Bristol professor wins 2013 Martha T Muse Prize
Press release issued: 1 July 2013
Professor Martin Siegert has become the first UK-based researcher to win the US$100,000 Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica. He was commended for his innovative research on Antarctic subglacial lakes and the reconstruction of Antarctic glacial history.
Professor Siegert's research in this field is multidisciplinary and collaborative, and has received significant world-wide attention which Professor Siegert has cultivated to promote public awareness of Antarctic earth and environmental sciences.
He has maintained a successful and diverse research programme, involving multiple multidisciplinary international collaborations. His work has supported the development of early career scientists (for example, his airborne geophysics research, and his convening of major international meetings); international collaborations such as the ICECAP and subglacial lakes activities; and the public understanding of science through outreach work on subglacial lakes and in international symposia.
Professor Siegert's research on Lake Ellsworth and the ICECAP projects have been funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica is a US$100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica. The Tinker Foundation’s goal is to recognize excellence in Antarctic research by honouring someone in the early to mid-stages of his or her career. The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse’s passion for Antarctica and is a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008. Professor Siegert is the first UK-based researcher to win the prize.
Find our more about Professor Siegert's work on sub-glacial Lake Ellsworth