We are interested in how life exists in extreme environments and how processes in the coldest places influence the workings of the whole Earth.
The Cold Climate Research Group unites cross-disciplinary scientists in the Earth and Environmental Sciences who are interested in processes in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.
We use field research, laboratory experiments and numerical modelling to understand processes occurring in cold climate systems. We are interested in how life exists in extreme environments and how processes in the coldest places influence the workings of the whole Earth.
Our expertise in biogeochemistry, microbiology, technology development is used to address some of the most pressing scientific questions about the state, behaviour and dynamics of Earth system processes in the polar regions and beyond.
We aim to understand the causes and consequences of change in the Earth system by using glaciology, biogeochemistry, microbiology, palaeoceanography and palaeoecology.
We are working to find out how melting ice sheets impact the ocean, in the past, present and future. We use isotopes, in situ monitoring and microfossils to understand how fluxes of nutrients change the ocean. We are also learning about the role of glacier surfaces in regional ecosystem dynamics and how mixoplankton contribute to the polar ocean system.
We develop new technologies for exploring meltwater beneath glaciers, and returning data from deep ice. We are also making systems for monitoring temperate catchments at high spatial and temporal resolution, to understand water quality in UK rivers and reservoirs.
We use state of the art microbial analysis methods to understand icy ecosystems. We are finding out what species can survive in extreme cold systems, both now and in the past. We are measuring the activity of ecosystems, both in extreme icy environments and in UK freshwater systems, to understand how they influence their surroundings.
You can find out about some of our research by watching these videos:
- Jaz Millar tells us about Snowball Earth ecosystems
- Mike Prior-Jones describes technology measuring under glaciers
- Liz Bagshaw introduces the Cryoegg project
- Aditee Mitra tells us all about mixoplankton
Dr Liz Bagshaw
- +44 (0)29 2087 4488
Dr Jenny Pike
Reader in Earth and Ocean Sciences
- +44 (0)29 2087 5181
Dr Michael Prior-Jones
Glaciology and Communications Engineering
Dr Samantha Buzzard
Lecturer in Climate Science
Elle Von Benzon
Dr Henrik Sass
- +44 (0)29 2087 6001
Dr Aditee Mitra
- +44 (0)29 2087 76828
Dr Shasta Marrero
Lecturer in Environmental and Physical Geography
- +44 (0)29 2087 4579
Yr Athro Ian Hall
- +44 (0)29 2087 5612 / +44 (0)29 2087 6689
Dr Claire Earlie
Lecturer in Coastal Processes
- +44 (0)29 2087 5563
Yr Athro Stephen Barker
Reader, Director of Research
- +44 (0)29 2087 4328
Yr Athro Carrie Lear
Reader in Earth Sciences
- +44 (0)29 2087 9004
Dr Ernest Chi Fru
Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences
- +44(0)29 2087 0058
Dr Marc-Alban Millet
Lecturer in Isotope Geochemistry
- +44 (0)29 2087 5124
Dr Morten Andersen
- +44 (0)29 2087 4943