Professor Chris Fogwill

Title: Professor of Glaciology and Palaeoclimatology
Phone: (+44) 01782 7 33734
Location: William Smith : WS1.03
Role: Head of School
Contacting me:

Chris obtained his BSc in Geological Oceanography at the University of Bangor in North Wales in 1995, and then joined the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University as a postgraduate research assistant in the palaeoceanography group. This was followed by a PhD at the University of Edinburgh focused on ice-sheet reconstruction and modelling in Antarctica and Patagonia. After a NERC-funded postdoctoral research position within the School of Geoscience at Edinburgh, Chris took up a position as Senior Lecturer and Director of Programme in Physical Geography at the University of Exeter in 2007. This was followed by the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2012 at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, where he was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2012 based at the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), the leading hub for climate system modelling in the Southern Hemisphere.

Chris is also an Associate Editor for Antarctic Science and the Nature family journal Scientific Reports; is a member of the Earth’s Past Future Research Network, and leads the PRECISE Network, a consortium of leading Asia-Pacific researchers focused on the projection of future sea-level rise. In joining Keele as Head of School and Chair in Glaciology and Palaeoclimatology, he will develop new capacity for the analysis of ice cores and cosmogenic nuclides within the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, as well as drive new directions in climate and ice-sheet modelling with colleagues from both the School of Computing and Mathematics and his wider international network.

Professor Chris Fogwill is a leader in the fields of geochemistry, glaciology and climate change research. His research straddles the traditional disciplines of palaeoclimatology, glaciology and climate modelling. Over the past decade, his research – using innovative techniques to reconstruct past climate and ice-sheet change – has been instrumental in defining the linkages between ice, climate and sea level over timescales from centuries to millennia. His work in this field not only improves our understanding of the global climate system, but also reduces the uncertainty in future climate projections.

Current projects include:

Southern Hemisphere climate dynamics

Environmental Change

Ice Sheet dynamics

Climate modelling

Ice sheet modelling


Selected Publications:

  1. Fogwill, C.J., Turney. C.S.M., et al. (2016) Antarctic ice sheet discharge driven by atmosphere ocean feedbacks at the Last Glacial Termination. Nature Scientific Reports, 9, 39979 .
  2. Turney C, Fogwill C.J., Palmer J, van Sebille E, Thomas Z, McGlone M, Richardson S, Wilmshurst J, Fenwick P, et al. Tropical forcing of increased Southern Ocean climate variability revealed by a 140-year subantarctic temperature reconstruction. Climate of the Past Discussions. In press.
  3. Fogwill, C.J., van Sebille, E., Cougnon, E.A., Turney, C.S.M., Rintoul, S., Galton-Fenzi, B., Clark, G.F., Marzinelli, E.M., Rainsley, E.B., Carter, L., (2016). Evidence of a developing polynya off Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica, triggered by stranding of iceberg B09B. The Cryosphere. 10:2603-2609.
  4. Golledge, N.R., Kowalewski, D.E. Naish, T.R., Levy, R.H., Fogwill. C.J., Gasson, E.G.W. (2015).  The multi-millennial Antarctic commitment to future sea-level rise. Nature. 526. 421.
  5. Fogwill C. J., C. S. M. Turney, M. H. England, et al., 2014: Testing the sensitivity of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet to Southern Ocean dynamics: Past changes and future implications, Journal of Quaternary Science, 29, 91-98.

MSc ESC-40049

Current PhD students:

  • Helen Millman. PhD Title: Modelling Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics during the Last Interglacial using the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM).