Dr Mark Brandon

Reader in Polar OceanographyDr Mark Brandon

Email mark.brandon@open.ac.uk

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I am a polar oceanographer interested in the interaction of the ocean with the cryosphere. My particular strengths have been cross disciplinary work and use of robotic and remote sensing technologies in remote locations. I have active collaborations with Germans, Japanese, American and of course British researchers.  For a full list of my research publications please look on Open Research online.

If you are interested in things like citation metrics  then apparently I have a H index of 23 to 25 (depending on which database you look at) - but I would not be so bold as to suggest what this means I am like as a scientist. I have an online presence at ResearchID, and Google Scholar.

I am a core member of the NERC Peer Review College Panel B, and have sat on many grant panels acting as Vice Chair on many occasions. I was also co-chair of the NERC Ice Sheet Stability Expert Group with Professor Tony Payne (Bristol).

I love talking about science and am committed to public outreach. have worked as scientific advisor on many landmark television series including Frozen Planet and Coast. You can hear about what I did on Frozen Planet in this episode of the Radio 4 Saving Species series.  I have also been a named consultant on several other landmark television programs including Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

One aspect of my research was reported by the BBC in 2010 as Giant icebergs head to watery end at island graveyard and for a couple of days the story was one of the most popular on the BBC website. I also talked about icebergs and the Titanic on this episode of the Radio 4 series Making History.

I have also given many outreach talks at various science festivals, summer schools and schools including the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Cambridge Science Festival. You can hear an example my presentation style in this short TEDx talk I gave at TEDx Southampton University in 2013 called What the poles can telling us about our world.


My main teaching contribution is to the Environmental Awards area of the University curriculum and I have led and written modules at all levels in the Open University offers qualifications in.

In November 2012 I won the Times Higher Education Award for "Most Innovative Teacher of the year" (official citation). I have also won three Open University Teaching Awards for my work.

Innovative Teacher of the Year 2012
Innovative Teacher of the Year 2012

Other online presence

I have an online webpage called mallemaroking.org. If you want to find out what that word means you will have to follow the link. I am also on twitter as @icey_mark, and on Flickr as m.a.brandon, and you can find me on Linkedin.

Society membership

I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

I am a member of the American Geophysical Union.

I am a member of the International Glaciological Society, and

I am a member of the Challenger Society for Marine Science.

Recent publications