Professor King is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Polar Geodesy in the School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania. His field of expertise is geodetic observation of the global water cycle, including ice sheet mass balance and sea level change and particularly using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE).
He is presently focused on improving our understanding of glacial isostatic adjustment in Antarctica. Professor King has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications since his PhD completion in 2002, including four articles in Science, two in Nature, one in PNAS and one in Nature Geoscience.
Professor King received the 2015 Kavli Medal and Lecture from the Royal Society (London).
Chair of Committees:
2008-2012 Chair of COST Action ES0701
2009-2010 Chair of AGU Fall Assembly Geodesy Programme Chair
2010 Chair of International GNSS Service Workshop Local Organising Committee
2010-2012 Chair of NERC Space Geodesy Facilities Steering Committee
2011-present Chair of IAG Sub-Commission 3.4: Cryospheric Deformation
2007-2012 UK National Committee for Antarctic Research
2010-2012 NERC Peer Review College
2009-present DynaQlim Steering Committee
2009-present European Science Foundation Pool of Reviewers
2009 Appointments panel, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
2010 International GNSS Service Workshop Scientific Programme Committee
2011 11th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences Scientific Steering Committee
2010 External PhD Examiner Durham University, UK
2012 External PhD Examiner University of Berne, Switzerland
2012 External PhD Examiner University College London, UK
2012 IPCC AR5 Expert Reviewer
2013 Co-chair IAG Sub-commission 3.4 Workshop, Ilulissat, Greenland
2013 Expert Reviewer European Space Agency “The Changing Earth”
2014 External PhD Examiner ANU, Australia
2014 AuScope Infrastructure Reference Panel
2009 Philip Leverhulme Prize
2012 British Geophysical Association’s Bullerwell Lecture
2012 American Geophysical Union Geodesy Section Prize
2013 Scopus Young Researcher Award Finalist
2015 Royal Society (London) Kavli Medal and Lecture
Professor King is working with the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre on improved understanding of ice sheet contributions to sea level, in particular the interaction of past and present changes within the Antarctic ice sheet and the solid Earth.
He is also interested in ocean tidal forcing of the ice sheet and remote sensing of the ice sheet’s mass balance.