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Professor of Glaciology, University of Bristol

Jemma Wadham is Professor of Glaciology at the University of Bristol and at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. She studies what happens when glaciers and ice sheets melt, and specifically, the impact they have on Earth's cycles of carbon and nutrients and the life support systems they provide to people.

Jemma has led more than twenty-five expeditions to glaciers around the world, including to Greenland, Antarctica, Svalbard, Chilean Patagonia, the Peruvian Andes and the Himalaya, and has won several prestigious national awards for her research, including a Philip Leverhulme Prize and Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. She is best known as a pioneer in the field of understanding glacier-hosted life and the impacts of glaciers on our global carbon cycle. She is the author of Ice Rivers (Penguin, Allen Lane), her first book about glaciers for a general readership.


  • –present
    Professor of Glaciology, University of Bristol


  • 1998 
    University of Bristol/UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Glaciology/Geosciences


Geography (Cantab), PhD Glaciology (Bristol)