Through a combined interest in the outdoors and interdisciplinary science, I completed an undergraduate Masters degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2012 with a First Class degree. During this time, I participated in several overseas expeditions, and am involved in a non-profit organisation called Education Through Expeditions, which uses the expedition (or field research) environment to help students learn about geography or science.

By the end of my undergraduate degree I had developed a strong interest in physical oceanography; particularly in the interaction between oceans and ice. This led me to apply for a PhD at UEA in Professor Karen Heywood’s research group.


All Publications

Biddle, L. C., Heywood, K. J., Kaiser, J., Jenkins, A.


Glacial meltwater identification in the Amundsen Sea,

in Journal of Physical Oceanography


pp. 933-954

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Naveira Garabato, A. C., Forryan, A., Dutrieux, P., Brannigan, L., Biddle, L. C., Heywood, K. J., Jenkins, A., Firing, Y. L., Kimura, S.


Vigorous lateral export of the meltwater outflow from beneath an Antarctic ice shelf,

in Nature


pp. 219–222

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Heywood, K. J., Biddle, L. C., Boehme, L., Dutrieux, P., Fedak, M., Jenkins, A., Jones, R. W., Kaiser, J., Mallett, H., Garabato, A. C. N., Renfrew, I. A., Stevens, D. P., Webber, B. G. M.


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: The Role of the Amundsen Sea Continental Shelf in Exchanges Between Ocean and Ice Shelves,

in Oceanography



pp. 118-129

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Biddle, L. C., Kaiser, J., Heywood, K. J., Thompson, A., Jenkins, A.


Ocean glider observations of iceberg-enhanced biological production in the northwestern Weddell Sea: Iceberg enhanced production,

in Geophysical Research Letters



pp. 459-465

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Key Research Interests

  • The use of dissolved oxygen as a meltwater tracer
  • Modelling meltwater pathways
  • The use of Seagliders to collect oceanographic data
  • The effect of meltwater on biological productivity

My PhD

The Polar Oceans are an important part of the global climate system; rapidly changing areas with processes that affect carbon and heat fluxes into the oceans, with contributions from the melting ice sheets affecting oceanic circulation and eustatic sea level. My research is focussing on the Amundsen Sea in Antarctica and understanding how the meltwater pathways in Pine Island Bay are affected by physical and biogeochemical processes. I use the principles of fluid dynamics in Matlab modelling in addition to in-situ observations collected using an innovative autonomous underwater vehicle, the Seaglider.

Research Group Membership

Supervisors: Prof. Karen Heywood (UEA), Dr Jan Kaiser (UEA) and Dr Adrian Jenkins (British Antarctic Survey)