Biography

PhD Opportunity

A fully-funded PhD studentship is available in tropical meteorology and oceanography, as part of the NERC-funded TerraMaris project. More details can be found here.

A further competition-funded PhD studentship is available on extreme weather in the tropics. More details can be found here.

I have a wide range of research interests, mainly in meteorology and oceanography with a focus on the tropics.  These include research into fundamental processes through observational data analysis and numerical modelling.  A particular area of interest is the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). 

Current funded research projects

BoBBLE (Bay of Bengal Boundary Layer Experiment). Co-Lead Principal Investigator (PI), together with Prof. P. N. Vinayachandran of Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. BoBBLE is a joint UK-India project funded by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK, and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), India, as part of the Drivers of Variability in the South Asian Monsoon Programme. The aims of BoBBLE are to observe, model and understand the coupled ocean-atmosphere processes that impact on rainfall over India and South Asia during the monsoon. The BoBBLE field campaign took place in the Bay of Bengal during summer 2016, based on the Indian research ship R/V Sindhu Sadhana.

ELO (Equatorial Line Observations). Co-Lead PI together  with Dr Piotr Flatau of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, USA. ELO is a joint US-UK project funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), USA, and NERC, UK. The aims of ELO are to observe, model and understand ocean-atmosphere processes that govern tropical weather systems such as the MJO and convectively coupled Kelvin waves. ELO has an upcoming field campaign based in Indonesia that is scheduled for January-May 2019.

TerraMaris. Lead PI. TerraMaris is a NERC-funded Large Grant, involving UK scientists at UEA, University of Leeds, University of Reading, the Met Office, National Centre for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS), and the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), and Indonesian scientists at BMKG, LAPAN, and BPPT. The aims of TerraMaris are to observed, measure and model the key processes that govern the development of atmospheric convection and rainfall over the Maritime Continent (the islands and seas of Indonesian and surrounding countries, described as the engine room of the global climate system). TerraMaris has an upcoming field campaign, involving research aircraft, land-based meteorological sensors, and oceanographic observations using gliders, due to take place around the island of Java, Indonesia, from November 2019 to March 2020.

FORTIS (Tropical Science and Forecaster Training). Co-Investigator (CoI). FORTIS is a Met Office-funded project, with scientists from University of Leeds, UEA, and University of Reading. It will deliver training by a series of workshops to forecasters in the following southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines.

Career

  • 1985-88. B.A. Natural Sciences (Physics and Theoretical Physics), University of Cambridge.
  • 1988-89. M.Sc. Atmospheric Sciences, University of East Anglia. 
  • 1990-93. Ph.D. Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.
  • 1994-96. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.
  • 1996-98. Research Scientist II, NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory/CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1998-99. Research Fellow, Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1999-present. Joint faculty position in School of Environmental Sciences and School of Mathematics, University of East Anglia (Lecturer, 1999; Senior Lecturer, 2004; Reader, 2008; Professor, 2015).

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