Ice Alive: Uncovering the secrets of Earth’s Ice

In collaboration with Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Proudfoot Media and I have produced a documentary film explaining the latest research into the surprising hidden biology shaping Earth’s ice. The story is told by young UK Arctic scientists with contributions from guests including astronaut Chris Hadfield and biologist Jim Al-Khalili. We went to great lengths to make this a visually striking film that we hope is a pleasure to watch and communicates the otherwordly beauty and incredible complexity of the Arctic glacial landscape. We aim to educate, entertain and inspire others into exploring and protecting this most sensitive part of our planet in their own ways.

We think the film is equally suited to the general public as school and university students, and we are delighted to make this a free-to-all teaching resource. Please watch, share and use!


Alongside this film, I also collaborated with musician Hannah Peel on an audiovisual piece designed to communicate the complexity of process occurring on the Greenland Ice Sheet through sound. View the piece (good headphones recommended!) and write up here


Rolex Awards for Enterpise


I am very pleased to report that I was recently made a 2016 Rolex Young Laureate. This award recognizes potential in young scientists and entrepreneurs (under 30’s), so it is extremely humbling to have been selected. I’ll be delivering a project (“Ice Alive”) that will advance our understanding of ice as a living landscape.

Part of the living landscape on the Greenland Ice Sheet: biological material is a major component of the dark impurities on the ice.

I have already been able to meet some incredibly inspiring people, including my fellow laureates, the jury and the Rolex team, and this award will stimulate some big adventures in 2017 and beyond!

For more information, see my Rolex profile page here.

Interestingly, I’m the second  researcher from the University of Sheffield’s Geography Department to receive a Rolex Award, after volcanologist Andrew McGonicle (2008).