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Prof. David Vaughan - Profile

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British Antarctic Survey
Madingley Road, High Cross
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0ET United Kingdom


Current Role:

Director of Science, for the Natural Environment Research Council’s, British Antarctic Survey. Responsible for the strategic development and excellence in scientific output of the Science teams employed by the British Antarctic Survey. I also maintain personal research interests in glaciology, climate and sea-level rise.

Education and Employment History:

2009-2014: Science Leader for the British Antarctic Survey core programme: IceSheets. IceSheets employs ~17 full-time researchers, and additional postgraduate students funded by NERC National Capability and grant funding. The programme is led by a strategic plan which requires research strands in:  Ice-sheet modelling, Terrestrial and marine geology/geochemistry, Satellite remote sensing,  Airborne and surface geophysical investigation,  Technology development.

2006 - Made Honorary Professor in the School of the Environment and Society, University of Wales, Swansea

2005-2010: Principal Investigator for British Antarctic Survey Core Programme: Glacial Retreat of Antarctica and Deglaciation of the Earth System (GRADES). GRADES employed between 12 and 20 staff and focus on aspects of past and future deglaciation as drivers of change in the Earth System.

1999-2005: Principal Investigator for BAS Core Programme: Global Interactions of Antarctic Ice Sheet (GIANTS). This five-year project employed between 10 and 15 staff, and focused on the interactions between the Antarctic ice sheet and its bed, surrounding oceans, climate and volcanoes.

1986-1990: Remote sensing specialist, Ice and Climate Division, British Antarctic Survey.

1986-1990: Glaciologist, Ice and Climate Division, British Antarctic Survey.

1992-1995: Open University. Ph.D. Thesis title, Structural and climatic controls on Antarctic Ice Shelves. Supervisors, Dr. C.S.M. Doake; Professor D. Sugden, University of Edinburgh.

1984-1985: University of Durham. M.Sc. in Geophysics. (NERC Advanced Studentship)

1981-1984: University of Cambridge (Churchill College). BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Physics)

Before-1981: Yateley Comprehensive School and Ivybridge School and Community College.