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SPRI Review 1995: SPRI Review 1995

SPRI Review 1995

Teaching and lectures

MPhil in Polar Studies

Eight students successfully completed the course for the Master of Philosophy in Polar Studies. The course involved some 65 seminar papers that were presented by the staff of the Institute, visitors, and invited speakers from outside Cambridge. The course director was Dr John Heap. The students were assessed on the basis of a 20,000-word thesis and six essay papers. The theses are available in the Institute Library, and the students and their thesis titles were:

  • Tatiana Argunova: Federal relations between Yakutsk and Moscow.
  • Bill Barber: Science, politics, and the International Whaling Commission: the decision-making processes affecting whale management.
  • Brett Fotheringham: The Southern Whale Fishery Company, Auckland Islands.
  • Marina Gridina: Nordic initiatives to reduce industrial pollution in the Kola Peninsula.
  • Cary Haggard: Northern Canadian development and the indigenous population in the era of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).
  • Tim Hunt: The influence of polar exploration and discovery on the development of geomagnetic instruments in the early nineteenth century.
  • Ingibjorg Jonsdottir: Sea ice off the coast of Iceland in the twentieth century.
  • Jay Klinck: Ice sheet stations: design concepts for increasing life-spans.


Dr Gareth Rees contributed several core lectures and the module in glaciology and oceanography to the MPhil in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.
Dr Peter Wadhams gave four lectures for the Part II Geographical Tripos on glacial studies during the Michaelmas Term. Dr Gareth Rees contributed a course of lectures on remote sensing to final-year physics undergraduates at the Cavendish Laboratory.
During Michaelmas Term, Dr Beau Riffenburgh presented a course on 'Popular imperialism and European exploration, 1800-1914' as part of the 'Expansion of Europe' paper in the Part I History Tripos.