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Department of Geography



Phoebe Jackson

MPhil in Polar Studies student

Spatial and temporal variability of Antarctic Ice Shelf surface rivers.



  • BSc Geography First Class Honours, Durham University (2019-2022)


  • Scott Polar Research Institute Debenham Scholarship Award (2022)
  • RGS Young Geographer of the Year (2017)


My research is focused on the spatial and temporal variability of the Nansen surface river, East Antarctica, and the implications of this on the stability of the Nansen Ice Shelf. Using remote sensing and numerical flow modelling, I am researching variability in how the surface river exports meltwater off of the ice shelf, the response of the ice shelf to this, and I seek to evaluate the potential evolution of the surface river into an ice shelf estuary.

External activities

Film and photography

  • Content Creator for global collaborative environmental charity campaign 'Rewriting Extinction' (2020-2021)
  • Production Intern on Earth Minutes x Durham University Collaboration Project RENU (Research Expedition for Net Zero and Universal Learning) for L2 Glaciers and Glaciation module (2021)


  • Cambridge University Women's 1XV Blues Rugby Squad