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Professor Jemma Wadham

Professor Jemma Wadham

Professor Jemma Wadham
B.A.(Cantab.), PhD

Professor in Glaciology

Area of research

Ice and biogeochemical cycles

Office Priestley Room, 12 Berkeley Square
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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+44 (0) 117 42 82352


I am interested in all hydrological and biogeochemical processes that occur within glacier and ice sheet systems and in their fore fields and which have a potential regional or global impact.

My research interests span three primary fields:

1) Determining the role of glaciers and ice sheets in regulating global biogeochemical cycles, including evaluating the impacts of nutrients/carbon exported from ice sheets upon marine productivity and the impact of methane emission from subglacial and permafrost wetlands upon the atmosphere;

2) Understanding water flow through cryospheric systems and the associated feedbacks with ice dynamics and glacial ecosystems; and

3) Development and validation of in situ sensing technologies and autonomous platforms for the survey of icy ecosystems, including subglacial lakes and ice stream beds


I conducted my first degree (B.A., M.A.) in Physical Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK. I subsequently persued a PhD at the University of Bristol, undertaking at short post-doctoral research post at the University of Leeds in isotope geochemistry, before returning to Bristol to take up a tenured post at the Bristol Glaciology Centre. I recently stood down as the Head of the Graduate School and am now Impact Director in the School of Geographical Sciences. 




Year 1 - "the Cryosphere" lectures in Physical Geography

Year 2 - Physical Geography field course (Arolla, Switzerland)

Year 3 - "Ice, Oceans and the Global Carbon Cycle" unit

Year 4 - MSc in Climate Change, Science and Policy Literature Review Unit


  • Ice sheets and biogeochemical cycles
  • Subglacial chemical weathering
  • Glacier hydrology and hydrochemistry
  • In situ chemical sensors for icy ecosystems



School of Geographical Sciences

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