Ben Galton-Fenzi

PhD (Quantitative Marine Science), BSc(Env Sc Hons1)


PhD (Quantitative Marine Science), Uni. of Tasmania and CSIRO. 2009.

Grad. Cert. in Marine Science, Uni. of Tasmania, 2009.

BSc (Env Sc) Hons1. Murdoch Uni. 2004.

Ben is a co-founder of SkadiNu and an international leader of science focused on the oceans and the cryosphere. His research is focused on understanding how changes in the world's ice sheets are driven by the ocean and can influence global sea level, to better constrain the impacts of climate change on both society and the environment.

Ben has over 10 years experience in bidding and winning competitive multi-million dollar research projects. He has led large and complex projects often to strict funding budgets and time-frames, within remote area logistics constraints across East Antarctica. This includes coordinating multidisciplinary teams to deliver policy, operational and research objectives. Ben also has 7 years experience as a Government Scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division.

Ben has experience in managing and leading large projects with high technical complexity. Through his broad research and project delivery experience and his strong engagement with his industry peers, Ben has built a wide collaborative network and lasting connections with stakeholders across national and international organisations.

Ben is passionate about using science communication and knowledge transfer as a means for informing and improving decision making. He is an active public speaker, delivering public lectures within Australia and overseas, and is a frequent participant in media outreach activities.

Ben has spent multiple summers leading and conducting science in Antarctica, including a field campaign on Law Dome in 2005/06, the Amery Ice Shelf in 2006/07 from Davis Station, Antarctica and in 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 working on the Totten Glacier, East Antarctica, from Casey Station. Most recently he has spent time working in the Yukon on the Kaskawulsh Glacier.

Ben Galton-Fenzi on the Totten Glacier. Photo: Madi Gamble Rosevear



Current committees and memberships

Theme Leader, Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative. Jul 2014–Dec 2019. (on behalf of Australian Antarctic Division)

Project leader (interim), Australian Antarctic Program Partnership. Jul 2019–Jun 2029. (on behalf of Australian Antarctic Division)

Australian liaison to the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS). 2016–ongoing.

Liaison to the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics IAPSO and IACS to develop and establish an International Commission on ice/ocean interactions.

Chair, Realistic Ice-sheet/ocean State Estimates (RISE) international program, supported by the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), IUGG-IAPSO and IUGG-IACS.

Member, World Climate Research Programme Data Advisory Council (WCRP DAC). July 2017-June 2020.

Co-chair, MISOMIP CliC targeted research activity.

Former Project Co-leader, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre. Jul 2014–Jun 2019.

Member, Year of Polar Prediction in the Southern Hemisphere, World Meteorological Organization. July 2015–2019.

Member, World Climate Research Program/Cryosphere and Climate/Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (WCRP/CliC/SCAR) Southern Ocean Regional Panel. May 2015–Jun 2017.

Editorial Roles

Editor, The Cryosphere

Editor, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

Co-chief editor, special issue on Ice/ocean interactions with Journal of Marine Science and Engineering