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Christian S. M. Turney FRSA FGS FRMetSoc FRGS FHEA is Professor of Climate Change and Earth Science at the University of New South Wales.[1]

Christian Turney
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CitizenshipBritish and Australian
Alma materUniversity of East Anglia
Royal Holloway, University of London
AwardsFrederick White Prize (2014)
Laureate Fellowship (2010)
Bigsby Medal (2009)
Philip Leverhulme Prize (2008)
Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal (2007)
J.G. Russell Award (2004)
Scientific career
FieldsEarth Science
InstitutionsUniversity of New South Wales
University of Exeter
WebsiteChris Turney

Turney was educated at St Bede's School, graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc in Environmental Science and completed his PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was previously Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Exeter. He was awarded the J.G. Russell Award (2004) by the Australian Academy of Science, the inaugural Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal by the International Union for Quaternary Research in 2007, a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2008, the Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2009, and the Frederick White Prize by the Australian Academy of Science in 2014.[2] In 2010, Turney was awarded a five-year Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. He has published four books[3][4][5][6] and more than 180 scientific research papers.[7]

In 2013−14, Turney led a privately-funded expedition to the Antarctic called the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, in the "Spirit of Mawson", to investigate environmental changes across the region and communicate the value of scientific research. Scientific findings include the recognition of a 1965 Carbon-14 peak preserved in "the Loneliest Tree in the World" and shrubs growing on Campbell Island, New Zealand, that offer a possible marker for the proposed Anthropocene Epoch in the geological timescale.[8] On the return home, their ice-strengthened vessel became trapped by a substantial breakout of sea ice. His book on the expedition's discoveries and the team's experiences trapped by sea ice were published in Iced In: Ten Days Trapped on the Edge of Antarctica.;[9] in Australia and New Zealand, the same book was published under the name of Shackled.[10]


  1. ^ "University of New South Wales". University of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Frederick White Prize winner, 2014". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Bones, Rocks and Stars: the Science of When Things Happened". Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past". Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica". Text Publishing. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Iced In: Ten Days Trapped on the Edge of Antarctica". Kensington Books. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Chris Turney Google Scholar". Google Scholar. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Global peak in atmospheric radiocarbon provides a potential definition for the onset of the Anthropocene Epoch in 1965". Scientific Reports. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Iced In: Ten Days Trapped on the Edge of Antarctica". Kensington Books. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Shackled". Penguin Books. Retrieved 1 December 2017.