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SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

  • Prof Pippa Whitehouse

Pippa Whitehouse webProf Whitehouse is a leading expert on glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA), the response of the solid Earth to changes in ice and ocean loading as ice sheets change with time. She implements numerical models of GIA and is equally expert on records of past ice sheet configurations and sea level change. In landmark papers, she completed a continent-wide reconstruction of the Antarctic ice sheet and a new GIA model for Antarctica, with major implications for future sea level rise. Prof Whitehouse took on leadership of the SCAR SERCE (Solid Earth Response and Influence on Cryosphere Evolution) SRP, implementing high-profile science activities and highly successful Training Schools.

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  • Prof Elisabeth Sikes

Elisabeth Sikes webProf Sikes’ contributions to Southern Ocean/ Antarctic Science spans her involvement in the science communities in three countries (Australia, New Zealand and the United States). An active expeditioner, she has participated in 16 oceanographic voyages; seven in the SO. She mounted 3 successful, major coring expeditions to the SO and led two as chief scientist. Prof Sikes actively serves the Antarctic/Southern Ocean scientific community: Since 2017, she has served as a member of the SCAR Southern Ocean Regional Panel (SORP: co-sponsored by CLIC & CLIVAR) and currently serves as SORP co-chair (since 2019).

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SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

  • Prof Stephen Ackley

Steven Ackley web

During a career that has encompassed the mechanical, physical, biological, biogeochemical properties of sea ice, Prof Ackley has initiated, undertaken, or participated in several international programmes and partnerships, including the SCAR Expert Group on Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate for which he was the founding Chair in 1998. Prof Ackley has been Lead or Co-lead on many international expeditions as well as a great champion of new technologies such as UAVs for under-ice work. He has mentored generations of sea ice researchers, going well beyond his own students and country, bringing together researchers from sub-disciplines and attracting scientists from other disciplines to sea ice.


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SCAR Medal for Education and Communication

  • Dr Bethan Davies

Bethan Davies web

She is passionate about the communication of the polar regions, more specifically Antarctica’s past, present and future. Dr Davies wrote and developed the Antarctic Glaciers website ( as part of her commitment to outreach, education and communication. The website has over 4 million views and is used as a teaching resource by many (>20) universities and numerous schools as well as being cited by outlets such as the New York Times and NASA. It has been recognised with a Certificate of Excellence in Geological Education by the Geologists’ Association. Dr Davies has also been instrumental in getting funding for and producing educational activities including a Polar Environments Day for 150 school students from diverse or lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

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SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

  • Dr W Berry Lyons

Berry Lyons webOver a long and distinguished career, Dr W Berry Lyons has undertaken a range of research that is interdisciplinary and international in scope, based on strong collaborations and partnerships and demonstrating unsurpassed creativity and originality in design and execution. His research interests are broad and have crossed scales from the geochemistry of dust particles to contributing to the state of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Climate systems. His impact is exceptional, as judged by his commitment to the success and development of colleagues, co-workers, and students. He is an excellent public speaker and the knowledge and advancements in science produced by his research have had wide societal impact in terms of policy and public awareness.

Read pdf Berry's full citation (227 KB) .

SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

  • Dr Carlota Escutia

Carlota Escutia webThrough her visionary co-leadership of SCAR’s Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics (PAIS) programme, and as a founding member and co-chief of its predecessor Antarctic Climate Evolution (ACE), Dr Carlota Escutia has enabled fundamental discoveries and understanding of Antarctic ice sheet history, and ice sheet behaviour as a consequence of global warming. She has been a driving force connecting SCAR and the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) over the last 20 years, successfully bringing the scientific ocean drilling and Antarctic communities together through her energetic, strategic, positive, and diplomatic approach. A major hallmark of her leadership is her mentorship of the next generation of Antarctic researchers and leaders.

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SCAR Medal for Education and Communication

  • Dr Huw Griffiths

Huw Griffiths web

A specialist in polar marine biology, Dr Huw Griffiths has maintained a commitment to science education and communication throughout his career, sharing the wonder of polar science, particularly his own field of marine biology, with diverse audiences. He is an authentic and passionate advocate for making science understandable and available to everyone, connecting with students of all ages and giving minority students contact with Antarctic researchers. Huw is also a great communicator via social media. As the lead editor of the international Pride in Polar Research twitter feed, he has helped to change the narrative around diversity and inclusion in polar science, to raise awareness, change behaviours and to bring the discussion into the open.

