Professor Terry V Callaghan

Terry Callaghan

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 6101

Email: terry_callaghan@btinternet.com


Career

BSc (1967) University of Manchester, UK; PhD (1972) University of Birmingham, UK

Research Associate, University of Birmingham (1967-69)

Research Fellow, University of York (1969-72)

Royal Society Research Fellow, University of Manchester (1972-73)

Scientific Officer, British Antarctic Survey (1973-74)

Senior Scientific Officer to Individual Merit Senior Principal Scientific Officer, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (1974-93)

Professor of Arctic Biology and Director, Centre for Arctic Biology, University of Manchester (1993-95)

Professor of Arctic Ecology and Director of the Sheffield Centre for Arctic Ecology, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (1995-present) and, concurrently, Director of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden (1997-present)

Director Climate Impacts Research Centre, Kiruna, Sweden (1996-2002)

Professor of Arctic Ecology, University of Lund, Sweden (1997)

Elected Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2002)

Currently holds concurrent Professorships in the UK and Russia

Advisor to  the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Polar Regions (Arctic and Antarctic)

Prizes and Awards

Terry's contributions have been recognised by a number of awards, including:

  • PhD Honorary (1991) University of Lund, Sweden; DSc (1993) Manchester; PhD Honorary (2002) University of Oulu, Finland; PhD Honorary, T omsk State University, Russia (2012)
  • medals from HM the King of Sweden and HM Queen Elizabeth of England
  • in 2007as one of the lead authors for IPCC work leading to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize jointly to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore
  • in 2007 the Zayed International Prize for the Environment (group award to the authors of the Millienium Ecosystem Assessment)

In 2017, after 50 years of Arctic research, Terry was awarded the International Arctic Science Committee Medal for ‘outstanding contributions to international Arctic science collaboration’.

Professional Activities (2000 onwards)

Member, United Nations Environment Programme on Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Effects
Director, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden
Co-ordinator SCANNET (Scandinavian - North European network of terrestrial field bases)
Co-chair of CEON – a US initiative 'Circumarctic environmental observatories network'
Member of the Integration Team, Steering Committee and lead author of the Arctic Climate
Impacts Assessment: an ACIA representative at meetings of the Senior Arctic Officials
Lead author of the Millennium Assessment of polar ecosystems
Lead author of the IPCC assessment of polar regions
Leader of several international Arctic research strategy initiatives
Member of the US National Academy of Sciences committee on designing a circumarctic observatories network
Leader of the Arctic Council of Ministers' initiative on coordination of observation and monitoring in the Arctic

Key Research Interests

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My research focuses on relationships between the arctic environment and the ecology of arctic plants and animals including ecosystem processes. The research has two components: seeking to understand mechanisms of survival and adaptation to arctic environments, and assessing the responses of organisms and ecosystems to changing environmental conditions such as climate, UV-B radiation and atmospheric CO2 concentrations.


Overview

Terry Callaghan started as an arctic plant ecologist in 1967. Over 50 years, he has worked in every arctic country and been in the field each year. His research developed from plant ecology into ecosystem science and environmental change. He has developed several scientific fields and has led many initiatives, contributing to major arctic and global organisations and environmental assessments, including IPCC. He participates in high-level arctic initiatives and is an adviser to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Polar Regions (Arctic and Antarctic). He is developing international collaboration to understand environmental change in Siberia, and his current interests are in Arctic system science and assessment of change.

In 1967, Terry became part of the International Biological Programme Tundra Biome Project and developed networking skills. Founder of the UK NERC Arctic Station on Svalbard, he coordinated its first 5-year science programme. For 14 years, he led the Abisko Scientific Research Station in Swedish Lapland. In 2001 he developed and coordinated a network of nine research stations in the North Atlantic Region, which developed into INTERACT (a network of currently 80 stations - see: www.eu-interact.org). Terry now contributes as the Science Coordinator.

Current Research Students

Margareta Johansson - Co-supervised
University of Lund, Sweden, working on interactions between permafrost dynamics and vegetation change

Zhenlin Yang - Co-supervised
University of Lund, Sweden

Michal Heliasz - Co-supervised
University of Lund, Sweden

Rik Van Bogaert - Co-supervised
University of Ghent, Belgium

Oriuol Grau - Co-supervised
University of Barcelona, Spain

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