CV


Education

University of Edinburgh, UK (2014 – 2017)
PhD in the School of GeoSciences

  • PhD working title: ‘Investigating links between ice dynamics and calving at Kronebreen, Svalbard’
  • Supervisors: Dr. Nick Hulton (University of Edinburgh/UNIS), Prof. Doug Benn (UNIS/University of St. Andrews), and Prof. Bryn Hubbard (Aberystwyth University)
  • Registered external PhD student at the University Centre in Svalbard
  • Funded by NERC and the Calving Rates and Impact On Sea level (CRIOS) research group
  • Currently in third year having collected time-lapse image sets over two summers (2014 and 2015) and developing software to enable feature tracking in Python (called PyTrx)

Lancaster University, UK (2008 – 2013)
MSc (By Research) Environmental Science

  • 40,000-word thesis titled: ‘Measuring glacier movement and its influences using a new approach in terrestrial time-lapse techniques’
  • Supervised by Peter Wynn, Mike James and Hugh Tuffen
  • Fieldwork at Sólheimajökull, Iceland, including time-lapse set-up and LiDAR surveying

BSc Physical Geography (4 year Australasia course)

  • Graduated with a first class degree
  • Third year spent studying Environmental Science at the University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Dissertation titled ‘Linking glacier hypsometry to meltwater isotopic composition’, involving 10-day fieldwork trip at Skaftafellsjökull and Svínafellsjökull, Iceland

Publications

Hopefully I’ll have some of my own soon!

James, M.R., How, P. and Wynn, P.R. (2016) Pointcatcher software: analysis of glacial time-lapse photography and integration with multi-temporal digital elevation models. Journal of Glaciology, 62 (231), pp159-169, doi:10.1017/jog.2016.27

Schipper, I., Castro, J.M., Tuffen, H., James, M.R. and How, P. (2013) Shallow vent architecture during hybrid explosive-effusive activity at Cordon Caulle (Chile, 2011-12): Evidence from direct observations and pyroclast textures. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 262, pp25-37, doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2013.06.005


Conferences
Talks

‘Subglacial Hydraulic Transmissivity at Kronebreen, Svalbard’. IGS Nordic Branch Meeting 2016, Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø. Winner: best student oral presentation

‘Glacier dynamics in Svalbard revealed through time-lapse photogrammetry’. SURGE (Scottish Universities Research in Glacial Environments) Meeting 2015, University of Aberdeen

‘Applications of time-lapse techniques at Kronebreen, Svalbard’. Calving and Surging Glaciers in Svalbard Workshop 2014, Utrecht. Presented with Silje Smith-Johnsen

‘Drivers of movement at Sólheimajökull, Iceland: an investigation using a terrestrial time-lapse approach’. SURGE (Scottish Universities Research in Glacial Environments) meeting 2014, University of Glasgow

‘Geothermal forcing at Sólheimajökull: an investigation using a terrestrial time-lapse approach’. Volcano-Ice and Iceland Volcanism Meeting 2014, Lancaster University

Posters

Left to right
‘High-resolution analysis of calving behaviours at Svalbard glaciers.’ EGU 2016, Vienna, Austria

‘Katla on Camera: Capturing the Cataclysm’. Volcano-Ice and Icelandic Volcanism Meeting 2015, Lancaster University

‘Bed pressure data used in conjunction with terrestrial time-lapse analysis to investigate the dynamics of a glacier in Svalbard’. University of Edinburgh Gradschool 2015, Peebles

‘Integrating terrestrial time-lapse photography with laser scanning to distinguish the drivers of movement at Sólheimajökull, Iceland’. AGU 2014, San Francisco. Presented by Mike James

‘Kronbreen time-lapse camera platforms: Place your bets on which survived!’ IGS Nordic Branch Meeting 2014, Dyrhólaey, Iceland


Funding/Awards

December 2016: Postdoctoral & Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECRE) funding to undertake studies at the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø. PECRE is a funding opportunity from SAGES (Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society)

November 2016: University of Edinburgh Erasmus+ funding to undertake studies at the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø

July 2016: Meiklejohn Fund for ‘Examining calving dynamics at a surge-type glacier in Svalbard using terrestrial time-lapse photogrammetry’

