Dr Ben Galton-Fenzi: PhD (QMS), BSc (Hons EnvSc), Cert MarSc
I am a senior scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division. As part of this role I lead a team of researchers focused on understanding how and why the Antarctic ice sheet will respond to climate change. I received my PhD in oceanography in 2009, which focused on understanding the mechanisms controlling the dynamic interaction between the ice sheets and the oceans.
I have worked in several remote, deep field locations, including Law Dome, the Amery Ice shelf and most recently the Totten Glacier (leading field seasons since 2016). The Totten is one of the largest glaciers in Antarctica and thought to be susceptible to rapid retreat due to a warming climate, and one of the main potential contributors to global sea level rise. My focus is on integrating observations, theory and models.
Australian Antarctic Science projects
- #4574: State estimate of East Antarctic ice shelves
- #4511: ICECAP – EAGLE
- #5145: Helicopter trials of ground penetrating radar on glaciers
- #4436: Totten ice dynamics and evolution
- #4287: Ocean forced evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet
- #4346: ICECAP II
- #4096 Interactions between ice shelf and ocean in the cavity beneath the Amery Ice Shelf
National & international projects
- ARC Discovery: Predicting biodiversity distribution on the Antarctic continental shelf (2019–2022)
- Finnish Academy of Science: Coupled ocean and land ice dynamics (COLD)