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Professor Jemma Wadham

Professor Jemma Wadham

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

Professor in Glaciology/Director of the Cabot Institute

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 was previously Head of the Graduate School, Impact Director and Research Director in the School of Geographical Sciences. I am now Director of the Cabot Institute for the Environment. 




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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