September 2014: Moray Endowment Fund for ‘Monitoring glacier-volcano interactions at the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, Iceland, using permanent terrestrial time-lapse platforms’


Courses

August 2014: NERC Advanced Training course ‘Practical Use of Mini- and Micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for the Environmental Sciences Course Programme’, hosted in Oban through the University of Birmingham, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), and the University of Reading

February-March 2014: Glaciology course (course AG-825) at The University Centre in Svalbard. Passed with an A grade


Demonstrating/Teaching

March 2017: Field demonstrator for the UNIS Glaciology course (AG-325/825)

March 2016: Field demonstrator for the UNIS Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere course (AGF-312)

February-March 2016: Field demonstrator for the UNIS Glaciology course (AG-325/825)

January-February 2016: Demonstrator for the Near-ground Earth Observations: New platforms and sensors postgraduate course at the University of Edinburgh

September 2015: Guest lecturer for the UNIS Glaciers and Glaciation course (AG-347/847) on photogrammetry and terrestrial time-lapse techniques

March 2015: Field demonstrator for the UNIS Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere course (AGF-312)

February-March 2015: Field demonstrator for the UNIS Glaciology course (AG-325/825)

September 2013: Field demonstrator for the University of Edinburgh undergraduate course Physical Geography Fieldwork (Iceland)


Media

November 2015: CRIOS’ time-lapse work and fieldwork footage used in AJ+ video, including an interview with Prof. Doug Benn. Click here to see video

March 2015: CRIOS’ time-lapse work featured on ITV (Independent Television UK) website, with interviews from Prof. Doug Benn and Prof. Adrian Luckman. Click here to see article

November 2014: CRIOS’ time-lapse work featured on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) website. Click here to see article

July 2012: Internship work on volcanic eruption patterns and lava bomb velocities featured on BBC2’s Volcano Live (supervised by Dr. Hugh Tuffen and Dr. Mike James at Lancaster University)


Filmography

July 2015: Film documenting camera re-deployment at Kronebreen in May 2015. Click here to watch

April 2015: Film documenting camera retrieval and data collected from Kronebreen in September 2014. Click here to watch

November 2014: Time-lapse sequences from 5 cameras installed at Kronebreen from May to September 2014. Click here to watch

November 2014: Film documenting camera deployment at Kronebreen in May 2014. Click here to watch


Fieldwork

September 2016: Fieldwork at various glaciers in Kongsfjorden and Tempelfjorden, Svalbard. Two weeks spent recovering time-lapse images from 11 cameras installed overlooking glaciers in the Kongfjorden and Tempelfjorden areas

August 2016: Fieldwork at Kronebreen, Svalbard. One week of intensive calving activity monitoring as part of the CalvingSEIS project

May 2016: Fieldwork in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard. Two weeks spent re-installing 9 time-lapse cameras at Kronebreen and installing new time-lapse cameras at Kongsvegen and Kongsbreen

March-April 2016: Fieldwork around Longyearbyen. Three weeks spent radar surveying glaciers in the local area as a field assistant to PhD student Richard Delf

October 2015: Fieldwork at Kötlujökull/Höfðabrekkujökull, Iceland. One week spent installing two time-lapse cameras on Hafursey

September 2015: Fieldwork at Kronebreen, Svalbard. Two weeks spent retrieving 8 cameras, which have been in place over summer 2015

July – August 2015: Fieldwork at Tunabreen, Svalbard. Three weeks spent installing 4 time-lapse cameras, a series of strain meters and thermistors, and collecting aerial survey data using UAVs

April – May 2015: Fieldwork at Kronebreen, Svalbard. Three weeks spent re-installing 4 time-lapse cameras and installing 4 new time-lapse cameras

August – September 2014: Fieldwork at Kronebreen, Svalbard. A month spent retrieving time-lapse cameras and attempting hot water borehole drilling

April – May 2014: Fieldwork at Kronebreen, Svalbard. Three weeks spent installing 7 time-lapse cameras and 2 GPS units over the glacier

May 2013: Fieldwork at Sólheimajökull, Iceland. One week spent installing a time-lapse camera and conducting surveys using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)