Donald Slater

I hold a NERC Independent Research Fellowship in Glaciology and Oceanography in the School of Geosciences 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 Institution of Oceanography with Prof. Fiamma Straneo.

I completed my PhD – titled ‘Modeling submarine melt rates at tidewater glaciers in Greenland’ – with Professor 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.