Episode 1: Martin Siegert

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The highs and lows of Antarctic science

For my first interview, I met with Martin Siegert, who I’ve known for a few years from meetings and a visit to the University of Edinburgh. Martin is the co-director of the Grantham Institute, a well-known climate institute based at Imperial College London, with a goal to, at least in part, bring climate science into a broader societal discussion.

Martin is best known for his work as a glaciologist, particularly in Antarctica, and particularly for subglacial lakes and remote sensing. In this episode, we delve into Martin’s early life in Suffolk, his early career as a road engineer, and learn about the scientific excitement, terrible disappointment, and ongoing lessons from the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth drilling program in East Antarctica.

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