I did a first degree in Chemistry at Reading then an MSc in Oceanography at Southampton before starting work for the Clyde River Purification Board (now part of SEPA) in Glasgow as an assistant marine chemist. I then moved to Bermuda working for the Bermuda Biological Station initially on coastal pollution and latterly also on nutrient and trace metal element offshore. I completed a PhD from Southampton on this work and came to UEA in 1985 as a lecturer and I am still here and now a Professor. I was director of the Laboratory for Global Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry (LGMAC) 2001-2007. I was appointed as NERC Theme Leader for Earth System Science in 2007-2012. I have been a member of the Earth and Environmental Sciences REF panel. I was COAS sector head 2014-2017 and director of the Future Earth European Centre at UEA.  I was a member of the DEFRA Scientific Advisory Council until 2019. I am currently a Member of the Broads Authority. I was awarded the Challenger medal by the UK Challenger Society in 2006 and made an Honorary Member of the Society in 2019. I became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012 and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2016. I retired in 2018 and was made an Emeritus Professor in 2019. I still maintain a research presence within UEA. I was awarded an OBE 2020 New Year’s Honours list for “services to marine and atmospheric science”


University of Reading, 1974, B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry with subsidiary Geology, First Class
University of Southampton, 1975, M.Sc. Oceanography
                                        1986, Ph.D. Oceanography. 

Thesis.  Studies of trace elements in the  Sargasso Sea and the mid Atlantic Bight.

1975-1979:   Assistant Marine Chemist, Clyde River Purification Board, Glasgow, U.K.

1979-1983:   Research Assistant, Bermuda Biological Station, Bermuda.

1983-1985:   Research Associate, Bermuda Biological Station, Bermuda.

1985-1993:   Lecturer, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.

1993-1998:   Reader, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.

1993-            British Association Media Fellow at BBC World Service Science Unit.

1998-            Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.

2001-2007:   Director UEA Laboratory for Global Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry.

2007-2012:   NERC Theme Leader for Earth System Science.

2014 August 1- November 5:  Head of School of Environmental Sciences

2014- 2017      Sector Head UEA Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

2015- 2017      Director Future Earth European Centre.

2018                Retired

2019                Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

2019                Appointed as a Secretary of State nominee to the Broads Authority 


PhD Positions None now I am retired


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