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.
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.
The Directors of Antarctic Science Ltd are:
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
Professor Pete Convey
Editor in Chief, Antarctic Science journal
Pete Convey is a terrestrial ecologist with over 30 years experience of working with BAS and in a wide range of polar environments, both Antarctic and Arctic. He has broad and diverse research interests, including using polar ecosystems as models to identify the past and future global consequences of climate change, evolution and life history strategies of polar terrestrial biota, integration of biological and physical research disciplines, biogeography of polar terrestrial invertebrates, plants and microbes, palaeo-biogeographical reconstruction of Antarctica, and the use of molecular biological techniques in combination with traditional approaches, and human impacts, conservation and management in the polar regions.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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 PeninsulaLearn more
The registered office of the company is Antarctic Science Ltd, Mills and Reeve, Botanic House, 100 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PH.