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SCAR President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Antarctic Science (awarded by Prof Steven L Chown)

  • Dr Valérie Masson-Delmotte

Valerie Masson Delmotte webDr Valérie Masson-Delmotte is a Senior Researcher at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’environnement (at CEA), France, and Co-Chair of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Valérie is widely known for her research on palaeoclimates in the Antarctic and in other regions of the world, especially through the exploration of data from ice-cores. Over more than 20 years, Valérie has worked with an extensive range of researchers across many disciplines to deliver unprecedented knowledge about the behaviour of the Earth System. Much of this work has concerned how the Antarctic provides a record of, and contributes to, variability of the planet’s climate. Her most well-known roles have been through her work with the IPCC, her advice to the government of France, and her engagement with many other decision makers.

Valérie responded: "I would like to thank you deeply for this honour. I have the highest respect for the work of SCAR. I have been extremely impressed by the reports that SCAR prepared on the Antarctic climate and environment. It has been an inspiration for me to work more across disciplines. I am surprised that SCAR gives a medal to a scientist who has never been to Antarctica - I’ve worked on ice core samples, I’ve worked on modelling aspects but I was never part of Antarctic field work. So I feel very humble with this honour, and more than ever motivated to share knowledge and to trigger action because I think, for the future of Antarctica, for the future of ecosystems, for the future of the ice sheet, action is really urgently needed, and I hope all of you will also be ambassadors asking for urgent action. Thank you very much."

Read pdf Valérie's full citation (242 KB) from SCAR President Prof Steven L Chown.


SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

  • Professor Michael Hambrey

Michael Hambrey photoProfessor Michael Hambrey, Emeritus Professor of Glaciology at Aberystwyth University, UK, was recognised for his distinctive insights into the field of glaciology and of particular note the application of our understanding of modern glacial processes to interpreting ancient glacial sequences. Michael Hambrey's work was acknowledged as often the first thorough analysis in a particular sector, but if not, it was invariably groundbreaking.

After receiving the news about his award, Michael commented "I am delighted and honoured to receive the 2018 SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research. I have been fortunate to investigate modern glaciers in many parts of the world, and be able to use the knowledge gained to interpret older glacial sequences in Antarctica and elsewhere. This work could not have been undertaken without the wonderful collaboration I have had from colleagues around the world, notably the Antarctic community, with whom it has been a pleasure to work. I thank them for their contribution, and the SCAR Executive Committee in making this award."

SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

  • Professor Terry Wilson

Terry Wilson SCAR MedalProfessor Terry Wilson, Professor at the Ohio State University, USA, was recognised for her long-standing contributions and leadership of the Solid Earth sciences within SCAR. Terry Wilson's contributions were acknowledged with outstanding service noted as SCAR Vice-President, Chief Officer and heading the “Dynamic Earth” component of the Horizon Scan activity. Along with wider national and international leadership roles beyond SCAR, her commitment to supporting the next generation of researchers through a wide range of international training schools were particularly appreciated.

After receiving the news about her award, Terry commented "I am delighted and surprised! I have learned through SCAR the many ways that international and interdisciplinary perspectives and participation leverage science and result in greater excellence and global impact. Working together with international colleagues has been an inspiration and a pleasure in my career – this recognition is thus especially gratifying, and I am greatly honored to receive the SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination."

SCAR Medal for Education and Communication

  • Professor James McClintock

James McClintock 2018 Medal webProfessor James McClintock, Professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA, was recognised for his important research and educational efforts with their emphasis on Antarctic climate change and impacts on a unique marine biology. The award also acknowledges their focus on increasing awareness of the uniqueness of Antarctica, the protection of its ecosystems, and the inherent value of sustaining it. These represent a sustained commitment to communicating the understanding of Antarctic issues to both his peers and to the general public.

After receiving the news about his award, James commented "I am both honored and thrilled to have been selected for the inaugural SCAR Medal for Education and Communication. This recognition is not only personally rewarding, but will further enhance opportunities for me to speak and write widely on the uniqueness of Antarctica, the importance of protecting its diverse marine ecosystems, and especially its capacity to focus public attention on the global issue of anthropogenic climate change."


SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

  • Dr. Robert Dunbar, USA

Robert Dunbar webDr. Dunbar, Professor at Stanford University, California, USA, has contributed many important advances to our knowledge of environmental changes in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean both now and in the past. In addition, SCAR would like to note his particular selfless dedication to scientific investigation, support of early career researchers, ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and the leadership he has given to the SCAR community.

