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Dr Samantha Buzzard

Dr Samantha Buzzard

Lecturer in Climate Science

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


I am a glaciologist and climate scientist. My research interest focusses on the surface hydrology of Antarctica's ice shelves, and I work on modelling how and where ice shelves may become vulnerable to sudden collapse. This is important in determining Antarctica's contriubtion to global sea level. I also have interests in Greenland surface hydrology and snow and melt on Arctic sea ice.

I am a 2020 IASC Cryosphere fellow and also a fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute.

I have a strong interest in science communication and have spoken at Maths Inspiration theatre shows for teenagers, at the Royal Society and at various festivals, schools and museums. I am also happy to provide media comments and have spoken on live radio for Radio 4's today program and BBC Berkshire.


Academic positions

  • 2021: Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2019: Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institue of Technology
  • 2017: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University College London
  • Honorary Research Associate- The Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, UCL (2016-Present)


  • 2017: Ph.D. Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
  • 2012: MMath Mathematics, University of Exeter