Antarctic Science Ltd is a charitable company, registered in the UK (Charity Number 1090581) in 2000. Its role is to promote Antarctic science nationally and internationally. It owns the journal Antarctic Science which is published for the company by Cambridge University Press. All except the last three annual volumes are available free on the CUP web site.

People doing science in Antarctic

Antarctic Science was established in 1988 by Professor David Walton and is the oldest multidisciplinary Antarctic journal in existence. Its research articles span a wide range of scientific research, from ice sheet dynamics to geology, from satellite telemetry to Southern Ocean chemistry, and from upper atmospheric physics to genetics.

The proceeds from subscription to the journal are used by Antarctic Science Ltd to support early career scientists in their research. The company has been annually awarding bursaries to early career researchers since 2005. In the last 5 years, over £271,000 has been awarded to 58 early career researchers, with an average of £50,171 awarded each year.

Our founder David Walton was an ecologist who spent a long and distinguished career working at the British Antarctic Survey and dedicated much of his work to making Antarctic science more accessible to the public. David founded the Antarctic Science Journal in 1989 and was Editor in Chief of the journal since that time. He sadly passed away in February 2019. You can learn more about David and his work here and here.

David W H Walton
Professor David Walton

Job vacancy: Managing Editor

Antarctic Science Ltd. are looking for a new Managing Editor to join the Antarctic Science journal team. The Managing Editor will be responsible for a number of roles (see full job description link here) including overseeing and managing the progress of papers from receipt to publication, and liaising with the Editor-in-Chief and Cambridge University Press. Experience in editorial management is required, and an interest in natural sciences and the polar regions is desirable. Estimated work load is one day per week, with a pay rate of £21.15 per hour.

 Applicants are asked to send a CV and a covering letter explaining how they meet the requirements of the role. Applications should be sent to

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an online interview, most likely in October. Please note any periods of non-availability in your application

The Directors of Antarctic Science Ltd are:

Mike Bentley

Professor Mike Bentley


Mike is a glacial geologist at Durham University, who studies Antarctic ice sheet history over a range of timescales. He works on a range of projects across Antarctica, and many of them collaborating closely with international partners.

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Maria Dias

Dr Maria Dias

Maria is currently the Senior Marine Science Officer at BirdLife International, based in Cambridge, UK, where she coordinates the scientific work underpinning the BirdLife International Marine Programme. Her research interests are mainly focused on the conservation of aquatic birds, seabird migration and foraging ecology, marine spatial planning and animal movement.

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Michael Pinnock

Mr Michael Pinnock

Mike’s research background is in atmospheric and space physics (space weather), more narrowly, coupling between the thermosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere. Through involvement with management of all science activity across British Antarctic Survey he has a keen interest in Earth system science and is currently involved in shaping a comprehensive suite of observations to address this on the island of South Georgia.

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Jennifer Jackson

Dr Jennifer Jackson

Jen is a molecular ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey who is interested in the evolutionary biology, population connectivity and dynamics of Antarctic organisms, with a particular focus on baleen whales.

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Kate Hendry

Dr Kate Hendry


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.

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Professor Jemma Wadham

Jemma is a glaciologist based at the University of Bristol. She is interested in the biogeochemistry of glaciers and ice sheets and the roles they play in regulating global and regional cycles of nutrients and carbon. She has also worked extensively on technology development for accessing and sampling extreme icy ecosystems, including Antarctic Subglacial Lakes.

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Professor David Pearce

Dave is an environmental microbiologist based at Northumbria University. He uses microbiology (and in particular novel molecular techniques applied to microbial ecology, microbial biodiversity and activity, environmental genomics, biogeochemical cycling and model extremophiles) to understand polar ecosystem function and the potential for shifts in biogeochemical activity that may result from environmental change.

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Dr Michelle Taylor

Michelle is a primarily deep-sea benthic ecologist. She is interested in how, where, and why genetic diversity is created in the deep sea and undertakes population genetics/ genomics and phylogenetics/genomics to work that out. Her favourite ecosystem is cold water corals but she is broadly interested in the discovery and exploration of all manner of deep sea biology. She is seen here holding a deep sea species of octocoral she described and named after her mum and sister.

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Dr Anne Jungblut

Anne is an environmental microbiologist at the Life Sciences Department, Natural History Museum. She studies microbial diversity, ecology and biogeography in aquatic and soil ecosystems in the Antarctic and Arctic, in particular cyanobacteria and benthic microbial mat communities, using microscopy, culture isolation and sequencing technologies.

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Paul Tyler

Professor Paul Tyler

Professor Paul Tyler is Emeritus Professor of Deep-sea Biology at the University of Southampton. His research Interests cover: all aspects of deep-sea biology in the world ocean, the discovery and analysis of hydrothermal vents along the East Scotia Ridge in the Southern Ocean, ROV analysis of zonation patterns down the slope of the Antarctic Peninsula, and long term analysis of reproductive patterns in shallow water invertebrates along the Antarctic Peninsula

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The registered office of the company is Antarctic Science Ltd, Mills and Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH.

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