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Dr. Robert Larter - Profile

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


Marine geophysicist working at British Antarctic Survey since 1987. Main research focus since 2004 has been on late Quaternary ice sheet history, glacial geomorphology and glacial/glacial-marine processes.  Also maintaining involvement in research on tectonic and palaeoenvironmental history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean through the Cenozoic era. Technical specialisms include acquisition, processing and interpretation of seismic reflection, marine magnetic, swath bathymetry and sidescan sonar data. Also has good theoretical knowledge and experience of coding to carry out forward and inverse seismic modelling and tectonic plate fitting/rotation calculations.


2015-          Deputy Science Leader, Palaeoenvironments, Ice sheets and Climate Change (PICC)

2009-2015 Workpackage Manager, Palaeo-ice Sheets, a component of the British Antarctic Survey's Ice Sheets programme.

2005-2009 Project Leader, Quaternary West Antarctic Deglaciations (QWAD), a component project of the British Antarctic Survey's Glacial Retreat in Antarctica and Deglaciation of the Earth System (GRADES) programme

1995-2002 Project Leader, Oceanic Active Plate Margins, which included the Sandwich Lithospheric and Crustal Experiment (SLICE) and was a component project of the British Antarctic Survey's Active Plate Margins programme

1995-2000 Programme Manager, Active Plate Margins Programme

1992-1995 Project Leader, Antarctic Peninsula Cenozoic Subduction

1987-present Marine Geophysicist, British Antarctic Survey (Cambridge)

1983-1987 Research Associate, Antarctic Marine Group (University of Birmingham)



1991 PhD Marine Geophysics, University of Birmingham

1984 MSc Petroleum Exploration Studies, University of Aberdeen

1982 BSc Geology, University of Durham