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Dr Kate Winter

VC Fellow

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Vice Chancellors Research Fellow in Extreme Envronments within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University.

As an applied physical geographer I use ice penetrating radar and remotely sensed imagery to comprehend and characterise the subglacial environment (morphology, geology and hydrology) and flow dynamics of ice streams in Antarctica. I am particularly interested in the topographic controls on ice flow and the entrainment and transportation of sediment through the glacial system.

I am passionate about education and outreach. I develop and teach on various undergraduate modules, focussing on ice, climate, geology and science communication and I supervise research projects at all levels (undergraduate, masters and PhD). I work with the faculty education and outreach team NUSTEM to develop effective outreach initiatives for the wider public. 

Kate Winter

Campus Address

Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Monitoring Icequakes in East Antarctica with the Raspberry Shake, Winter, K., Lombardi, D., Diaz-Moreno, A., Bainbridge, R. 1 Sep 2021, In: Seismological Research Letters
  • Slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces: The effect of oil on the water repellence of hydrophobic and superhydrophobic soils, McCerery, R., Woodward, J., McHale, G., Winter, K., Armstrong, S., Orme, B. 1 Mar 2021, In: European Journal of Soil Science
  • Early Last Interglacial ocean warming drove substantial ice mass loss from Antarctica, Turney, C., Fogwill, C., Golledge, N., McKay, N., van Sebille, E., Jones, R., Etheridge, D., Rubino, M., Thornton, D., Davies, S., Ramsey, C., Thomas, Z., Bird, M., Munksgaard, N., Kohno, M., Woodward, J., Winter, K., Weyrich, L., Rootes, C., Millman, H., Albert, P., Rivera, A., van Ommen, T., Curran, M., Moy, A., Rahmstorf, S., Kawamura, K., Hillenbrand, C., Weber, M., Manning, C., Young, J., Cooper, A. 25 Feb 2020, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • Subglacial topography and ice flux along the English Coast of Palmer Land, Antarctic Peninsula, Winter, K., Hill, E., Gudmundsson, G., Woodward, J. 17 Dec 2020, In: Earth System Science Data
  • Major Ice Sheet Change in the Weddell Sea Sector of West Antarctica Over the Last 5,000 Years, Siegert, M., Kingslake, J., Ross, N., Whitehouse, P., Woodward, J., Jamieson, S., Bentley, M., Winter, K., Wearing, M., Hein, A., Jeofry, H., Sugden, D. 1 Dec 2019, In: Reviews of Geophysics
  • Radar-detected englacial debris in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Winter, K., Woodward, J., Ross, N., Dunning, S., Hein, A., Westoby, M., Culberg, R., Marrero, S., Schroeder, D., Sugden, D., Siegert, M. 10 Sep 2019, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Testing and application of a model for snow redistribution (Snow_Blow) in the Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica, Mills, S., Le Brocq, A., Winter, K., Smith, M., Hillier , J., Ardakova, E., Boston, C., Sugden, D., Woodward, J. Dec 2019, In: Journal of Glaciology
  • Controls on subaerial erosion rates in Antarctica, Marrero, S., Hein, A., Naylor, M., Shanks, R., Winter, K., Woodward, J., Dunning, S., Westoby, M., Sugden, D. 1 Nov 2018, In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • Corrigendum to “The million-year evolution of the glacial trimline in the southernmost Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica” [Earth and Planetary Science Letters 469 (2017) 42–52] (The million-year evolution of the glacial trimline in the southernmost Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica (2017) 469 (42–52), (S0012821X17301851), (10.1016/j.epsl.2017.04.006)), Sugden, D., Hein, A., Woodward, J., Marrero, S., Rodés, Á., Dunning, S., Stuart, F., Freeman, S., Winter, K., Westoby, M. 15 Nov 2018, In: Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • Topographic steering of enhanced ice flow at the bottleneck between East and West Antarctica, Winter, K., Ross, N., Ferracciolo, F., Jordan, T., Corr, H., Forsberg, R., Matsuoka, K., Olesen, A., Casal, T. 28 May 2018, In: Geophysical Research Letters

Further Information

Key involvement with the scientific community:

  • Member of the Sceintific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) AntArchitecture working group:
  • Ad-hoc member for the Antarctic Place-names Committee:
  • Involved in the International Glaciological Society (IGS), where I co-hosted the British Branch Meeting at Northumbria University in 2019
  • Organiser of the Physical and Environmental Sciences Departmental Seminar Series at Northumbria University
  • Reviewer for various academic journals


  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc (Hons)

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