Tinker-Muse Prize Award Recipients

2017 - Matthew England (Australia)

For his sustained and seminal insights into the influence of the Southern Ocean on the continent and its role in the global climate system

2016 – Rob DeConto (USA)

For his outstanding work on past and future Antarctic climate and for integrating geological data with modelling showing potential sea level rise from ice sheet melt

2015 - Valérie Masson-Delmotte (France)

For her work on the characterization, quantification and understanding of past changes in climate and water cycle, translating the isotopic data to paleo-temperature records.

2014 - Tim Naish (New Zealand)

For his outstanding research in understanding Antarctica’s response to past and present climate change and the role of Antarctica’s ice sheets in global sea-level change through time

2013 - Martin Siegert (UK)

For his innovative research on Antarctic subglacial lakes and the reconstruction of Antarctic glacial history, support of early-career researchers and public outreach

2012 - Steve Rintoul (Australia)

For his profound contribution to our scientific understanding of the Southern Ocean, advancing coordinated international investigation and long-term Southern Ocean observing systems

2011 - José Xavier (Portugal)

For his outstanding research on the predator-prey dynamics that sustain populations of albatrosses, penguins and other top predators in the Southern Ocean

2010 - Helen Fricker (USA)

For her discovery of active sub-glacial lakes, showing that these lakes form dynamic hydrologic systems, where one lake can drain into another in a short period of time

2009 - Steven Chown (South Africa)

For his outstanding research on invasive species and the effect of climate change and human interactions on Antarctica and for his advice to the Antarctic Treaty System

Muse 2015 Valerie receives awardThe Martha T. Muse Prize Award Ceremony 2015 was held at Palazzo Franchetti, part of the Istituto Veneto in Venice, on Thursday, September 3rd. Dr Valérie Masson-Delmotte received the Martha T. Muse Prize from Renate Rennie, Chairman and President of the Tinker Foundation, and the Chair of the Selection Committee, Prof. Peter Barrett.

Muse 2015 Valerie presentationThe event took place during the PAGES Antarctica2K meeting being held at Palazzo Franchetti, which included many of Dr Masson-Delmotte's close colleagues.


Muse 2015 Valerie with colleaguesA recording of the live webcast of the ceremony and the acceptance speech are available on YouTube.


Top right: Valérie Masson-Delmotte receives the Muse Prize from Renate Rennie, Chair of the Tinker Foundation, with Peter Barrett, chair of the Selection Committee.  Left: Valérie making her acceptance speech with a presentation outlining her plans for the future.  Above right: Valérie chatting with colleagues at the prize ceremony reception.