I am a polar oceanographer interested in the interaction of the ocean with the cryosphere, and have currently published more than 30 research articles in this area. If you are interested in my research citation metrics you could look at ResearchID, the research tab on this page, or go to Google Scholar.
My main teaching contribution is to the Environmental Awards area of the University curriculum and in November 2012 I won the Times Higher Education Award for "Most Innovative Teacher of the year" (link and official citation). I have also won three Open University Teaching Awards for my work.
I have a strong interest in the public understanding of science and have given many public lectures and visited schools to speak on polar and climate science. For example in March 2013 I gave a talk at TEDx Southampton University.
I have given news interviews to the BBC and Sky News, appeared on live radio, e.g. Radio 4's Saving Species, on recorded radio e.g. Radio 4's Making History. I have written articles for newspapers such as The Times and written a blog called Our Man in the Antarctic on my Antarctic research for open.net. My research has also been reported on the BBC website here in a story that was one of the most popular on the BBC website for a few days.
The Open University has moved on from late night lectures to prime time television programmes which attract large numbers of viewers but retain science and education at their core. In working in this area I have had the good fortune to have worked with the BBC Natural History Unit on many landmark series and was the Principal Academic Advisor to the multi award winning BBC/OU co-production series Frozen Planet. I have also been a named consultant on several other landmark television programs including Planet Earth and Blue Planet.
The BBC www site for Frozen Planet is here.
The Open University Site supporting the series is here.
You can get your free map of the Arctic and Antarctic here.
Or look at our wonderful interactive map here.
You can also take an OU course linked with the series called S175 Frozen Planet which consists of a 259 page book, and online activities which use material from Frozen Planet, Life in the Freezer, Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and specially shot material from the Frozen Planet series. There is a small "taster" section of this course available free online here.
You can find me on twitter as @icey_mark
And I have a few polar pictures on Flickr
And I have a blog at Mallemaroking.org. If you want to know what that word means you can visit the site to find out.
1992-1995: PhD in Polar Oceanography from Cambridge University, Thesis title Winter surface water mass modification in the Greenland Sea.
1985-1989: BSc (Honours) Physics, University of Surrey.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
I am a member of the American Geophysical Union.
I am a member of the International Glaciological Society, and
I am a member of the Challenger Society for Marine Science.
I am currently a Module Team member of the third level course S330 Oceanography.
I am a member of the Module Team for the MSc course S808 Earth Systems Science
Previous production contributions
I have written and contributed at all levels in the university.
At level 1 (Equivalent first year undergraduate)
I wrote and chaired S175 The Frozen Planet with David Robinson (Ecosystems and Biodiversity), with Contributions from Tim Jarvis and Elizabeth Hawker and Audrey Brown. A free on-line "taster" of this course is available here. In December 2012 this course won an OU Teaching Award for excellence.
I co-wrote Block 2 of the Level 1 Course U116 Environment: journeys through a changing world on the Arctic with Dr Joe Smith from Geography. This course won an OU teaching award for excellence. A free on-line "taster" of the section of the course I wrote is available here.
At level 2 (Equivalent Second year undergraduate)
At level 3 (Equivalent third year undergraduate)
I was chair and co-author of Block 1 Environmental Changes Global Challenges of the third level Environmental Course U316 The Environmental Web. My co-author was Dr Nigel Clark (Geography) and together we wrote and prepared activities about the Antarctic. This course won an OU Teaching Award for excellence.
At MSc Level (postgraduate)
I was chair and sole author of approximately 20% of S808 Earth science: a systems approach. The subject of the section I wrote is called The Cryosphere and Ocean Circulation.
External to the Open University
In 2005 and 2007 I lectured about The Cryosphere at the NERC funded QUEST Earth Systems Science Summer School with Professor Martin Siegert and Dr Finlo Cottier.
My research interests are Antarctic polar oceanography. My particular strengths have been cross disciplinary work and use of robotic and remote sensing technologies. I have active collaborations with Germans, Japanese, American and of course British researchers. For a full list of my publications please look on Open Research online. One aspect of my research was reported by the BBC in 2010 as Giant icebergs head to watery end at island graveyard here - and for a couple of days the story was one of the most popular on the BBC website.
If you are interested in things like citation metrics then you could look here. I have a H index of 21 to 23 (depending on which database you look at) as of 17 December 2012 - but I would not be so bold as to suggest what this means I am like as a scientist.
I also have a page on Google Scholar here.
I am a member of the NERC Peer Review College, and have sat on many grant panels acting as Vice Chair on many occasions. I was also co-chair of the NERC Ice Sheet Stability Expert Group with Professor Tony Payne (Bristol).
My recently completed competitively won grants are:
2004-2007: Biogeochemical particle flux study in Marguerite Bay, Antarctica. £280k joint award with Professor Tim Jickells (University of East Anglia), Professor Andy Clarke and Dr Mike Meredith (both British Antarctic Survey). This grant investigated the oceanic climate of the Antarctic Peninsula and linked it to land and marine derived biogeochemical fluxes using moorings and sediment traps deployed for 2 years on the Antarctic sea floor. Dr Mags Wallace was awarded a doctorate based on this research project in 2008.
2002-2006: Moorings to investigate intra-annual variability in krill abundance and water mass physical characteristics at South Georgia. This was a £301K Joint award with Dr Eugene Murphy (British Antarctic Survey). we made the first year-round oceanic measurements at South Georgia – the site of an important Antarctic commercial fishery.
2002- 2006: The sea ice thickness distribution in the Amundsen Sea. Lead and sole PI on a NERC studentship tied to the AUTOSUB Under Ice programme using a robot beneath Antarctic sea ice. Dr Chris Banks was awarded his doctorate in 2007.
2002 -2006: Evolution and impact of circumpolar deep water on the Antarctic Circumpolar Shelf. £135k in total. joint award with Dr Adrian Jenkins (British Antarctic Survey). This grant was to investigate the role of oceanic driven climate change in the potential collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Shelf. We calculated the amount of heat avaliable to melt the Pine Island and Thwaites Glacier flowing towards Antarctica through a glacial trough - a region memorably described as "the weak underbelly of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet". The work was published in Geophysical Research Letters in 2007.
1998-2002: Under sea-ice and pelagic surveys (USIPS).We used the robot Autosub for acoustic surveys of krill, herring and ice thickness and were awarded £114K in total in a joint award with Dr Andrew Brierley (St Andrews), and Dr Paul Fernades (MARLAB). The research was very successful, achieved many firsts, and has led to many publications including in the journals Nature and Science.
I am currently working on the data collected from an extensive research cruise to the floating ice shelves of west Antarctica. I wrote about this research cruise in my blog. One aspect of my current research was reported by the BBC in 2010 as Giant icebergs head to watery end at island graveyard here - and for a couple of days the story was one of the most popular on the BBC website.
I have had a long standing interest in the public understanding of science and have given many public talks about polar science.I have had the pleasure of speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival twice: In 2011 on Fridjof Nansen, and in 2012 on my work on Frozen Planet.
In March 2013 I was honoured to be invited and gave a talk at TEDx Southampton University 2013 on what the polar regions can teach us.
I have also worked on Antarctic tour ships as both a lecturer and guide for a well known company and actually worked on this ship before it sadly sank.
last updated 30-Apr-2013