I am an interdisciplinary researcher and lecturer, focusing on the sedimentological dynamics and ecological structure and functioning of intertidal coastal environments.

My research interests lie in understanding the complex physical, biological and chemical interactions that determine how natural environments function, using intertidal habitats such as mudflats and mangrove forests as model systems.  This research is interdisciplinary, drawing on disciplines as diverse as sedimentology, ecology and remote sensing.  There are 2 main themes to my research:

  • The mediation of coastal dynamics by complex interactions between physical, biological and chemical components.
  • Methodological and technological advances and applications to support this research.

My lecturing draws on my research expertise, focussing on geoscience with some ecology.  I teach at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate.  I also lead outreach and engagement courses, including running a summer school on issues relating to erosion in the coastal zone.  

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PhD Positions

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  • 2009 - present: Lecturer in Coastal Physical Processes, University of East Anglia.  Employed as a lecturer in the Environmental Sciences School at the University of East Anglia.  Currently Principle Investigator on the NERC Urgency Grant funded project 'Environmental Impacts of the December Storm Surge on the North Norfolk Coast.' I gained Royal Society funding for the project FloWave - an erosion device for simulating combined linear and oscillatory flows in collaboration with Sediment Services UK and Partrac UK.  Lecturer on various ENV undergraduate and postgraduate modules, for more details see the teaching tab above.
  • 2004 - 2008: Research Fellow, University of Sydney.  Employed as a Research Fellow, I continued to work on the Mangrove Structure and Function project.  I was also successful in gaining ARC funding for the 3 year multidisciplinary project: 'Understanding biodiversity by experimental analysis of links between physical, chemical and biological properties of intertidal sediments,' with collaborators at the University of Sydney.  Co-lecturer on the University of Sydney postgraduate course ENVI5904: Understanding Environmental Uncertainty.
  • 2001 - 2003: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney.  Employed as part of a long-term project to improve understanding of the ecological structure and functioning of mangrove forests, mudflats and salt marshes.  I led the sedimentological component of the successful University of Sydney large equipment grant: 'Analytical system for integrating function and structure of complex intertidal biodiversity.'
  • 1999 - 2001: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of St. Andrews.  Employed on the EU project CLIMEROD, also worked on the BIOPTIS project and led the St. Andrews component of the successful BIOFLOW international flume network grant application.  Tutor on the Maths for Biologists course.
  • 1995 - 1999: University of St. Andrews, Ph.D. in Marine Biology: 'Microbial mediation of intertidal sediment stability.'  I worked on a number of large research projects, including PROMAT and INTRMUD.
  • 1995: University of St. Andrews, BSc (Hons) in Geology and Environmental Biology (1st class).

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