Aberystwyth climate scientist features on BBC arctic broadcasts

12 March 2019

Dr Arwyn Edwards has developed a portable DNA sequencing laboratory that fits into a small rucksack and can be used anywhere in the world.
Dr Arwyn Edwards has developed a portable DNA sequencing laboratory that fits into a small rucksack and can be used anywhere in the world.

A climate scientist from Aberystwyth University is set to feature in a series of BBC Radio 4 broadcasts from the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard this week.

Dr Arwyn Edwards from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences joins BBC Today presenter Martha Kearney and science reporter Tom Feilden for a series of reports on climate change broadcast from the Natural Environment Research Council funds the UK Arctic Station in Ny-Alesund.

Dr Edwards, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Microbiology, will appear on Today as part of a series of broadcasts between 6 and 9am on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March.

Dr Edwards has led over 24 deployments to polar and alpine regions, with 14 of those to Svalbard.

His research interests focus upon understanding the interactions between microbes and glaciers by using state-of-the-art genomic analyses in the lab and field.

Working with Oxford Nanopore he has developed a portable DNA sequencing laboratory that fits into a small rucksack and can be used anywhere in the world.

As part of the broadcast, Dr Edwards will be testing to see whether microbes overwinter on glacier surfaces.

This will be second time Dr Edwards has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Last year, during a live broadcast of Today from Aberystwyth University, Dr Edwards and colleagues sequenced DNA live on air.

Dr Edwards also featured in the 2018 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, with biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster, Professor Alice Roberts, and genetics expert Professor Aoife McLysaght, as they addressed the most fundamental of questions, “Who am I?”.

You can follow this week’s broadcast from Svalbard on twitter: @arwynedwards / @BBCr4Today / @BBCTomFeilden / @Marthakearney / @Arctic_Office / #UKinArctic

Contacts

Dr Arwyn Edwards
Aberystwyth University
01970 622330/ aye@aber.ac.uk

Arthur Dafis
Communications and Public Affairs
Aberystwyth University
01970 621763 / 07841979452
aid@aber.ac.uk