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Michael Hambrey

Prof. Michael Hambrey is Director of the Centre for Glaciology at the Aberystwyth University in Wales, United Kingdom. He teaches Geology and Physical Geography at the university, and his group has developed probably the world's first taught Masters degree in Glaciology.

Mike's research interests include: Cenozoic glacial history of Antarctica; processes of debris-entrainment and transfer in glaciers, structural glaciology of Arctic and Alpine valley glaciers, and the Earth's ancient glacial record. He has published about 150 scientific papers and several books, including a university-level textbook, “Glacial Environments” (1994), and popular books on “Glaciers” with Jürg Alean (2nd edn. 2004) and “Islands of the Arctic” with Julian Dowdeswell (2002).

Mike has undertaken glaciological fieldwork in Norway, the Swiss Alps, South America, the Himalaya, the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica. For his work in the polar regions he was awarded the “Polar Medal” by Her Majesty the Queen (1989) and has been honoured with the naming of “Hambrey Cliffs” on James Ross Island, Antarctica. He serves on a number of UK national and international committees dealing with glacial and polar issues.