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Tavi Murray (2023)

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Tavi Murray

Dr Tavi Murray (University of Swansea, UK) has research interests that permeate all aspects of glacier dynamics with significant contributions to our understanding of surging and tidewater glaciers.

She is also an expert field and observational scientist, having led over 25 field seasons in glacierized regions including Greenland, Antarctica, the Arctic and the Alps. With these efforts, Dr Murray has played a pivotal leadership role in the glaciological community locally, regionally and internationally over the past two decades.

Dr Murray’s contributions include roles as a member of the International Glaciological Society Council (1992–2002), Vice-President (2001–03) and President (2003–05) of the IGS British Branch, Chair of the NERC Geophysical Equipment Facility Steering Committee (2003–06), member (2002–04), President (2015–17) and Past-President (2017/18) of the AGU Cryosphere Science Executive Committee, member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales (2010–present) and Expert Reviewer (2005/06) and Lead Author (2010–14) for the IPCC.

Dr Murray played a central role in the creation and growth of the AGU Cryosphere section, which now stands as a thousand-strong community.

Dr Murray also established the IGS Global Seminar Series in 2020, which continues to this day with over 900 subscribers to the IGS YouTube channel.  This virtual IGS seminar series provided a key forum to keep our community together during the extremely trying and isolating times of the pandemic.

Dr Murray has been a strong advocate for promoting public understanding of science, widening engagement in science and establishing positive research cultures within our discipline. She is a passionate communicator, regularly writing popular science articles and frequently participating in lectures, talks and outreach events with community groups, school children, policy makers and scientific bodies. For example, the public exhibits on the Greenland Ice Sheet that she has hosted at the National and Youth Eisteddfods and the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition reached tens of thousands of people.

Through her scientific and community leadership, Dr Murray has provided a strong, positive role model for glaciologists over three decades.  Through her research, mentoring and community service, Dr Murray has inspired young scientists, especially girls, women and members of under-represented minority groups, to work on environmental issues and climate change, thereby broadening the  pool of talent dedicated to these important problems.

On behalf of the Awards Committee of the International Glaciological Society
Jeremy Bassis, Chair.