Natural Sciences faculty members Natural Sciences faculty members

Dr Stephen Ashworth - Head of Natural Sciences, Year in Industry and Year Abroad co-ordinator 

Stephen teaches modules in physics as part of the Natural Sciences Degree Programme and has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects.
See Stephen's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Martin Loftus - Director of Learning & Teaching  

Martin teaches modules in astrophysics as part of the Natural Sciences Degree Programme and has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects in pulsars and galaxies.
See Martin's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Mark Cooker - Natural Sciences Teaching Executive

Mark is a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematics. His research is in fluid dynamics, especially the mathematics of water wave impact and splashes. Mark lectures mathematicians and scientists in applied mathematics modules at all levels. He has also supervised project work in areas such as the diffusion of heat, acoustics, water-wave motion, liquid sloshing in containers, and impact.
See Mark's full profile on the School of Mathematics website.

Dr Steven Hayward and Dr Chris Greenman - Project co-ordinators

Steven graduated in Physics from the University of Bristol and gained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh.  His research focuses on protein structure, dynamics and function employing a variety of computational approaches including simulation and bioinformatics methods.  See Steven's full profile on the School of Computing Sciences website.

Chris has a mathematics degree from Durham University, and a mathematics PhD from the University of Edinburgh, utilizing number theory to study the spacing distributions of quantized harmonic oscillators.
See Chris's full profile on the School of Mathematics website.

Dr Adrian Matthews - Admissions Director

Adrian is a Professor of Meteorology and has a wide range of research interests, mainly in meteorology and oceanography with a focus on the tropics.  These include research into fundamental processes through observational data analysis and numerical modelling.

See Adrian's full profile on the School of Environmental Science website.

Dr Michael Wormstone - Coursework Director

Michael is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences. His research utilises human cells and tissue to study human eye disease. In particular, he is interested in wound-healing events that follow cataract surgery, which lead to a secondary visual loss. His laboratory aims to further our understanding of the cell and molecular mechanisms underpinning wound healing in the eye and identify novel targets for future therapeutic development.

See Michael's full profile on the School of Biological Sciences website.

Dr Garth Jones - Senior advisor & SSLC

Garth is a physical chemist who uses computational and theoretical techniques and is principally interested in excited state dynamics of molecules and light-molecule interactions. He develops mixed quantum-classical approaches to perform simulations of important processes in physical chemistry such as electron transfer, electronic energy transfer and photodissociation.
See Garth's full profile on the School of Chemistry website.

Dr Alex Baker - Year in Europe co-ordinator

Alex's research interests have developed into the fields of marine and atmospheric iodine biogeochemistry and the atmospheric transport of nutrients and trace metals and their impact on the marine carbon cycle. 
See Alex's full profile on the School of Environmental Science website.

Dr Susan Matthews - Pharmacy Research Projects Coordinator

Susan's research interests are at the interface of chemistry and biology focusing on the development of smart drug delivery systems.
See Sue's full profile on the School of Pharmacy website.

Dr Ben Milner - Natural Sciences Teaching Executive 

Ben teaches modules on sound and image processing and on electronics. He has supervised final year Natural Sciences projects on audio processing and in particular on estimating the fundamental frequency of musical instruments. 
See Ben's full profile on the School of Computing Sciences website.

Dr Tom Clarke - Chair of Exam Board

Tom teaches on modules in BIO and CHE as part of the biochemistry program and his research on mineral respiring bacteria covers multiple natural science disciplines including microbiology, chemistry and geology.
See Tom's full profile on the School of Biological Sciences website.

Biography

After an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Cambridge) and an M.Sc. in Atmospheric Sciences (UEA), I completed my Ph.D. in Meteorology at Reading. This was followed by postdoctoral work at Reading, and University of Colorado -- NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory, and a Research Fellowship at the CRC for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. In 1999 I was appointed to a joint position in the School of Environmental Sciences and the School of Mathematics at University of East Anglia, where I am now Professor of Meteorology.

I have a wide range of research interests, mainly in meteorology and oceanography with a focus on the tropics.  These include research into fundamental processes through observational data analysis and numerical modelling.  A particular area of interest is the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), for which we issue a daily MJO forecast.  Further details can be found at my personal web page at envam1.env.uea.ac.uk


PhD Studentships Available
   Please visit envam1.env.uea.ac.uk/phd.html  for details of funded PhD projects.

I always welcome email enquiries from potential PhD students, particularly from applicants with external funding; recent PhD students have been funded by Commonwealth University fellowships, the Ford Foundation and studentships from their home countries.

PhD Positions

Click here for other current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences.

 

Website: http://envam1.env.uea.ac.uk/

Career History

  • 1985-88. B.A. Natural Sciences (Physics and Theoretical Physics), University of Cambridge.
  • 1988-89. M.Sc. Atmospheric Sciences, University of East Anglia. 
  • 1990-93. Ph.D. Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.
  • 1994-96. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading.
  • 1996-98. Research Scientist II, NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory/CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1998-99. Research Fellow, Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1999-present. Joint faculty position in School of Environmental Sciences and School of Mathematics, University of East Anglia (Lecturer, 1999; Senior Lecturer, 2004; Reader, 2008; Professor, 2015).

