Michelle McCrystall

Michelle McCrystallEducation & Outreach, 2016 – 2017

PhD Candidate, British Antarctic Survey & University of Cambridge


I originally started out as an undergraduate studying Environmental Management in Queen’s University, Belfast. Here most of my work focused on understanding different environments around the world, issues facing these areas as well as environmental issues in Northern Ireland from waste, water and energy. I spent one year working with Business in the Community’s Environmental arm ARENA, working with different organisations and community groups in Northern Ireland in order to help them lessen their impact on the environment. It soon became apparent that changes in climate were and would continue having an impact on local communities and business. It was from this, and a love of weather and climate that I decided to undertake an MSc in Applied Meteorology and Climatology at the University of Birmingham graduating in December 2013.

Current Research

I am currently a PhD student at the British Antarctic Survey and University of Cambridge, studying the influence of the tropics on Arctic climate variability. Through running a number of computer model simulations specifically using the UM Met Office model HadGEM3, I am particularly interested in assessing the generation and propagation of waves from tropical regions, to high latitudes and quantifying their impact on climatic variability.


Email: michelle.mccrystall@polarnetwork.org
Twitter: Michelle_McCrys