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Dr Michael Prior-Jones

Dr Michael Prior-Jones

Research Associate
Glaciology and Communications Engineering

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


I'm an electronic engineer by background, and my research interests relate to the development of new instruments for collecting data from the field, particularly in glaciology. I'm currently working on the Cryoegg project with Liz Bagshaw. Cryoegg is a wireless probe for making measurements of conditions underneath glaciers. If you'd like to learn more about Cryoegg, please have a look at some of these links:

From January 2022, I will be a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, working on open-source instruments for real-time data collection from glaciers and ice sheets. This will extend and enhance my existing work on Cryoegg, and extend it to instruments that measure snowpack, supraglacial streams, and englacial conditions. More on this in due course!

My work is regularly featured in the media:


  • Feb 2019 - present: post-doctoral research associate in glaciology and communications engineering, Cardiff University.
  • Aug 2018 - Feb 2019: Senior Control & Test Engineer, Cambridge Mechatronics Ltd, Cambridge, UK
  • Feb-Mar 2018: installation engineer for aircraft navigation aids, British Antarctic Survey, Rothera, Antarctica.
  • Feb 2014 - Dec 2017: Consultant (electronics & software engineering), TTP plc, Cambridge, UK
  • Feb 2012 - Feb 2014: Senior Researcher, Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd, Oxford, UK
  • Mar 2011 - Jan 2012: Consultant (electronics & software engineering), TTP plc, Cambridge, UK
  • Nov 2010 - Feb 2011: Communications Engineer, Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions , Union Glacier, Antarctica.
  • Sep 2007 - Sep 2010: PhD in Engineering, University of Leicester. Thesis topic "Digital HF communications for autonomous instrumentation in the polar regions"
  • June 2005 - July 2007: Communications Manager, British Antarctic Survey, Rothera, Antarctica.
  • September 2003 - June 2005: Research & Development Engineer, BBC Research & Development, Kingswood, Surrey, UK
  • September 1999 - June 2003: MEng Electronic Engineering, University of York, UK

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of the International Glaciological Society
  • Member of the European Geosciences Union
  • Member of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

Speaking engagements

  • Invited speaker, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, May 2020. "Cryoegg: development and field trials of a wireless subglacial probe for deep, fast-moving ice" Abstract; Slides and notes
  • Keynote speaker, Polar Technology Conference 2020, Boulder, Colorado USA, March 2020. "An Overview of Satellite Communications for Polar Research and Operations" Slides; video of talk (21 mins)
  • Invited seminar, Glaciology group, ETH Zurich, June 2020

Committees and reviewing




My research interests relate to the use of technology (particularly electronics and communications technology) in glaciology and hydrology. I have a special interest in satellite communications for remote data collection.