Dr Chris Fogwill
Adjunct Professor
Field of Research: 
Southern hemisphere glaciology, palaeoclimatology

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.



Fogwill, C.J., van Sebille, E., Cougnon, E.A., Turney, C.S.M., Rintoul, S., Galton-Fenzi, B., Clark, G.F., Marzinelli, E.M., Rainsley, E.B., Carter, L., (2016). Evidence of a developing polynya off Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica, triggered by stranding of iceberg B09B. The Cryosphere. Discussions

Phipps. S.J., Fogwill, C.J. Turney. C.S.M. (2016). Impacts of marine instability across the East Antarctic Ice Sheet on Southern Ocean dynamics. The Cryosphere. Discussions

Turney, C.J., Jones, R.T. Lister, D. Jones, P., Williams, A. Hogg, A. Thonmas, Z. Compo, G.P., Yin, X., Fogwill, C.J., Palmer, J. Colwell, C., Allan, R. Visbeck, M. (2016). Anomalous mid-twentieth century atmospheric circulation change over the South Atlantic compared to the last 6,000 years. Environmental Research Letters.11(064009).

Turney, C.S.M., Palmer, J., Bronk Ramsey, C., Adolphi, F., Muscheler, R., Hughen, K.A., Staff, R.A. Jones, R.T., Thomas, Z.A., Fogwill, C.J., Hogg, A. (2016). High-precision dating and correlation of ice, marine and terrestrial sequences spanning Heinrich Event 3: Testing mechanisms of interhemispheric change using New Zealand ancient kauri (Agathis australis). Quaternary Science Reviews 02/2016; 137:126-134.

Turney, C.S.M., Palmer, J., Hogg, A., Fogwill C.J., Jones, R., Bronk-Ramsey, C., Fenwick, P., Grierson, P., Wilmshurst, J, O’Donell, A., Thomas, Z., Lipson, M. (2016). Multi-decadal variations in Southern Hemisphere atmospheric 14C: Evidence against a Southern Ocean sink at the end of the Little Ice Age CO2 anomaly. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 30. 10.1002/2015GB005257

Winter, K. Woodward, J, Dunning, S.A., Turney, C.S.M., Fogwill, C.J., Hein, A.S., Golledge, N.R., Bingham, R.G., Marrero, S.M. Sugden, D.E., Ross, N. (2016). Assessing the continuity of the blue ice climate record at Patriot Hills, Horseshoe Valley, West Antarctica, Geophysical Research Letters. 02 /2016.

Turney, C.S.M., McGlone, M., Palmer, J. Fogwill, C.J. Hogg, A. Thomas, Z.A., Lipson, M., Wilmhurst, J.M. Fenwick, P., Jones, R.T., Hines, B., Clark, G.F. (2016). Intensification of Southern Hemisphere westerly winds 2000–1000 years ago: evidence from the subantarctic Campbell and Auckland Islands (52–50 ̊S). Journal of Quaternary Science. 31(1):12-19.

Wood, J.R. Wilmshurt, J.M., Turney, C.S.M., Fogwill, C.J.: Palaeoecological signatures of vegetation change induced by herbivory regime shifts on subantarctic Enderby Island. Quaternary Science Reviews 134. 51-58.

Turney, C.S.M., Thomas, Z. Hutchinson. D., Bradshaw, C.J.A., Brook, B.W., England, M., Fogwill, C.J., Jones, R.S. Plamer, J., Hughen, J.A., Cooper, A.  (2015).  Obliquity-driven expansion of North Atlantic sea ice during the last glacial. Geophysical Research Letters. 42(23):10382-10390.

Fogwill, C.J., Phipps S.J. Turney, C.S.M., Golledge, N.R. (2015) Sensitivity of the Southern Ocean to enhanced regional Antarctic ice sheet melt water input. Earth’s Future. 10/2015; 3(10).

Golledge, N.R., Kowalewski, D.E. Naish, T.R., Levy, R.H., Fogwill. C.J., Gasson, E.G.W. (2015).  The multi-millennial Antarctic commitment to future sea-level rise. Nature. 526. 421.

Fogwill, C.J., Turney, C.S.M., Hutchinson. D., Tasheto, A., England, M. (2015). Obliquity control on Southern Hemisphere climate during the last glacial. Scientific Reports. 06/2015; 5:11673.

  Turney, C.S.M., Fogwill, C.J., Klekociuk, A., van Ommen. T., Curran, M., Moy, A., Palmer, J. (2015). Tropical and mid-latitude forcing of Antarctic temperatures. The Cryosphere 9.2405-2415

 Jones, R. Fogwill, C.J. et al., (2015). Rapid Holocene thinning of an East Antarctic outlet glacier driven by marine ice sheet instability Nature Communications. 6. 8910.

van Sebille, E., Waterman, S., Barthel, A., Lumpkin, R., Keating, S.R., Fogwill, C.J., Turney, C.S.M. (2015) Pairwise surface drifter separation in the Western Pacific Sector of the Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans. 10/2015; 120(10)

Wilson, K-J., Turney, C.S.M., Fogwill, C.J., Blair, E. (2015). The impact of the giant iceberg B09B on Population size and breeding success of Adélie penguins in Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica. Antarctic Science. In press.

C. S. M. Turney, R T Jones, C Fogwill, J Hatton, A N Williams, A Hogg, Z A Thomas, J Palmer, S Mooney, R W Reimer: (2015) A 250-year periodicity in Southern Hemisphere westerly winds over the last 2,500 years. Climates of the Past.

Bracegirdle, T. J., Bertler, N. Carleton, A. M., Ding, Q., Fogwill, C. J., Fyfe, J. C. Hellmer, H., Karpechko, A. Y., Kusahara, K., Larour, E., Mayewski, P., Meier, W. N., Polvani, L. M., Russell, J. L., Stevenson, S. L., Turner, J., van Wessem, J. M., Wainer. I. (2015). A process-based approach to climate model evaluation for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 05/2015.

Clark, G., Marzinelli, E.M., Fogwill, C.J., Turney, C. and Johnston, E.L. (2015) Effects of sea-ice cover on marine benthic communities: A natural experiment in Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica. Polar Biology. On line early view.

Golledge, N.R., Menviel. L, Carter, L., Fogwill, C.J. England, M.H., Cortese, G., Levy, R.H., (2014) Antarctic contribution to meltwater pulse 1A from reduced Southern Ocean overturning. Nature Communications. Vol. 5.

Fogwill, C.J., Mackintosh, A., Marchant, D., Bingham, R. (2014). Standing on the shoulders of giants. Antarctic Science. Vol. 26(6): 602.

Wilson, K.J. Fogwill C.J., Turney, C.S.M., Hunter, J. (2014).  Low numbers and apparent long-term stability of South Polar Skuas (Stercorarius Maccormicki) at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica. Marine Ornithology. In press.

Fogwill, C.J., Turney, C.S.M., Golledge, N.R., Rood, D.H., Hippe, K., Wacker, L., Wieler, R., Rainsley E.B., Jones R.S. (2014). Drivers of abrupt Holocene shifts in West Antarctic ice stream direction from combined ice sheet modelling and geologic signatures. Antarctic Science. Vol. 26(6): 674.