Double win for PhD students at SAGES 2018

Wed, 12/12/2018

Double win for Frazer Christie and Richard Delf at the SAGES Annual Science Meeting 2018. 

It was a double success win for Edinburgh PhD students Frazer Christie (recent graduate); and Richard Delf at the recent Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Society and Environment (SAGES) Annual Science Meeting in Dunblane, 15-16 November 2018. 

Recent PhD graduate Student Frazer Christie was awarded the Best Student Paper Prize.  The prize was awarded for his recent publication: Christie, F.W.D. et al. (2018) Glacier change along West Antarctica’s Marie Byrd Land Sector and links to inter-decadal atmosphere–ocean variability. The Cryosphere, 12, 2461-79. The paper was judged best in a field of all Scottish student-led papers published in 2018 across the fields of atmospheric, oceanographic and climate science, and formed one of the key chapters underpinning Frazer’s recent successfully-defended PhD thesis at Edinburgh. Frazer has now begun a new postdoctoral position in Antarctic glaciology at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.

Frazer said:

“I am delighted to have been awarded the SAGES student prize for best paper in the field of atmosphere, ocean and climate science for 2017/2018. This accolade is the culmination of a highly successful SAGES-enabled ‘Postdoctoral and Early Career Research Exchange' visit to the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, in 2017, where I collaborated with Prof. Eric Steig - a world leading expert in polar paleo-climate reconstruction and atmospheric science. I am very grateful to SAGES for supporting my visit to UW, without which this piece of research would not have been possible”.  

PhD Student Richard Delf was also awarded the Best Poster Presentation of research for his poster: Common-offset velocity analysis of Ground-Penetrating Radar data on a polythermal glacier. Judged the best poster in a field of ~25 posters across all aspects of SAGES research, Richard’s poster detailed some key results from his PhD research at Edinburgh on the internal and basal properties of glaciers in Svalbard, High Arctic, showing in particular the analysis of data collected on fieldwork conducted in Svalbard in spring 2018.

Richard said:

“It is a great privilege to have been awarded the best poster at the SAGES Annual Science Meeting. The conference was a very enjoyable experience and an excellent opportunity to discuss my work in developing novel geophysical data processing techniques to a wider audience of Scottish based geoscientists. This included presenting field data showing the internal structure of Von Postbreen, a polythermal glacier in Svalbard, and progress towards characterising the internal hydrothermal system. This work would not have been possible without support from the E3 DTP program, along with equipment from the NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility (GEF) and additional funding from the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observation System (SIOS).

Further information

Christie, F.W.D. et al. (2018) Glacier change along West Antarctica’s Marie Byrd Land Sector and links to inter-decadal atmosphere–ocean variability. The Cryosphere, 12, 2461-79

SAGES PECRE scheme

Double win for PhD students Frazer Christie (recent graduate); and Richard Delf at SAGES
Double win for PhD students Frazer Christie (recent graduate); and Richard Delf at SAGES