Professor Tavi Murray
Tavi is professor of glaciology, head of Swansea's glaciology group, and a deputy Pro Vice Chancellor at Swansea. In 2007 Tavi was awarded the Polar Medal by the Queen for outstanding service to polar research. A world authority in glaciology, Tavi Murray is at the forefront of research that informs the debate on one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change. She is particularly interested in glacier flow and instability. With her colleagues in the glaciology group, she studies the extent to which glaciers are contributing to rises in global sea level, both now and looking into the future. The group uses a wide variety of techniques including geophysics, numerical modelling and remote sensing. Current field projects span the Arctic, Antarctic and most of the world’s glaciated regions.
Greenland has been the location for one of the group’s major projects, called GLIMPSE, over the past few years. In an interview – available to view in the Breakthrough section of the University website - Tavi explains the purpose of the GLIMPSE project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
Born in Oxford, Tavi has been at Swansea since 2005. She was previously chair of glaciology at Leeds University and has held a visiting professorship in Waterloo, Canada. As well as Greenland, her work has taken her to the Arctic, especially Svalbard in Norway, and the Antarctic, with funding for several of her projects awarded by the Leverhulme Trust. In 2007-8 Tavi was invited to deliver the Bullerwell Lecture, run by the British Geophysical Association.
Tavi is committed to ensuring researchers’ work extends beyond the boundaries of their own specialist areas. At Swansea she is responsible for maximising the wider impact of our research. She is also director of SURF, Swansea University Research Forum, which aims to foster links and collaborative work between researchers from different subjects.