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Academic Background

My research focus started in planetary science but has slowly moved onto mainly the theory and modelling of the Earth's atmosphere and climate.

As well as the publications tab above, more details on my research publications are available on my google scholar and publons webpages

The activities tab has more details on research-related outreach and publicity

Click here for other current PhD opportunities in Environmental Sciences or contact me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Biography

After getting a doctorate at the University of Oxford I was a US National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, studying the atmosphere and climate of Mars, and contributing to planning for space missions.  At that time I also worked on constructing theoretical and computer-based models to predict the properties of the climates of exoplanets- these are planets orbiting stars other than the Sun.  I also spent a year as a scientist at the SETI institute (doing more research on planetary climates - not hunting for aliens).  I then moved earthwards to the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where I worked on physical models of climate and climate change.  After some time as a research scientist at the Met Office, I returned to Reading as a senior scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, before coming to UEA.

Research Group Membership

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research is about understanding the climate of Earth (and other planets), as well as the dynamical and physical processes underpinning climate change, especially:

  • The response of climate to radiative drivers- processes that change the Earth's climatic energy balance

  • Large-scale patterns of climate change, such as the warming contrast between land and ocean, and how they emerge through this century

  • Stratospheric processes and climate

  • The climates of terrestrial or Earthlike exoplanets

I accomplish this using a combination of numerical (computer) models of varying complexity and simpler theories. More recently I've been working on the human impacts of climate change, and the study of palaeoclimates. A huge range of disciplines are studied at Environmental sciences at UEA, making for an extremely stimulating research environment.

External Activities

Sometimes the media has become interested in research that I've been involved in; here are examples:

  • Interview with the BBC (broadcast on radio 5 live and other stations) about the winter 2013-14 floods (starts about 4'25" in)

I've given public talks on climate change from time to time. I also contributed to the UEA 50th anniversary festival by leading a conversation cafe type event on the science of climate change.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on these modules:

  • Climate Systems ENV-6025B (module convenor & lecturer)

  • Climate Change: Physical Science Basis ENV-7014A (lecturer)

  • Global Environmental Challenges ENV-4001A (lecturer)

  • Meteorology II and fieldcourse ENVK5010B (fieldcourse lecturer)

Key Responsibilities

  • Course director, MSc Climate Change

Network

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