated and interacts with the flow of ice above. Siegert has appeared regularly on national TV and radio to discuss his research, including BBC Radio 4’s Life Scientific in August 2012. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded the 2013 Martha T Muse Prize in Antarctic Science and Policy.

Prof Sheldon Bacon, National Oceanography Centre

Prof Bacon is head of the National Oceanography Centre’s Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group, which is based at NOC’s two sites in Southampton and Liverpool (he is based personally in Southampton).  He is a physical oceanographer whose research interests mainly concern the measurement and modelling of the Arctic, Sub-polar North Atlantic and Antarctic oceans and climate, but he also takes an interest in aspects of glaciology, biogeochemistry, sediments, and other odds and ends.

Dr Liz Bagshaw, Cardiff University

Prof Ian Brooks, Leeds University

Professor Brooks is a Professor of Boundary Layer Processes at Leeds University. His research interests include Boundary layer Meteorology, air-sea interaction and Arctic meteorology and climate, turbulent processes.

Professor Siwan Davies, University of Swansea

Dr Duncan Depledge, University of Loughborough

Duncan Depledge is Politics & International Studies Fellow at Loughborough University where his main research focuses on geopolitics and security in the Arctic. Before joining Loughborough in 2019, Duncan worked in the UK Parliament where he helped establish and lead the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions (2015-2019). He is the author of Britain and the Arctic (2018).

Dr Richard Essery, University of Edinburgh

Richard Essery is Professor of Cryosphere – Atmosphere Interactions at the University of Edinburgh and Secretary General of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences. He has previously worked at the Met Office, the Canadian National Hydrology Research Institute and the Centre for Glaciology, Aberystwyth University.

Dr Kate Hendry, University of Bristol (Deputy Chair, UKAAP SC)

Kate is a biogeochemist and chemical oceanographer at the University of Bristol, interested in understanding nutrient cycling in the modern ocean, and the link between past climatic change, ocean circulation, nutrient supply and biological productivity. She has worked in both the Antarctic and Arctic regions, including the West Antarctic Peninsula, Greenland, Barents Sea and Arctic Canada. Kate is also on the UK National Committee on Antarctic Research (UKNCAR) and is the treasurer of Antarctic Science Ltd.

Dr James Lea, University of Liverpool

James Lea is a Senior Lecturer in Glaciology at the University of Liverpool, and UK correspondent to the World Glacier Monitoring Service. His research interests include the dynamics of marine terminating glaciers on palaeo to contemporary timescales, in addition to rapid, large scale approaches to remote sensing of glaciers.

Dr Erin McClymont, Durham University

Erin McClymont is a Professor of Palaeoclimate in the Department of Geography at Durham University. Her main interests are in the application of geochemical methods to reconstruct past climate and environmental change. Her research has included generating records of ocean-ice sheet interactions from the Arctic and Antarctic regions during the Pliocene and Pleistocene (the last ~5 million years of Earth history).

Ingrid A. Medby is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology; Newcastle University. Her research focuses on the intersections of Arctic identity, geopolitics, and statecraft. At the time of writing her work centres on the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and post-Cold War relations.

Prof David Pearce, University of Northumbria

Prof Gareth Phoenix, University of Sheffield

Professor Richard Powell, Scott Polar Research Institute

Dr Clare Robinson, University of Manchester

Hannah Wauchope, University of Exeter

Ex-Officio Members:

Prof Mike Bentley, UKNCAR Representative

Henry Burgess, Head, NERC Arctic Office

Nicola Munro,  UKAAP Secretary, NERC Arctic Office

Jess Surma/ Dr Lizzie Garrett, NERC Representative

George Clarkson, Polar Regions Department, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Dr Anna Gebruk, UK Polar Network Representative

Sophie Montague, APPG Polar Regions

Previous Members of the Committee:

Prof Finlo Cottier, SAMS

Prof Julian Dowdeswell, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (Chair)

Prof Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway, University of London

Prof Mary Edwards, University of Southampton

Dr Ed Hawkins, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading

Dr Stephanie Henson, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Dr Ruth Hindshaw

Prof Andy Hodson, UNIS

Dr Claire Hughes, University of York

Prof Viv Jones, University College London

Dr Anne Jungblut, Natural History Museum

Dr Melanie Leng, British Geological Survey

Prof Tavi Murray, Swansea University

Prof Mike Meredith, BAS

Prof Colm O’Cofaigh, Durham University

Dr Jeff Ridley, MetOffice

Prof Geraint Tarling, British Antarctic Survey

Prof David Thomas, Bangor University

Prof Martyn Tranter, Bristol Glaciological Centre, Bristol University

Prof David Vaughan, British Antarctic Survey

Prof Gail Whiteman, Lancaster University

Dr Jeremy Wilkinson, British Antarctic Survey

Prof Eric Wolff, University of Cambridge

Prof Phil Wookey, Stirling University

Mike Dinn, BAS

Tun Jan Young, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Dr Ray Leakey, Scottish Association for Marine Science

Dr Bart van Dongen, University of Manchester