Emily Shuckburgh

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Emily Shuckburgh

Emily Fleur Shuckburgh
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford (BA); University of Cambridge (PhD)
OccupationScientist, author
Years active2000–present
EmployerBritish Antarctic Survey

Emily Fleur Shuckburgh, OBE, is a climate scientist, mathematician and science communicator. She leads the Data Science Group and is Deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey and is a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. Her research interests include the dynamics of the atmosphere, oceans and climate. She is a theoretician, numerical modeller and observational scientist.


Shuckburgh attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where she earned a BS in Mathematics in 1994. She subsequently completed a PhD in Applied mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 1999. Shuckburgh performed post-doctoral research at Ecole Normal Superieure in Paris from 2001 to 2003 and at MIT in 2005 as a Visiting Scientist, working in the areas of atmosphere and ocean dynamics.[1]


In 2000, Shuckburgh became a research fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge, and a fellow in mathematics in 2003; as of 2019 she holds several positions within the University of Cambridge – she is an associate fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy[2] and fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.[3]

She joined the British Antarctic Survey in 2006 where she led the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Ocean Regulation of Climate by Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports (ORCHESTRA) project. She became the Survey's head of Open Oceans in 2009, and was promoted to deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team in 2015; she also leads the Data Science Group. Her research interests include the dynamics of the atmosphere, oceans and climate. She is a theoretician, numerical modeller and observational scientist.[1]

Shuckburgh is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, where she is co-Chair of their Climate Science Communications Group and a former Chair of their Scientific Publications Committee.[4] She acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the NERC.[1]

Science communication[edit]

Shuckburgh has written on climate science, sustainability and women in science for publications including the Financial Times,[5] New Statesman[6] and The Sunday Times.[7] She has also written books, and was co-author of Climate Change for the Ladybird Expert series with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper.[8] She serves on the board of the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[9]

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours for "services to science and the public communication of science".[10]


  • Shuckburgh, Emily; Chambers, Catherine (2015) [2014]. The Coolest Jobs on the Planet: Polar Scientist. London: Raintree. ISBN 978-1-406-28011-1.
  • HRH The Prince of Wales; Juniper, Tony; Shuckburgh, Emily (26 January 2017). Climate Change. illus. Ruth Palmer. London: Ladybird Books. ISBN 978-0-7181-8585-5.


  1. ^ a b c "Emily Shuckburgh - British Antarctic Survey". bas.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  2. ^ "Dr Emily Shuckburgh – Networks of evidence and expertise for public policy". csap.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  3. ^ kla29@cam.ac.uk. "Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Fellow – Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership". cisl.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  4. ^ "FRMetS Register | Royal Meteorological Society". rmets.org. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  5. ^ "An opportunity for innovation rather than a challenge". Financial Times. 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  6. ^ "Innovative Britain" (PDF). The New Statesman.
  7. ^ "Women's Lab" (PDF). The Sunday Times.
  8. ^ 1948–, Charles, Prince of Wales; Juniper, Tony; Shuckburgh, Emily. Climate change. illus. Ruth Palmer. London. ISBN 978-0-7181-8585-5. OCLC 973272219.
  9. ^ CaSE. "CaSE | CaSE Team". sciencecampaign.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  10. ^ "New Year's Honours – Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE". darwin.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-31.