Biography

I am Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

I conduct research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. My research has contributed to understanding how climate change and variability affects the land and ocean carbon sinks, and understanding the drivers of CO2 emissions. In the ocean, I developed the application of Plankton Functional Types to marine biogeochemical modelling to improve the representation of marine ecosystem functioning and their interactions with climate in global biogeochemistry models.

I also instigated and lead the annual update of the 'Global Carbon Budget' as part of the Global Carbon Project, a community effort to provide timely delivery of policy-relevant carbon research, and assist the international policy process to address climate change. I was author of multiple assessments reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel price prize in 2007. I am a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change. I received multiple awards, most recent the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences (2015). I was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.

I am originally from Canada. I completed a B.Sc. in physics from University of Montréal (1990), an M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from McGill University (1992), and a Ph.D. in oceanography at University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI, 1999). I also hold a one-year university degree in Anthropology from the University of Montréal (1987). I conducted research at Princeton University in the US (1992-1996) and at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany (2000-2004). From 2005 to 2010 I was working jointly between the UEA and the British Antarctic Survey.

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