All Publications

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Vinayachandran, P., Matthews, A. J., Vijay Kumar, K., Sanchez-Franks, A., Thushara, V., George, J., Vijith, V., Webber, B. G., Queste, B. Y., Roy, R., Sarkar, A., Baranowski, D. B., Bhat, G., Klingaman, N. P., Peatman, S. C., Parida, C., Heywood, K. J., Hall, R., King, B., Kent, E. C., Nayak, A. A., Neema, C., Amol, P., Lotliker, A., Kankonkar, A., Gracias, D., Vernekar, S., Souza, A., Valluvan, G., Pargaonkar, S. M., Dinesh, K., Giddings, J., Joshi, M.

(2018)

BoBBLE (Bay of Bengal Boundary Layer Experiment): Ocean-atmosphere interaction and its impact on the South Asian monsoon,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Xu, G., Osborn, T., Matthews, A.

(2017)

Moisture transport by Atlantic tropical cyclones onto the North American continent,

in Climate Dynamics

48

(9)

pp. 3161–3182

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Baranowski, D., Flatau, M., Flatau, P., Matthews, A.

(2016)

Phase locking between atmospheric convectively coupled equatorial Kelvin waves and the diurnal cycle of precipitation over the Maritime Continent,

in Geophysical Research Letters

43

(15)

pp. 8269–8276

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Xu, G., Osborn, T. J., Matthews, A. J., Joshi, M. M.

(2016)

Different atmospheric moisture divergence responses to extreme and moderate El Niños,

in Climate Dynamics

47

(1)

pp. 393-410

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Poulidis, A., Renfrew, I., Matthews, A.

(2016)

Thermally induced convective circulation and precipitation over an isolated volcano,

in Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences

73

(4)

pp. 1667-1886

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Birch, C., Webster, S., Peatman, S., Parker, D., Matthews, A., Li, Y., Hassim, M.

(2016)

Scale interactions between the MJO and the western Maritime Continent,

in Journal of Climate

29

(7)

article no. 2471–2492

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Baranowski, D., Flatau, M., Flatau, P., Matthews, A.

(2016)

Impact of atmospheric convectively coupled equatorial Kelvin waves on upper ocean variability,

in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

121

(5)

pp. 2045-2059

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Van Der Wiel, K., Matthews, A., Joshi, M., Stevens, D.

(2016)

Why the South Pacific Convergence Zone is diagonal,

in Climate Dynamics

46

(5-6)

pp. 1683-1698

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Van Der Wiel, K., Matthews, A., Joshi, M., Stevens, D.

(2016)

The influence of diabatic heating in the South Pacific Convergence Zone on Rossby wave propagation and the mean flow,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

142

(695)

pp. 901-910

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Peatman, S., Matthews, A., Stevens, D.

(2015)

Propagation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation and scale interaction with the diurnal cycle in a high-resolution GCM,

in Climate Dynamics

45

pp. 2901-2918

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Van Der Wiel, K., Matthews, A., Stevens, D., Joshi, M.

(2015)

A dynamical framework for the origin of the diagonal South Pacific and South Atlantic convergence zones,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

141

(691)

pp. 1997-2010

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Niznik, M., Lintner, B., Matthews, A., Widlansky, M.

(2015)

The role of tropical-extratropical interaction and synoptic variability in maintaining the South Pacific Convergence Zone in CMIP5 models,

in Journal of Climate

28

(8)

pp. 3353-3374

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Matthews, A., Baranowski, D., Heywood, K., Flatau, P., Schmidtko, S.

(2014)

The surface diurnal warm layer in the Indian Ocean during CINDY/DYNAMO,

in Journal of Climate

27

(24)

pp. 9101–9122

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Webber, B. G. M., Matthews, A. J., Heywood, K. J., Kaiser, J., Schmidtko, S.

(2014)

Seaglider observations of equatorial Indian Ocean Rossby waves associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation,

in Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans

119

(6)

pp. 3714-3731

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Peatman, S. C., Matthews, A. J., Stevens, D. P.

(2014)

Propagation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation through the Maritime Continent and scale interaction with the diurnal cycle of precipitation,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

140

(680)

pp. 814–825

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hicks, P. D., Cooker, M. J., Matthews, A. J.

(2014)

Saturation front evolution for liquid infiltration into a gas filled porous medium with counter-current flow,

in European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids

43

pp. 202-215

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Matthews, A. J., Pickup, G., Peatman, S. C., Clews, P., Martin, J.

(2013)

The effect of the Madden-Julian Oscillation on station rainfall and river level in the Fly River system, Papua New Guinea,

in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

118

(19)

pp. 10,926-10,935

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Dawson, A., Matthews, A. J., Stevens, D. P., Roberts, M. J., Vidale, P. L.

(2013)

Importance of oceanic resolution and mean state on the extra-tropical response to El Niño in a matrix of coupled models,

in Climate Dynamics

41

(5-6)

pp. 1439-1452

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Oppel, S., Hilton, G., Allcorn, R., Fenton, C., Matthews, A., Gibbons, D.

(2013)

The effects of rainfall on different components of seasonal fecundity in a tropical forest passerine,

in Ibis

155

pp. 464-475

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Webber, B., Matthews, A., Heywood, K., Stevens, D.

(2012)

Ocean Rossby waves as a triggering mechanism for primary Madden-Julian events,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

138

(663)

pp. 514-527

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

My research interests are in meteorology and oceanography, on both weather and climate time scales, through observational data analysis and numerical modelling. 


Further details can be found at my personal page.

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Royal Society Summer Exhibit Web Page:www.salt-oceans.tumblr.com

Key Responsibilities

  • Director of Admissions for Natural Sciences