Claire Burke


I am bi and I am a climate scientist.//


I started my career with a PhD in astrophysics looking at how the most massive galaxies in the Universe formed and evolved. Shortly after, I moved to climate science, hoping to use my physics powers for good. I worked for 3 years on extreme weather and climate change at the UK Met Office before moving back to academia to work on the application of astrophysics, machine learning and drones to conservation ecology. I did a 3 year fellowship developing the tech to monitor and protect endangered animals with approaches inspired by physical sciences and AI – we called it ‘astro-ecology’. I now lead an industry-based research group quantifying and projecting the impacts of climate change on buildings, infrastructure and society as a whole.