After receiving the news about his award, Rob commented, "Wow wow wow! That is my reaction as this is surprise – a really nice one! I’ve always worked in Antarctica as part of a team, sometimes as a team leader and sometimes as a follower – so any recognition for excellence in Antarctic research is in fact a tribute to lots of people and many programs. What makes me most happy is the recognition for international collaboration and for supporting other scientists – at all levels of experience. We have many scientific grand challenges to be solved in Antarctica, challenges that impact the entire world. We can only meet them by working together as scientists from many nations – and by making sure we have the next generation of Antarctic investigators well-trained, well-funded, and well-prepared.

SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

  • Prof. Dr. Heinrich Miller, Germany

Heinrich Miller webDr. Miller has an outstanding breadth of expertise and scientific contribution across glaciology, geophysics and applications to ice core research. Of particular note has been his active involvement in SCAR and significant contribution to large-scale international scientific projects, as well as his involvement in the Council of Managers for Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the Antarctic Treaty, helping link SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and his leadership in and vision for Antarctic science.

After receiving the news about his award, Heinz commented, "I feel greatly honoured by receiving the SCAR Medal for International Coordination and I thank those who thought me worthy enough for this award. However, all I have ever done in Antarctic science was just governed by my fascination for science on and around this beautiful continent.

SCAR President's Medal for Outstanding Achievement (awarded by Prof Jerónimo López-Martínez)

  • Prof. Francisco Hervé, Chile

Francisco Herve webProf. Hervé was selected for his sustained scientific contributions and distinguished career, linked to Antarctica for 50 years and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to knowledge and impact on understanding of Antarctic geological history and its relationships with the Andes and South America. He has also developed and maintained relationships with many institutions and at least 50 scientists from 13 countries, in addition to his exemplary dedication to development of students and postgraduates, with the supervision of more than 93 degree, Master and PhD. thesis. He has served the community from relevant positions in international and Chilean scientific organizations and programmes, including 35 years of participation in SCAR subsidiary bodies. His generous, discrete and kind character, has gained the respect and friendship of numerous scientists around the world. [..]"

Read pdf the full citation (286 KB) from SCAR President Jerónimo López-Martínez and the response from Professor Hervé.


SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

Steven ChownSteven L. Chown

In recognition of his extensive contributions to Antarctic science and policy and to SCAR.

Steven Chown has contributed significantly to our understanding of Antarctic biology and its broader relevance in the earth system. He has produced a significant body of work about the region, has delivered key insights that resonate in several areas of biology, and has facilitated the work of many Antarctic scientists through research leadership. His policy impacts have been equally profound. His own research has had a major impact on non-native species policy in the Antarctic and, as a member of the SCAR team attending the Antarctic Treaty meetings, he has also seen to the delivery of policy-ready work on other areas of science.


SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

In recognition of the leadership and vision each has shown through their collaborative and coordination roles in the science community (Joint Award)

Chuck Kennicutt Rasik Ravindra

Mahlon (Chuck) Kennicutt II

Without Chuck’s Kennicutt’s leadership in international coordination on subglacial lake exploration, the scientific programmes currently taking place on Lake Vostok, Lake Whillans and Lake Ellsworth would not have occurred. That these programmes, and other aspects of subglacial exploration, have built a strongly connected, international community is testament to the effectiveness of his ability to gather and develop international cooperation in research planning. Without his community service to subglacial Antarctic lake environments, the science currently being undertaken, and the international links between programmes, would not have been possible.

Rasik Ravindra

As Vice-President for CBET, Rasik Ravindra raised the profile of SCAR capacity building, providing considerable energy and efforts to bring funds to support early career researchers, and critical input for the new visiting professor scheme. As head of the Indian Antarctic Programme, he encouraged and guided several scientific programmes and increased the involvement of young researchers in SCAR science through his enthusiastic support. His international impact was considerable as Vice Chair of COMNAP and head of the Indian delegation at numerous Treaty Meetings. As chair of the Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFOPS), he was key in raising the profile of Antarctic research in India and other Asian countries and successfully built scientific collaborations between Asia, South America, Europe and Australia.



SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

SCAR President's Medal for Outstanding Achievement (awarded by Chuck Kennicutt)


SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination (joint award)


SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

Angelika Brandt 2008 Medal web



SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

Claude Lorius 2008 Medal web




SCAR President's Medal for Outstanding Achievement (awarded by Chris Rapley)

Vladimir Kotlyakov 2008 Medal web





SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination

SCAR President's Medal for Outstanding Achievement (awarded by Jörn Thiede)


SCAR medal winners 2006 web