Jon Hawkings


I graduated with a first class MSci degree in Physical Geography from the University of Bristol in 2009. Following graduation, I worked for a large non-ferrous metal recycler and travelled for nearly five months. After I returned from travelling, I worked on a graduate scheme for a large market research consultancy in London, before leaving to pursue a career in science.


In September 2011, I returned to Bristol to undertake a PhD in Glacial Biogeochemistry with Prof Jemma Wadham and Prof Martyn Tranter. For more information, please download my CV here.

Research Interests

Currently my main research interest focuses on the influence of ice sheet meltwater on downstream biogeochemical cycles. I take special interest in the potential of meltwater to naturally "fertilize" marine ecosystems. I'm looking at subglacial weathering processes and the production of bioavailable nutrients for export downstream. My funding comes through a larger research project called DELVE. You can learn more about this by visiting the website in the "Friend" page. In the past, I have helped with research ranging from biogeochemistry of supraglacial environments to chemical tracing of ice sheet hydrology.


I'm part of Bristol Glaciology Centre, but work with the BRIDGE research group and the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol. Combined, these groups cover wide ranging climate research, from climate modelling, to coral reef research and remote sensing of ice sheets. Additionally, I have collaborated with academics from universities in the UK (Leeds, Edinburgh, Southampton) and further afield (Woods Holes Oceanographic Institute)


An important part of my research is fieldwork. Since 2009, I have undertaken five field trips to remote areas in the Arctic totalling over six months. This has included three months in Svalbard and more than three months in Greenland. Additionally, I have also visited the Bahamas as a research assistant, and have supervised undergraduate field trips to the European Alps four times.

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