I am interested in the different ways global society can respond to the changing climate. These options include reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), adaptation and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (negative emissions). I am also interested in how these interact with ideas of climate engineering (reflecting more sunlight back to space).

I am currently the Principal Investigator of a NERC funded four-year consortium project on the Feasibility of Afforestation and Biomass energy with carbon capture and storage for Greenhouse Gas Removal (FAB-GGR). The consortium is with University of Manchester, Universirty of Exeter, University of Aberdeen and the Met Office.

I studied BSc Geography at the University of Edinburgh before coming to UEA in 2005 for my PhD on ‘Climate change mitigation and geoengineering’ with Prof Tim Lenton (now of University of Exeter). I worked as a postdoctoral researcher before securing a Tyndall Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship in April 2010, becoming a Tyndall Centre Lecturer in July 2011 and being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018.

I have a twitter account @nemvaughan – all views are my own not those of the university.

PhD Positions

Feel free to e-mail me,, to discuss projects in greenhouse gas removals and sources of funding.

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