Finger-rafted sea ice, seen from the helicopter.

Photo: Nick Cobbing

Making Archimedes' Principle accessible during BeWISE event, Birch Aquarium, 2014

Skype workshop with children at the

Kammerspiele Theatre in Munich, 2016

Communicating Science


Communicating science and making it accessible and exciting to others is one of the aspects that I enjoy most about my work.

On the one hand, this involves teaching and outreach activities. During my time as a PhD student at Cambridge, I had the opportunity to teach Mathematics for Natural Scientists to undergraduates. At Scripps I have guest lectured and led a multitude of study and discussion groups on ice and climate dynamics. I further engage in outreach beyond the university when I get the chance, such as BeWISE workshops at the Birch Aquarium or collaborations with the Kammerspiele Theatre in Munich, both pictured on the left.

In December 2015, I was invited to talk about these activities at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, during a workshop hosted by Andrew Revkin of the New York Times, entitled "Revealing the New Arctic - An Arctic Science Communication Workshop". 

On the other hand, it means communicating with media for a wider audience. This page lists some media coverage about research that I've been involved in. 


Our article "How Climate Model Complexity Influences Sea Ice Stability", Wagner & Eisenman, Journal of Climate (2015), is discussed in the Scripps Research Highlight "Arctic Sea Ice Loss Likely To Be Reversible".


My work on the mechanics and state of the polar sea ice covers has featured in a number of mainstream media - here are the main ones (that I'm aware of):


In July 2012 I joined the BBC Science team together with an international group of scientist to study the decay of the largest iceberg in the northern hemisphere:



While the BBC hasn't made this available online (as far as I'm aware), ARTE broadcasted a slightly cut version on French and German TV which you can find on youtube here (French) and here (German).

Melting Ice during Science Evening at De Portola Middle School, San Diego, June 2016

In January-Febuary 2013, we collaborated with ScanLAB Projects to put on an exhibition of scaled ice replicas, made from the 3D scans of sea ice floes that we collected in Fram Strait in 2011/12. The exhibition was shown at the Architectural Association, London. More information can be found here.

Frozen Relic exhibition at the Architecture Association in London, 2013

The background image for this website was taken by Nick Cobbing. 

Visit his website for truly beautiful photographs of sea ice, the Arctic and much more: