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.

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 researcherid webpages

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

PhD Positions

I am always keen to talk to students interested in doing PhDs in climate dynamics, climate modelling or the climate of exoplanets.  Funding may be available via UEA for UK and EU applicants. International students normally obtain funding from their employer, or national and international agencies such as the China Scholarship Council, The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission or the Ford Foundation. 

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

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