Dylan Beard


  • UKAHT rep, 2023 – Present
  • Member-At-Large, 2021 – Present


My enthusiasm for polar science started when I was a child. I grew up in Tasmania, Australia, where there are many links to Antarctica. I used to love going to watch the research vessels come into port and my favourite place to hang out was the Antarctic museum. This passion grew when I was lucky enough to go on an expedition to Arctic Norway with the British Exploring Society (BES) in 2012 and I got my first taste of a glacier in-person! I later went on another expedition to the Himalayas with BES as a trainee leader, to improve my science communication and outreach, as well as to explore the “Third Pole”!
I have completed a BSc (Dual Hons.) in Geology and Physical Geography, and an MSc in Geoscience Research, both at Keele University. I am now conducting my PhD research at the University of Plymouth, investigating contaminants within the cryosphere. I hope to try and bridge some of the gaps between social and physical sciences, as well as improve accessibility and scientific outreach.

It is still my dream to go to Antarctica (I will get there one day).