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Laurence Dyke On boat
Laurence Dyke with Hat on

I studied undergraduate Geography at Swansea University.  A second-year field trip to the Austrian Alps brought me close to a glacier for the first time; I remember staring upwards, overwhelmed by the stark, beautiful landscape and the mystery of it all. I was completely hooked and chose to focus on glaciology and past climate change for the remainder of my undergraduate studies.

A few years later I came back to Swansea for a PhD, again focussing on glaciers, this time in Greenland. My research examined the history of some of the largest and fastest glaciers here, trying to understand how and why they have changed in the past so that we can predict their future behaviour. I followed my PhD with 3 years working in Copenhagen as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Again, I researched glaciology in Greenland, although with a focus on what you can learn about glaciers from marine sediments.

This year I have changed career slightly, responding to the call of the wild. I now work as a lecturer and expedition guide in the Arctic and Antarctic. This is pretty varied and can involve: scouting for Polar bears, driving boats, leading wild hikes, and lecturing about glaciology and the geography of Polar areas. Every day at work is spent in the company of huge icebergs and glaciers, and that all started with a Swansea Geography field trip more than a decade ago.