Dr Tristram Irvine-Fynn

PhD in Geography – Glaciology (University of Sheffield, UK, 2008) MSc in Geography – Glaciology (University of Calgary, Canada, 2004) BA in Geography (University of Cambridge, UK, 2001)

Dr Tristram Irvine-Fynn


Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

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Tris initially joined DGES in Feb 2011 as a process glaciologist Research Fellow employed through the C3W initiative. With earlier experience on temperate alpine glaciers, Tris started researching High-Arctic glaciology on Svalbard in 2000. Supported by a Canadian Memorial Foundation Scholarship, he worked on utilising ground penetrating radar (GPR) to delineate hydrological connections and changes within Stagnation Glacier, Bylot Island, Canadian Arctic; this project yielded an MSc from University of Calgary which was awarded the Chancellors Medal. Subsequently, he returned to the University of Sheffield for his PhD research: a detailed hydrological study of Midtre Lov?nbreen, Svalbard. Tris was then employed at Sheffield - funded by The Leverhulme Trust as a PDRA and NERC as a Research Co-Investigator - focusing on projects exploring the "greening of retreating arctic glaciers" in collaboration with the University of Bristol. This area of research has continued in Tris' tenure of the C3W Fellowship, with focus on novel techniques to monitor supraglacial characteristics and processes and close collaboration with colleagues in IBERS. In particular, his interests include the hydraulics of near-surface ice, the seasonal development of ice surface roughness and albedo, and feedbacks linked to the important ecological niche that glacier surfaces represent. Throughout his research career Tris has contributed to teaching across a wide range of physical geography courses, including ones based at UNIS (Svalbard).


Group Affiliation

  • Centre for Glaciology (CfG)
  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Microbiology (iCEM)
  • Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W)

Research Interests

Tris' research interests are focussed on process glaciology and hydrology, particularly in the High-Arctic:

  • Glacier thermal regime and hydrology
  • Supraglacial processes and ecology
  • Method development for process glaciology
  • Paraglacial dynamics in arctic catchments


Gokul, J, Mur, L, Hodson, AJ, Irvine-Fynn, T, Debbonaire, A, Takeuchi, N & Edwards, A 2023, 'Icescape-scale metabolomics reveals cyanobacterial and topographic control of the core metabolism of the cryoconite ecosystem of an Arctic ice cap', Environmental Microbiology, vol. 25, no. 11, pp. 2549-2563. 10.1111/1462-2920.16485
Kamintzis, JE, Irvine-Fynn, T, Holt, T, Jones, JPP, Porter, PR, Jennings, SJA, Naegeli, K & Hubbard, B 2023, 'Morphology, flow dynamics and evolution of englacial conduits in cold ice', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 415-432. 10.1002/esp.5494
Williams, R, Griffiths, H, Carr, RJ, Hepburn, A, Gibson, M, Williams, J & Irvine-Fynn, T 2022, 'Integrating historical, geomorphological and sedimentological insights to reconstruct past floods: Insights from Kea Point, Mt. Cook Village, Aotearoa New Zealand', Geomorphology, vol. 398, 108028. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.108028
Murakami, T, Takeuchi, N, Mori, H, Hirose, Y, Edwards, A, Irvine-Fynn, T, Li, Z, Ishii, S & Segawa, T 2022, 'Metagenomics reveals global-scale contrasts in nitrogen cycling and cyanobacterial light-harvesting mechanisms in glacier cryoconite', Microbiome, vol. 10, no. 1, 50. 10.1186/s40168-022-01238-7
Stevens, IT, Irvine-Fynn, TDL, Edwards, A, Mitchell, AC, Cook, JM, Porter, PR, Holt, TO, Huss, M, Fettweis, X, Moorman, BJ, Sattler, B & Hodson, AJ 2022, 'Spatially consistent microbial biomass and future cellular carbon release from melting Northern Hemisphere glacier surfaces', Communications Earth & Environment, vol. 3, no. 1, 275. 10.1038/s43247-022-00609-0
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