Miss Christine McKenna


  • 2015-date: PhD - University of Cambridge (DAMTP) and British Antarctic Survey
  • 2014-2015: MSc Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate - University of Reading
  • 2010-2014: BSc Mathematics and Geography - University of St Andrews


Christine is a member of the Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography research group, and is also a member of the Polar Climate and Predictability group at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). She works with Tom Bracegirdle and Emily Shuckburgh at BAS, and Peter Haynes in DAMTP. Her current research interests include the dynamical mechanisms that link Arctic sea-ice loss to mid-latitude weather and climate. She is particularly interested in the role that stratosphere-troposphere coupling may play in this link, and whether the link is sensitive to different regions or magnitudes of sea-ice loss, or the background state of the atmospheric circulation.


  • McKenna, C.M., Bracegirdle, T.J., Shuckburgh, E.F., Haynes, P.H., and Joshi, M.M. (2017). Arctic sea-ice loss in different regions leads to contrasting Northern Hemisphere impacts. Geophysical Research Letters, 44. doi:10.1002/2017GL076433.
  • McKenna, C., Berx, B., and Austin, W.E.N. (2016). The decomposition of the Faroe-Shetland Channel water masses using Parametric Optimum Multi-Parameter analysis. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 107, pp.9-21. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.10.013.