Dr Lauren Gregoire

Dr Lauren Gregoire


I am an ice sheet and climate modeller working on climate-ice sheet interactions during the Quaternary. I did my PhD at the University of Bristol with Professor Paul Valdes and Professor Tony Payne on modelling the climate and ice sheets during the last deglaciation. It is during my PhD that I discovered the mechanism of Saddle Collapse which produced two major events of rapid sea level rise, the Meltwater Pulse 1a and the 8.2 kyr events, both of which are associated with abrupt climate changes. I joined the University of Leeds in July 2013 to become an Academic Research Fellow in Earth System modelling and became a Lecturer in 2018. I currently co-lead the PMIP working group on the last deglaciation and I am Steering Commitee member of PalaeoARC. I am also a topical editor for Geoscientific Model Development (GMD).

Office hour: Tuesday 12pm- 1pm


  • Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (computing projects). Drop-in Tues 12-1 pm

Research interests

I use the Glimmer-CISM and BISICLES ice sheet models and the FAMOUS and HadCM3 General circulation models of the MetOffice Unified model familly. My main research interests are:

  • Mechanisms of ice sheet instability
  • Abrupt climate change, rapid sea level changes
  • Quantifying uncertainty in complex models
  • The Last deglaciation (~ 23,000 to 7,000 years ago)
  • The Northern Hemisphere ice sheets; The British and Irish ice sheet

Leadership positions/responsibilities:

PhD students:

  • Jennifer Dentith (co-supervisor; Oct 2015-): Abrupt climate transitions and geological tracers of ocean circulation.
  • Niall Gandy (primary supervisor; Oct 2016-): Collapse of the British-Irish Ice Sheet: the role of climate and sea level changes. Affiliated with the BRITICE-CHRONO consortium.
  • Jamie O'Neill (co-supervisor; March 2018-; based at King's College London):  Sea level rise under climate change: modelling the Pliocene warm period for improved projections of the future.
  • Beth Bowker (primary supervisor; Oct 2018-): Legacy of a warming world: Simulating ice sheet melt
  • Suzanne Robinson (co-supervisor; Oct 2018-): Is Atlantic Ocean Circulation Collapsing?

Previous group members:

  • Ilkka Matero (primary supervisor; Oct 2014-2018): North American ice sheet collapse and abrupt climate change during the 8.2 kyr event.
  • Nigel Clifford (MRes, primary supervisor, 2015-2016): Impact of ice sheet freshwater release in the North Atlantic on the variability of European winter climate.
  • Alice Drinkwater (Research experience placement, co-supervisor, summer 2016). Anthropogenic effects on intense melt episodes over Greenland.

Data to download:

  • Gregoire LJ et al. (2018) Holocene lowering of the Laurentide ice sheet affects North Atlantic gyre circulation and climate, Climate Dynamics 1–17. [Paper] [Download data]
  • Gregoire LJ et al. (2011) Optimal tuning of a GCM using modern and glacial constraints, Climate Dynamics, 37, pp.705-719. [Paper] [Access data]

In review:

  • J.L. Wadham, J. Hawkings, L. Tarasov, L. Gregoire, R. G.M. Spencer, M. Gutjahr, A. Ridgwell. Why ice sheets matter for the global carbon cycle (Submitted to Nature Comms. 02/2017)
  • Maycock, A. C., A. Drinkwater, L. J. Gregoire, A. Lacour, Anthropogenic contribution to the intense warming over Greenland in July 2012 (submitted 10/16)
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  • 2017: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • 2011: PhD, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.
  • 2007: Master in Climate-Environment Interactions, University de Versailles St Quentin, France
  • 2005: Licence of Physics, University de Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines, France.

Professional memberships

  • Topical editor for Geoscientific Model Development (GMD)
  • Palaeo Model Intercomarison Project (PMIP) co-leader of the deglacial working group
  • Steering Commitee member of PalaeoARC
  • Past Earth Network (PEN) model working group
  • Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Student education

I authored an Online programming course for all: Introduction to python programming.

I develop and deliver teaching at undergraduate and masters level on the topics of: Ice in the Earth System, Past Global Environmental Systems, Quaternary climate change, Earth system modelling (practicals using cGenie), Oceanography in the Earth System. In 2017, I obtained a fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Research groups and institutes

  • Palaeo@Leeds
  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • Climate Science and Impacts
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Current postgraduate researchers

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