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Rebecca Dell

Rebecca Dell

PhD Student

I am a glaciologist researching ice shelf (in)stability through a range of remote sensing based techniques. My current work is focussed on surface and subsurface melt on the Nivlisen Ice Shelf, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica.

Biography

Qualifications

  • 2017- present: PhD in Polar Studies, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (Christ's College), UK. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). CASE Studentship with the British Antarctic Survey, where Hamish Pritchard is an additional supervisor. Thesis: Changing surface hydrology, strain rates, and fracture distribution across Antarctic Ice Shelves.
  • 2016-2017: MPhil in Geography at Newcastle University, UK. Thesis: 'Interactions between glacier dynamics, ice structure, and climate at Fjallsjökull, southeast Iceland'
  • 2013-2016: BSc (Hons) (First Class) in Geography, University of Durham (St Cuthbert's Collee), UK. Thesis: 'The controls on catastrophic calving events on East Antarctic Glaciers, from 1989 to 2015'.

Awards and grants

  • 2018: World Climate Research Programme Grant for the European Space Agency Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training School (~ £360)
  • 2018: Christ's College Graduate Travel Grant for the EGU General Assembly (£400)
  • 2017: NERC PhD Studentship awarded by the Cambridge ESS DTP (~ £78,000)
  • 2017: Fieldwork and Conference Supplementary Funding from the School of Politics, Geography, and Sociology, Newcastle University for the EGU General Assembly (£750)
  • 2017: Geography Masters Scholarship from Newcastle University (£3600)

Research

My research uses remote sensing methodologies to better understand the spatio-temporal variation of factors that affect ice shelf (in)stability. I am focussing on three factors: (i) ice shelf surface and sub-surface hydrology, (ii) ice shelf velocities and strain rates, and (iii) ice shelf structural evolution. I am using a combination of optical remote sensing and radar remote sensing techniques, which are particularly useful for the identification of subsurface melt.

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Dell, R., Carr, R., Phillips, E., & Russell, A. J. (2019). Response of glacier flow and structure to proglacial lake development and climate at Fjallsjökull, south-east Iceland. Journal of Glaciology, 1-16.

Conference contributions

  • Dell, R., Willis, I., Arnold, N., Banwell, A., Pritchard, H., (2019). Applying semi-automated methods to investigate the changing surface hydrology of Antarctic ice shelves. ESA Living Planet Symposium.
  • Dell, R., Banwell., A., Willis, I., Arnold, N., Pritchard, H., (2018). The Changing Surface Hydrology of the Nivlisen Ice Shelf, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. AGU Fall Meeting
  • Dell, R., Willis, I., Arnold, N., Banwell, A., Pritchard, H., (2018). Applying semi-automated methods to investigate the changing surface hydrology of the Nivlisen Ice Shelf, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. IGS British Branch
  • Dell, R., Banwell, A., Willis, I., Arnold, N., Pritchard, H. (2018). Changing Surface Hydrology, strain rates, and fracture distribution across Antarctic Ice Shelves. European Geosciences Union General Assembly
  • Dell, R., Banwell, A., Willis, I., Arnold, N., Pritchard, H. (2018). Changing Surface Hydrology, strain rates, and fracture distribution across Antarctic Ice Shelves. Antarctic Surface Hydrology Workshop
  • Dell, R., Carr, R., Russell, E., Phillips., E. (2017). Structural dynamics and calving behaviour at Fjallsjokull, South-East Iceland. European Geosciences Union General Assembly
  • Dell, R., Carr, R., Russell, E., Phillips., E. (2017). Structural dynamics and calving behaviour at Fjallsjokull, South-East Iceland. Quaternary Research Association Annual Discussion Meeting

Teaching

  • Supervisor, Geographical Tripos, Part 2 Physical Geography: Glaciology (2019-present)
  • Supervisor, Geographical Tripos, Part 1B Physical Geography: Glacial Processes (2018-present)
  • Supervisor, Geographical Tripos, Part 1A Physical Geography: The Cryosphere (2018-present)
  • Demonstrator, Geographical Tripos, Part 1A GIS and Cartography, University of Cambridge (2019-present)
  • Demonstrator, Geographical Tripos, Part 1B GIS and Spatial Data Analysis, University of Cambridge (2018-present)
  • Demonstrator, Geographical Tripos, Part 1A Geographical Skills and Methods, University of Cambridge, (2019-present)
  • Demonstrator, Physical Geography, Newcastle University, 2016-2017
  • Demonstrator, Glacial Environments, Newcastle University, 2016-2017

External activities

Committee roles

  • Cambridge NERC ESS DTP Student Representative (2017-present)
  • Geography Department Graduate Student Representative (2017-Present)
  • Athena Swan Committee Graduate Student Representative (2018-present)
  • Sponsorship and Fundraising Organiser for Durham University Boat Club (2014-2015)

Other affiliations

  • Cambridge University Women's Boat Club Member (2017-present)
  • European Geosciences Union
  • Women in Geospatial