Dr Chris Fogwill
ARC Future Fellow
Field of Research: 
Southern hemisphere glaciology, palaeoclimatology
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 8957

Room 462
Mathews Building (F23)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects

Chris is a glacial geologist and palaeoclimatologist, who uses direct geochronological techniques to reconstruct the configuration of the Earths ice sheets over timescales from centuries to millennia. His research aims to improve estimates of the past contribution of ice sheets to sea level rise to enable better prediction of future sea-level rise.

These records add an important long-term perspective on recent observations of rapid ice sheet in the polar regions from remote sensing and empirical observations. Ongoing research projects include understanding the response of ice sheets and glaciers over millennia to climate forcing in locations ranging from Greenland, Svalbard, Patagonia and Antarctica. Chris is also a Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Exeter and an Associate Editor for Antarctic Science.

Chris also runs the UNSW ICELAB which provides high-precision water chemistry analysis and fluorescence spectrometry capability to analyze dissolved organic matter (DOM) within a dedicated Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) approved quarantine laboratory specifically for water and ice samples from Antarctica.

Research Students


Dr Jake Boex (PhD awarded 2011) – From ice sheet to icefield: a 3D reconstruction of the Patagonian ice mass at 47oS



CLIM3001 Climate Systems Science



Fogwill, C.J., Turney, C.S.M.T, Meissner, K.J., Golledge N.R., Spence, P., Roberts, J.L., England, M.H., Jones, R.T. Carter, L. (2014) Testing the sensitivity of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet to Southern Ocean dynamics: past changes and future Implications. Journal of Quaternary Science. Vol. 29(1) 91–98.

Sugde­­n, D.E., Fogwill C. J., Hein A. S., Stuart F. M., Kerr A. R., Kubik P. W. (2014) Did glacial erosion cause the Shackleton Range to emerge from beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet? Geomorphology. In press. 

Hillenbrand, C.D., Bentley M.J., Stolldorf, T.D., Hein, A.S., Kuhn, K, Graham, A.J.C., Fogwill, C.J., Kristoffersen, Y., Smith, J.A., Anderson, J.A., Larter, R.D. Melles, M., Hodgson, D.A., Mulvaney, R., Sugden, D.E. (2014).  Reconstruction of changes in the Weddell Sea sector of the Antarctic Ice Sheet since the Last Glacial Maximum. Quaternary Science Reviews. In press

Hein, A.S., Fogwill, C.J., Sugden, D.E., Xu, S. (2014) Interpreting the scatter of cosmogenic-nuclide exposure ages in the Shackleton Range, Antarctica: implications for glacial history, Quaternary Geochronology, 19. 52-66.

Bentley, M.J. and the Raised Consortium (inc. Fogwill). A community-based reconstruction of Antarctic Ice Sheet deglaciation since the Last Glacial Maximum. Quaternary Science Reviews. In Press

Turney, C.S.M.T., Fogwill, C.J. van Ommen, T.D, Moy, A.D., Etheridge, D. Rubino, M Curran, M.A.J., Rivera. A. (2013). Late Pleistocene and early Holocene Change in the Weddell Sea: A New Climate Record from Patriot Hills, Ellsworth Mountains, West Antarctica. Journal of Quaternary Science. 697-704.

Golledge, N.R., Levy, R.H., McKay, R.M., Fogwill, C.J., White, D.A., Graham, A.G.C., Smith J.A., Hillenbrand, C.D. Licht K.J., Denton G.H, Ackert, R., Maas, S.M, Hall, B.L. (2013) Glaciology and geological signature of the Last Glacial Maximum Antarctic ice sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews. 78: 225-247.

Boex, J. Fogwill, C.J. Glasser, N.F. Hein, A. Schnabel, C. Xu, S. Harrison. S. (2013) Rapid thinning of the late Pleistocene Patagonian Ice Sheet followed migration of the Southern Westerlies. Nature Sci. Rep.3:2118.

Golledge, N. R., Fogwill, C. J., Mackintosh, A. N. & Buckley, K. M., Dynamics of the Last Glacial Maximum Antarctic ice-sheet and its response to ocean forcing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences109, 16052-16056.

