Sammie Buzzard

Sammie BuzzardMember-at-large, 2017 – 2018

PhD Candidate, Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, University of Reading


My undergraduate degree was an MMath Mathematics at the University of Exeter where I was lucky enough to be able to do modules specialising in the maths of climate change. It was through this that I decided that since the regions that I was so fascinated by, the poles, was also so important for the Earth’s climate then it had to be what I was going to study for my PhD.

I originally joined the UKPN committee as treasurer and have enjoyed the chances to meet other early career scientists and do outreach in exciting places such as the @Bristol museum where a definitely highlight was convincing a young boy that not all scientists have ‘grey hair and a bald patch’!

Current Research

I started my PhD at the University of Reading in 2013, where I am part of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling within the Meteorology Department. I look at surface melt lakes on the Larsen C ice shelf. My research involves creating a mathematical computer model of how they form and hope to use it to provide insights into the role of surface melt in sudden ice shelf disintegration, such as that of Larsen B in 2002.


Email ( sammie.buzzard
Twitter: TreacherousBuzz