Nancy Bertler

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Nancy Bertler
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Latest company GNS Science
BSc Geology and Geography
MSc Quaternary science
PhD Geology
BSc university University of Munich
MSc university Royal Holloway
PhD university Victoria University of Wellington

Nancy Bertler is an Antarctic researcher, who has led major initiatives to investigate Paleoclimatology using Antarctic ice cores, and best known for her leadership of the Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution Programme (RICE).[1] She is an associate professor at the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.[2]

Career and impact

Bertler researches climate history using ice cores. During her PhD Nancy established collaborations with international partners in Germany and the USA and initiated New Zealand’s ice core research capability in the Ross Sea. As postdoctoral fellow with guidance and help by her mentors, Profs. Peter Barrett, Tim Naish, Alex Malahoff, Bertler went on to establish major infrastructure in support of ice core research in New Zealand. This included the development of a national ice core research facility with GNS Science,[3] the building of a New Zealand intermediate ice core drilling system with Victoria University of Wellington. Since her joint appointment with Victoria University of Wellington and GNS Science in 2004, Bertler has led and managed the National Ice Core Research Programme. This culminated in the successful development of international science projects – in particular the NZ contribution to the International TransAntarctic Scientific Expedition project and the NZ-led 9-nation Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) project, the latter of which she is the Chief Scientist.

Bertler was one of the early pioneers to target and interpret ice core records from the Antarctic coastal regions.[4] These records have proven to provide highly complementary information to the deep ice core records from the Antarctic interior. Bertler is a leading or co-author on 39 internationally peer-reviewed publications and three peer-reviewed book chapters. She also co-authored two book chapters for public outreach and has worked with a large range of media.

Bertler has led 13 scientific expeditions to Antarctica with over 30 months (cumulative) of field work including leading the 9 nation Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) ice coring project in Antarctica.[1]


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