Photo: William Copeland

William Copeland
Climate Studies specialist at Tromsø University, Norway.

“I am an alumnus of Lincoln Minster School after having studied at the school from 2000 to 2012. After finishing my A-levels I took a BSc in Earth Sciences at Royal Hollow, University of London.

“My BSc took to me to Cyprus, Spain and finally the French Pyrenees where a month of independent geological mapping took place. Yes, I spent a month in the pouring rain looking at rocks on the sides of perilously steep mountains. Little did I know this would take me on to bigger and better things into my future.

“On completion of my studies at Royal Holloway, I took a masters position at Tromsø University, Norway. Tromsø is located 300km north of the Arctic Circle boasting the northern lights, spectacular scenery and most importantly for me, a rapidly warming climate.

“I now specialise in climate studies at the university, reconstructing past climates in an attempt to look into future changes we may experience. The present is the key to the past, and the past is the key to our future. My research has taken me to Svalbard where escaping polar bears on snow scooters and swimming in the Arctic Ocean are all part of daily life. I have also worked with the Alfred Wagner Institute in Germany on a research cruise investigating oceanographic effects of climate change from Bremerhaven, Germany to Cape Town, South Africa.

“In my free time I work as an activist for Amnesty International on their campaigns here in Norway. I also work as a northern lights tour guide/chaser during the winter period taking me all across the region, even into Finland and Sweden. At the time of writing, northern lights season is ending so I will work as a museum host at the University Museum over summer. During the summer we have 24 hours of sunlight which is a luxury as I am a keen mountain runner and hiker.

“In the future I will look for PhD positions within Norway or another Scandinavian country to continue my studies into our changing climate. This may even mean spending research time in Antarctica.”