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

Matthew EnglandThe 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica has been awarded to Professor Matthew England of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

Professor England has made sustained and seminal contributions to Antarctic science through his profound insights into the influence of the Southern Ocean on the continent and its role in the global climate system.  He has played significant leadership roles in international programmes such as the Climate and Ocean – Variability, Predictability, and Change (CLIVAR) and Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) projects, demonstrating a strong commitment to collegiality, capacity building and the global impact of Antarctic science.  Importantly, Professor England has consistently shown a rare ability to translate global issues to local impacts and, in an engaging and accessible way, to the general public. 

He has led the world in championing the importance of Southern Ocean water-masses and circulation in global climate, pioneering our understanding of the Southern Annular Mode and its influence on the coupled ocean-ice-atmosphere system, quantifying rates and pathways of the Southern Ocean overturning circulation, and discovering new insights into the physics of tropical-high latitude teleconnections. 

Professor England's homepage at the Climate Change Research Centre of the University of New South Wales.