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Dr Tom Jordan

Dr Tom Jordan

Dr Tom Jordan
BSc(Manch.), Msc(R'dg), PhD(Bristol)

Marie Curie Individual Fellow

Area of research

Radio Glaciology and Geophysics

Office S1, 12 Berkeley Square
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Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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In my current research, funded as part of the EU Horizons 2020 program, I investigate the englacial and subglacial properties of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets using radar sounding data. I am particularly interested in applying advanced remote sensing techniques to extract glaciologically-relevant information. This includes using radar polarimetry to measure ice crystal fabric, radar interferometry to measure ice velocity, and radiometry and scattering analysis to infer the presence of subglacial water. Overall objectives include providing new constraints for numerical ice-sheet models and investigating ice-flow history and subglacial hydrological systems. I have also collaborated on projects involving radio propagation modelling for in-ice neutrino experiments, target detection in planetary radar sounding, development of ice-sheet digital elevation models, and radar investigation of subglacial geomorphology.

My graduate research focused on the characterization of photonic structures in marine animals using optical polarimetry and electromagnetic modelling. This included investigating mechanisms of polarized light reflectance in silvery fish and mantis shrimp, with a view toward uncovering biomimetic `design’ principles for application in optical devices.


My taught education comprises a BSc in Physics with Theoretical Physics (University of Manchester, 2006), and a MSc in Meteorology and Numerical Modelling (University of Reading, 2008). I obtained my PhD degree from the University of Bristol in 2014, specialising in the optics of disordered biological media. My advisors were Prof. Nicholas Roberts and Prof. Julian Partridge in the Ecology of Vision Group, Biological Sciences, and the research was funded as part of the EPSRC Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences.

In late 2014 I changed research fields to radar geophysics and spent the next two and half years as a postdoctoral research associate in Bristol Glaciology Centre, Geographical Sciences. This research was part of the NERC funded project Basal Properties of Greenland led by Prof. Jonathan Bamber. From August 2017-present I have been a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow, funded as part of the Horizons 2020 program, joint between Stanford Geophysics (the Radio Glaciology group led by Prof. Dustin Schroeder) and the Bristol Glaciology Centre.


Physics Teaching Assistant, (University of Bristol 2012-2013)

Mathematics Teaching Assistant, (University of Reading 2007-2008)

IGS Radio Glaciology Conference Lecturer, (Stanford University 2019)



  • Radioglaciology
  • Geophysics
  • Applied Electromagnetism
  • Visual Ecology.



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