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Michael Prior-Jones   MEng

Dr Michael Prior-Jones



Research Fellow
Glaciology and Communications Engineering

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

+44 29225 11785
Main Building, Room 2.31B, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT


I'm an electronic engineer by background, and my research interests relate to the development of new instruments for collecting data from the field, particularly in glaciology.

I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, working on open-source instruments for real-time data collection from glaciers and ice sheets. This includes the development of new instruments that measure snowpack, supraglacial streams, and englacial and subglacial conditions. I explain more about my plans in the video below:

Video about my fellowship plans.

During 2019-2021 I worked on the Cryoegg project with Dr Liz Bagshaw, who is now at the University of Bristol. Cryoegg is a wireless probe for making measurements of conditions underneath glaciers. If you'd like to learn more about Cryoegg, please have a look at some of these links:

Liz and I are continuing to collaborate and I will be developing new versions of Cryoegg as part of the fellowship.

My work is regularly featured in the media:

I can be found on Mastodon







My research interests relate to the use of technology (particularly electronics and communications technology) in glaciology and hydrology. I have a special interest in satellite communications for remote data collection.


I teach an introduction to project management for researchers, through Cardiff's Doctoral Academy programme.


  • January 2022 - present: UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University.
  • Feb 2019 - December 2021: post-doctoral research associate in glaciology and communications engineering, Cardiff University.
  • Aug 2018 - Feb 2019: Senior Control & Test Engineer, Cambridge Mechatronics Ltd, Cambridge, UK
  • Feb-Mar 2018: installation engineer for aircraft navigation aids, British Antarctic Survey, Rothera, Antarctica.
  • Feb 2014 - Dec 2017: Consultant (electronics & software engineering), TTP plc, Cambridge, UK
  • Feb 2012 - Feb 2014: Senior Researcher, Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd, Oxford, UK
  • Mar 2011 - Jan 2012: Consultant (electronics & software engineering), TTP plc, Cambridge, UK
  • Nov 2010 - Feb 2011: Communications Engineer, Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions , Union Glacier, Antarctica.
  • Sep 2007 - Sep 2010: PhD in Engineering, University of Leicester. Thesis topic "Digital HF communications for autonomous instrumentation in the polar regions"
  • June 2005 - July 2007: Communications Manager, British Antarctic Survey, Rothera, Antarctica.
  • September 2003 - June 2005: Research & Development Engineer, BBC Research & Development, Kingswood, Surrey, UK
  • September 1999 - June 2003: MEng Electronic Engineering, University of York, UK

Professional memberships

  • Member of the International Glaciological Society
  • Member of the European Geosciences Union
  • Member of the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

Committees and reviewing