Imperial College London

Miss Rachel Bertram

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Postgraduate
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 7137r.bertram14

 
 
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Location

 

2.49MRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Biography

2014 (Oct) to Present: PhD Imperial College London:

"Rates of Melting of the Large East Antarctic Ice Sheet under near Future Environmental Conditions" supervised by Dr Tina van de Flierdt (funded by Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Scholarship)

 

2010 to 2014: MSci Durham University

Research Project (2013-2014): "Assessing and Quantifying the 'Ground Air' Store of Carbon Dioxide Located in the Unsaturated Zone" supervised by Dr James Baldini

Dissertation (2012-2013): "The Influence of Solar Activity on Precipitation Variability in Europe" supervised by Dr James Baldini

Current Research

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"Rates of Melting of the Large East Antarctic Ice Sheet under near Future Environmental Conditions"

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) has an ice volume equivalent to 52m of global sea level rise. Understanding the response of this vast ice sheet to warmer temperatures is critical given anthropogenic climate warming predicted for the near future. In particular, low-lying, marine based areas such as the Wilkes Subglacial Basin, may be vulnerable to periods of climatic warmth. The Pliocene (~2.6 to 5.3 million years ago) is a suitable analogy for future conditions as global temperatures were similar to those predicted for the end of this century. Global mean sea level estimates for this epoch are substantially higher than present and imply a contribution from the EAIS. Previous work has shown that the ice sheet margin at Wilkes Subglacial Basin, retreated by several hundred kilometres in response to warmer periods during the Pliocene. I will be analysing the geochemical composition of detrital material deposited offshore to identify the likely location the ice margin and how rapidly it varied.

 

Research Interests

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  • Paleoclimate
  • Antarctic Science
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Pliocene Studies

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND AWARDS

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  • [Future] Bertram, R.A., van de Flierdt, T., Jimenez-Espejo, F.J., and McKay, R.M., (2016), “Exploring the Rate of East Antarctic Ice Retreat during the Pliocene using Geochemical Provenance Analysis”, [Oral Presentation], To be Exhibited at Geochemistry Group Research in Progress Meeting 2016, 30th-31st March 2016, University of Leeds, UK.
  • Bertram, R.A. (2016), “Taking Stock of Antarctic Rocks”, [Oral Presentation], Exhibited at Earth Science and Engineering Internal 3 Minute Thesis Competition, 15th February 2016, Imperial College London, UK.       Winner of Judges Choice Award
  • Bertram, R.A. and van de Flierdt, T., (2015), “Rates of Melting of the Large East Antarctic Ice Sheet under Near-Future Environmental Conditions”, [Poster], Exhibited at Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP Conference 2015, 14th September 2015, Imperial College London, UK.
  • Bertram, R.A. (2016), “Will East Antarctic Melt? And if so, How Fast?” [Oral Short Presentation], Exhibited at Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP Conference 2015, 14th September 2015, London, UK.     Winner of Audience Choice Award
  • Bertram, R.A., and Baldini, J.U.L., (2014) “Quantifying the Large Terrestrial “Ground Air” Carbon Reservoir on Geological Timescales”, [Poster], Exhibited at the Karst Record VII International Conference, 29th September – 3rd October 2014, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bertram, R.A., (2014), “Assessing and Quantifying the “Ground Air” Store of Carbon Dioxide Located in the Unsaturated Zone” [Oral Presentation], Exhibited at Durham University 2014 Rising Stars Research Symposium, 23rd June 2014, University of Durham, UK.             Winner of Audience Choice Award for Best Presentation