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Ella Gilbert

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ORCiD: 0000-0001-5272-889 | ResearchGate | | LinkedIn

I am mainly interested in the atmosphere and climate, and how different elements of the physical environment interact. I am fascinated by the mechanics of climate change and also keenly aware of the need to understand climate science in order to mitigate its worst effects. To this end, my academic education has largely focused on physical sciences such as meteorology and climatology, alongside the study of how this science might be best used to tackle the problem of climate change.

I obtained a BSc in Environmental Geography and International Development from the University of East Anglia in 2014, with starred First Class honours. I wrote my dissertation on renewable electrification in a squatter settlement in the Philippines, for which I received funding from the Katie Wilkinson scholarship fund at UEA.

My MSc in Climate Change, also from UEA and for which I was awarded a distinction in 2015, built on the foundations laid down in my undergrad, particularly looking at energy and climate systems. I wrote a thesis employing similar techniques and on a very similar topic to my PhD, entitled “Climatological drivers of Antarctic temperature and circulation changes since 1957”.

I have more recently been employed as a writer for Research Features Magazine, which profiles researchers and their current work, and as a science and English language editor of journal submissions from a wide range of disciplines within environmental science for an editing services company.

PhD title: Melting of ice shelves around the Antarctic Peninsula
I’m currently working on a PhD at the British Antarctic Survey, awarded by UEA, as part of the EnvEast DTP.  My PhD examines the atmospheric processes that contribute to the melting of the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. The western side of the peninsula is the most rapidly warming region on Earth, having warmed by roughly 3°C in the last half century. This makes it all the more important to quantify the processes that contribute to change there.

I’m using the Met Office unified model to understand how the surface melting on the Larsen C ice shelf, which is the largest remaining ice shelf on the peninsula, responds to changes in the overlying atmospheric conditions, including circulation features like foehn winds, climatological modes such as the Southern Annular Mode, and changes associated with ozone recovery and greenhouse gas-induced warming.

EGID prize for highest overall degree classification at undergraduate level
UEA continuation scholarship for MSc

Supervisory team
Dr Andrew Orr (BAS)
Dr John King (BAS)
Prof Ian Renfrew (UEA)
Dr Tom Lachlan-Cope (BAS)

Other relevant activities
I have previously worked contributing to and editing publications on a variety of related topics such as science, environment and politics. I have also worked and volunteered for Greenpeace and other environmental organisations. I feel that the media and NGOs both play an important role in engaging the public in environmental and climate science.