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PROFESSOR CHRIS TURNEY

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Communicating  the value of science is more critical than ever. As a scientist I believe we need to show why science is such a wonderful tool for understanding the world around us; not just the headline discoveries but how science actually works. In 2010 I joined the University of New South Wales as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow and Professor of Earth Science and Climate Change to lead a team using the past to better understand the causes and impacts of future environmental change. As part of this I set up and now direct the Earth's Past Future Project, an international, multidisciplinary program dedicated to exploiting records of past change to help reduce the uncertainties surrounding future projections; within this I co-lead the Antarctic Science Project and the Ancient Kauri Project. At UNSW I am Deputy-Director of the Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives Research Centre (known as PANGEA) and a member of the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC).  I am also the UNSW node director and Climate Theme Leader of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). To do something positive about climate change, I am working with a wonderful group of people at CarbonScape,  a carbon refining company that has developed microwave technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, including activated carbon, sustainable fuels and biochar. I have published more than 170 papers in leading journals (including 10 in Nature and Science) and since 2011 have raised more than $3.5 million of Category 1 research funding. If you would like to learn more about my research, further details can be found on ResearchGate, Loop and Google Scholar. I have an h-index of 49 on Google Scholar (44 on Scopus and 51 on ResearchGate) and my ORCID  number is 0000-0001-6733-0993.

 

In 2013-2014, I led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition which aimed to extend over a hundred years of scientific endeavour in the region and communicate the value of science and exploration of this remote and pristine environment (www.spiritofmawson.com). I have written several books. My latest book Shackled (published in Oceania by Penguin Random House) and Iced In (published in North America by Kensington Press) describes the latest scientific thinking from the frozen continent and our expedition's entrapment by a major breakout of decade-old sea ice during the Christmas period. Chronicling the team's discoveries and experiences, I revisit famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's harrowing Antarctic expedition almost a century before when his ship, Endurance, was trapped and ultimately lost to the ice, forcing his team to fight for survival on a vast and treacherous icescape for two years. You can follow my Intrepid Science team in the lab and the field using the full range manner of social media,  including Google+, YouTube and Instagram. Learn more about Intrepid Science by clicking here.

In 2007, I was privileged to be the first recipient of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for outstanding young Quaternary scientist for pioneering research into past climate change and dating the past. In 2008 I was the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize for contributions to understanding the evolution of the Earth's climate over the last 50,000 years and in 2009, the Geological Society of London's Bigsby Medal for services to geology. Most recently I was honoured to be awarded the Australian Academy of Science's Frederick White Prize for the understanding of natural phenomena.

 

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