Donald Slater


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I hold a NERC Independent Research Fellowship in Glaciology and Oceanography at the University of Edinburgh. My research centres on understanding the effect of the ocean on the Greenland Ice Sheet, with a view to improving projections of ice sheet mass loss and sea level contribution.

I sit on the steering groups of the Greenland Ice Ocean Science Network and the Joint Commission on Ice-Ocean Interactions. I recently led the development of ocean boundary conditions for Greenland ice sheet models taking part in ISMIP6. Previously, I was a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews with Prof. Doug Benn, and a Postdoctoral Scholar at Scripps Insitution of Oceanography with Prof. Fiamma Straneo.

I completed my PhD - titled 'Modeling submarine melt rates at tidewater glaciers in Greenland' - with Prof. Pete Nienow at the University of Edinburgh in August 2017. My background is in Mathematics and Physics; I achieved a Distinction in Part III Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2012 and a First Class Honours in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Edinburgh in 2011.


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