I am Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric sciences (COAS), School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.   I am a physicist by background, which I then applied to ocean physics.I have devoted my career to furthering understanding of physical processes in the ocean, often using new observational technology (e.g. satellite altimetry in the 1980s and 1990s; ocean gliders in the 2010s). In the 1990s I was active in the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE), leading (as Chief Scientist) one of the UK’s two large WOCE hydrographic sections, A23, from Antarctica to Brazil in 1995. These high-quality sections now form the basis of current climate change assessments and the gold standard against which models are evaluated. My current research is global (e.g. Antarctic, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic), and I enjoy close scientific collaborations with biogeochemists, meteorologists and numerical modellers. Most of my current work uses autonomous vehicles (ocean gliders and my autonomous surface vehicle Caravela and addresses processes of ocean, ice and atmosphere interaction.

I particularly enjoy supporting early career researchers as they venture into science. I have supervised over 40 PhD students and over 20 postdoctoral researchers. 

PhD Opportunities

I always welcome email enquiries from potential PhD students interested in physical oceanography.

Our research opportunities allow you to search for projects and scholarships and there is further information about becoming a Postgraduate Research student at UEA here.

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2000                Fellow of the Challenger Society for Marine Science

2009                Georg Wüst prize, biennial prize given by the German Society for Marine Research and Ocean Dynamics to an excellent mid-career scientist for outstanding contributions to the general field of oceanography

2010-2011       Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow

2010                Honorary Doctorate, University of Gothenburg

2015                Oceanography award from the Society for Underwater Technology

2016                Challenger Medal, the premier award of the Challenger Society for Marine Science

2016                Nominated by SCAR as part of Celebrating Women in Antarctic Research Wikibomb event

2019               Made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

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