Jennifer Arthur

  • Antarctic Flags, 2020-2022
I am a third-year PhD researcher at Durham University specialising in Antarctic surface hydrology and ice shelf dynamics. I’m interested in the distribution and seasonal evolution of supraglacial lakes and the potential influence of surface meltwater on outlet glacier and ice shelf stability. My PhD research, funded by a NERC studentship, uses satellite remote sensing to investigate this on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Before starting my PhD, I studied for an MSci in Physical Geography at Durham University, specialising in glaciology. A couple of years and a stint as a GIS Scientist at a marine consultancy later, I returned to Durham to start my PhD. When not doing polar science, I can usually be found running trails, orienteering or playing music!
I’m enthusiastic about communicating polar science to the general public and making connections between schools and scientific research. I’ve been involved with polar outreach activities in primary schools and written science articles for The Conversation and I am also part of the EGU Cryosphere blog team ( I’m excited to be coordinating the UKPN Antarctic Flags project this year and look forward to connecting primary schools and researchers!