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Professor Mike Bentley, BSc PhD

Mike joined Council as a staff member on 1 August 2012 and is a member of the Finance Committee. He is Professor of Physical Geography and Head of Department in the Department of Geography at Durham having been appointed as a Lecturer in 2000 and was promoted to Reader in 2006 and Professor in 2009.

Growing up in Hexham, Northumberland, he obtained a BSc in Geology from Edinburgh University in 1991 followed by a PhD in Glacial Geology in 1995. He worked as a Geomorphologist for Scottish Natural Heritage, before returning to Edinburgh University in 1996 as a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

His research focuses on the Antarctic Ice Sheet and climate change and in particular the way that the past history of changes to the ice sheet can be used to better understand its current and future behavior. He has published over 90 research papers or book chapters, including recent papers in Science and Nature.

His research work has received wide external recognition resulting in a number of appointments to grant-awarding bodies, international and national scientific steering committees, and government expert advisory panels. Mike's research has been primarily funded by the NERC through a series of grant awards since 1996, and has been covered by the UK broadcast, press and online media.

His contributions to Antarctic research have been recognised by the award of the Polar Medal (2011) by The Queen and the quinquennial WS Bruce Medal (2005) from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Royal Scottish Geographical Society. In 2008-9 he was awarded an Erskine Visiting Fellowship to study at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand where he is also an Adjunct Professor. He was awarded the Charles Lyell Award for Science Communication in 2003 by the British Association for the Advancement of Science and received a University of Durham Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.