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Karla Boxall BA MPhil

Karla Boxall BA MPhil

PhD Candidate, Polar Studies

Glaciologist interested in velocity variations of Antarctic ice shelves and their contributing glaciers, using a range of satellite remote sensing techniques.



  • 2020 - present: PhD in Polar Studies. Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (Newnham College), UK. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
  • 2019 - 2020: MPhil (Distinction) in Polar Studies. Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (Newnham College), UK. Thesis: 'Quantifying Supraglacial Debris Thickness and the Glaciological Controls on its Spatial Distribution in High Mountain Asia.' Available at:
  • 2016 - 2019: BA in Geography. University of Cambridge (Newnham College), UK. Thesis: 'The Evolution of Supraglacial Debris Extent and Thickness on Suldenferner, Italy, 1999 - 2018.' Data available at:

Awards and scholarships

  • 2020 - 2024: Cambridge Climate, Life and Earth Doctoral Training Partnership, Natural Environment Research Council, with Research and Training Studentship Grant
  • 2019: Lucy Adrian prize
  • 2019: Ruth Cohen prize
  • 2018: Worts Travel fund
  • 2018: David Richardson Travel scholarship
  • 2018: Bedford grant
  • 2018: Newnham College Major Travel Scholarship
  • 2017: Anne Jemima Clough prize
  • 2017: Sparke Second Year scholarship


My research uses satellite remote sensing to identify velocity variations of Antarctic ice shelves and the glaciers feeding them. I am currently focussed on the George VI Ice Shelf (Antarctic Peninsula) and its contributing glaciers. My research will also investigate the driving factors behind the velocity variations observed. There is scope to expand this research to beyond George VI Ice Shelf to investigate whether the velocity variations, and their driving factors, are replicated elsewhere on the Antarctic Peninsula or elsewhere in Antarctica.


Peer-reviewed articles

  • Boxall, K., Willis, I., Giese, A. and Liu, Q. (2021) Quantifying Patterns of Supraglacial Debris Thickness and Their Glaciological Controls in High Mountain Asia. Front. Earth Sci. 9:657440.

Conference contributions

  • Boxall, K. and Willis, I. (2020) Glaciological controls on the spatial variability of supraglacial debris extent and thickness in the eastern Himalayas. EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4-8 May 2020, EGU2020-20062,


  • Demonstrator, 1A GIS and Cartography (2020 - present)
  • Demonstrator, 1B Glacial Processes (2020 - present)

External activities

  • Department of Geography Graduate Student Representative (2020 - present)
  • European Geoscience Union member (2019 - present)
  • Newnham College Boat Club (Vice-Captain, 2018-2019) (2016 - present)
  • Newnham College MCR (Secretary, 2020) (2019 - present)