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Professor Doug Benn Professor of Environmental Change, School of Geography & Sustainable Development


Areas of expertise: glaciers & ice sheets; Arctic; Antarctic; Himalaya; climate change; sea level rise

Before joining St Andrews, Professor Benn was Professor of Glaciology at the University Centre in Svalbard (2006 to 2015). He has over 30 years experience of research into glacier science in the Arctic, the European Alps, the Himalaya, Britain, and North and South America. His research interests include glacio-speleology (exploration and study of ice caves in glaciers), glacier surges, iceberg calving, the stability of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, and the ancient ‘Snowball Earth’ global ice ages. He has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and is the lead author of the leading textbook Glaciers and Glaciation.


Research profile

Associated posts

Melting the snowball earth theory

Geoscientists in Scotland have found evidence against the controversial theory that the Earth was completely frozen for periods of many millions of years.

Areas of expertise

Environmental change: rising sea levels Glacier calving Global warming