Michael (Mike) Hambrey graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Geography and Geology in 1970 and a PhD in Glaciology in 1974. He then spent three years as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and a further 14 years as a Research Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences and the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Fellow of Edmund’s College.
In 1996 Mike was appointed Professor of Quaternary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences at the Liverpool John Moores University, and 6 years later moved to Aberystwyth University, where he became Director of the Centre for Glaciology. In 2009, Mike stepped down from this position to lead the development of the Climate Change Consortium for Wales (C3W), involving Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea universities. He served as its founding director for a year, and retains an active role in its running.
Mike has undertaken glaciological and geological fieldwork in Antarctica (12 seasons), the Arctic (> 20), the Alps, Himalaya, Andes, Norway, Canada and China. He has written some 200 scientific articles and books. Mike has also twice been awarded the Polar Medal by HRH The Queen (1989 and 2012), and had Hambrey Cliffs on James Ross Island named in his honour.
Mike is also actively involved in the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR), including serving as Secretary of the Geosciences Group (2008-2012), as well as many other international organisations.