Hughes A.L.C., Rainsley E.B., Murray T., Fogwill C.J.,Schnabel C., Xu S. (2012) Rapid response of Helheim Glacier, South-east Greenland to early Holocene climate warming. Geology

. 40. 427-430.

Le Brocq, A.M. Bentley, M.J. Hubbard, A., Fogwill, C.J., Sugden, D.E. & Whitehouse, P.L. (2011) Reconstructing The Last Glacial Maximum Ice Sheet In The Weddell Sea Embayment, Antarctica, Using Numerical Modelling Constrained By Field Evidence.Quaternary Science Reviews. 30(19-20).

Hein, A.S. Fogwill, C.J., Sugden, D.E., Xu, S. (2011) Glacial/interglacial ice sheet stability in the Weddell Sea embayment, Antarctica. Earth and Planetary Science Letters307 (2011) 211221.

Fogwill, C.J., Hein, A.S., Bentley, M.J., Sugden, D.E. (2011) Do blue-ice moraines in the Heritage Range show the West Antarctic Ice-sheet survived the last interglacial?Palaeo. Paleao. Palaeo. 335–336.

Bentley, M.J., Fogwill, C.J., Sugden D.E., Le Brocq, A.M., Hubbard, A., Dunai, T. and Freeman, S., (2011)  Deglaciation of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Weddell Sea precludes a major contribution to Meltwater Pulse1A. A Reply. Geology; 39(5): 240 - 240.

Bentley, M.J., Fogwill, C.J., Le Brocq, A.M., Hubbard, A., Sugden D.E., Dunai, T. and Freeman, S. (2010)  Deglaciation of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Weddell Sea precludes a major contribution to Meltwater Pulse1A, Geology38, 411-414.

Kaplan, M., Fogwill, C.J, Sugden, D., Hulton, N., Kubik, P. & Freeman, S. (2008) Southern Patagonian glacial chronology for the Last Glacial period and implications for Southern Ocean climate. Quaternary Science Reviews,27, 284.

Bentley, M. J., Evans, D. J. A., Fogwill, C. J., Hansom, J. D., Sugden, D. E. & Kubik, P. W. (2007) Glacial geomorphology and chronology of deglaciation, South Georgia, sub-Antarctic. Quaternary Science Reviews. 26:644-677.

Bentley, M.J. Fogwill, C.J. Kubik, P.W. and Sugden, D.E. (2006) Geomorphological evidence cosmogenic 10Be/26Al exposure ages for the Last Glacial Maximum configuration of the Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet. Geological Society of America Bulletin. 118, 1149-1159.

Everest, J.D., Bradwell, T., Fogwill, C.J. and Kubik, P.W. (2006) Cosmogenic 10Be age constraints for the Wester Ross Readvance moraine: insights into British Ice-Sheet behaviour. Geografiska Annaler.Vol. 88 A(1):1-9.

McCulloch, R.D. Fogwill, C.J. Sugden, D.E. and Bentley, M.J. and Kubik, P.W. (2005)Chronology of the last glaciation in central Strait of Magellan and Bahia Inútil, southernmost South America. Geografiska Annaler.Vol. 82A. 2, 289–312.

Sugden, D.E., Bentley M.J., Fogwill C.J., Hulton N.R.J., McCulloch, R.D. and Purves, R.S. (2005) Late-Glacial Glacier Events in Southernmost South America: A Blend of 'Northern' and 'Southern' Hemispheric Climate Signals? Geografiska Annaler.Vol. 82A. 2, 273-288.

Turner, K.J., Fogwill C.J., McCulloch R.D., and Sugden D.E. (2005) Deglaciation of the Eastern Flank of the North Patagonian Icefield and Associated Contintental-Scale Lake Diversions. Geografiska Annaler.Vol. 82A. 2,363-374

Fogwill, C.J.and Kubik, P.W. (2005) A glacial stage spanning the Antarctic Cold Reversal in Torres del Paine, Chile, based on cosmogenic exposure ages. Geografiska AnnalerVol. 82A., 2, 403-408.

Fogwill, C.J. Bentley, M.J. Sugden, D.E. Kubik, P.W and Kerr, A. (2004) Cosmogenic nuclides 10Be and 26Al imply limited Antarctic Ice Sheet thickening and low erosion in the Shackleton Range for >.1 m.y. Geology. Vol.32; no 3. 265-268.