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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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My current research focuses upon investigating the basal and internal properties of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets using airborne radio-echo sounding data. This includes identifying regions of basal water, characterising the roughness of the basal interface, and constraining englacial temperature. My research methods incorporate electromagnetic modelling, geostatistics and signal processing. An overall goal of this research is to provide new constraints for thermomechanical ice-sheet models.

My past research focused upon the application of techniques from the physics of disordered systems to animal reflectors. 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 University of Bristol in 2014, specialising in the optics of disorderd 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 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. In August 2017 I began a three year Marie Curie global research fellowship, funded as part of the EU Horizon 2020 programme. From August 2017-August 2019 I will be based in the Radio Glaciology group, Stanford Geophysics, and from August 2019-August 2020 I will return to Bristol Glaciology Centre.


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

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


  • Radioglaciology
  • Geophysics
  • Applied Electromagnetism
  • Visual Ecology.



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