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Dr. Liz Thomas - Profile

photo of Dr. Liz Thomas Ice Core Analytical Scientist

+44 (0)1223 221658

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


My research is focused on climate variability in the Antarctic Peninsula and West Antarctica over the past 100-2000 years.

I am currently principle investigator on a NERC research grant “Reconstructing wind strength and atmospheric circulation in West Antarctica over the past 300 years”. We are developing a novel proxy for past wind conditions based on diatoms preserved in ice cores and combining this with known proxies for long-range atmospheric circulation.


Field projects:

2010/11 - Project leader, Ellsworth Land, West Antarctica

2010       - Field chemist (FIC/CFA), NEEM Greenland

2006/07 - Project leader, Gomez Antarctic Peninsula (73°S, 70°W)

2004/05 - Field scientist Berkner Island (79°S,45°W)


PhD: High-resolution analysis of rapid climate change from Greenland ice cores
British Antarctic Survey and Open University (2004-2006)

Combined Honours: Chemistry with Oceanography
University of Southampton (1998-2001)