Our current Postgraduates and their research interests Our current Postgraduates and their research interests

Samuel Allin

My research spans a range of Environmental Science disciplines including Atmospheric and Polar Sciences. I am part of the Laboratory for Global Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry (LGMAC), conducting a large part of my work in the Stable Isotope Laboratory (SIL). I also have links to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, where one of my supervisors is based (Dr. R. Mulvaney).

Oliver Andrews




Tahmeena Aslam



Daniel Bannister

My research interests are particularly focused on the meteorology and climatology of polar regions (especially dynamical mesoscale weather systems and processes), and our ability to accurately model such processes. I am also interested in the role climate change plays in shaping polar regions, and the subsequent impacts environmental change will have upon terrestrial and marine polar ecosystems.

Jonathan Barichivich




Cansu Bayindirli




Piotr Bentkowski

Co-evolution of life and its environment, theoretical and experimental ecology, theory of evolution, system science.



Louise Biddle

The use of dissolved oxygen as a meltwater tracer; Modelling meltwater pathways; The use of Seagliders to collect oceanographic data; The effect of meltwater on biological productivity


Umberto Binetti



Sandra Boegelein

My research interests are in the field of Environmental Psychology. I am interested in individuals' perceptions of environmental problems and Climate Change in particular. I am looking at motivations for and obstacles to pro-environmental behaviour and interventions to promote environmental friendly behaviour. Further I am interested in applying ideas derived from Economic Game Theory to the area of pro-environmental behaviour. Both fields of research touch on theories of moral development and justice.

Maud Borie

Biodiversity science and policy, Geography of science, Environmental governance (especially regarding biodiversity and climate change).


Christopher Brown




Zak Buys



Saisiri Chaichana



Joanna Chitty



Sophie Chollet





Jan Chylik




Harriet Condie

I am currently researching the potential economic and ecological impacts of proposed changes to policies managing the discarding of catch in European Union fisheries, under the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. My main area of research is looking at incentivising more selective fishing by UK vessels.

Richard Cooper

I have a broad interest across the Environmental Sciences discipline, from hydrology and sedimentology to ecology and paleoclimatology.


Simon Crook




Rhiannon Davies




Delphine Deryng




Jindarat Ekprasert

Environmental microbiology; Bacterial monooxygenases.


Yvette Eley

The application of compound-specific stable isotope analysis to palaeoclimatological, archaeological and ecological studies. Sourcing biological materials using stable isotopes, radiogenic isotopes and trace elements. Development of stable isotope methodologies for forensic casework.

Myriam El Khawand



Sian Foch-Gatrell

Climate change, carbon cycle, biogeochemistry, marine science and biological oceanography.


Amelia Frizell-Armitage




Lauren Gooch




Imke Grefe

My main interest is in Marine Biogeochemistry with a focus on the impact of microorganisms on nutrient cycles and trace gases.


Rachel Hale

The aim of my research is to investigate how changes in marine biodiversity, such as those resulting from anthropogenic disturbances like climate change and coastal development, feedback into the ecosystem, affecting the physical, chemical and biological characteristics. 


Moritz Heinle

My main interests are the physiological adaptations of marine organisms, especially calcifying organisms, to their environment and the global climate change in particular.


Celine Heuze

Climate modelling, ice/ocean interaction, the Southern Ocean, what happens under the ice. I am also highly interested in cosmology and space exploration. 


Alexandra Howat




Antonia Johnston




Asif Khattak




Ruth Kirk




Emma Littleton

Influence of the terrestrial biosphere on global climate; Modelling of climate change scenarios and Earth system feedbacks; Geoengineering options, impacts and policy framing; Biogeochemical cycling in soils, soil C sequestration and N2O emissions; Trade-offs and synergies between greenhouse gas mitigation objectives, agricultural sustainability and biodiversity conservation.

Martin Mahony

Geography of science; science and technology studies; environmental governance.


Christopher May

Evaluation and combination of regional climate model ensembles. Performance metrics and regional climate processes.  


Amy McDougall

My major interests are in the affect of climate change upon biodiversity. Mainly, how will climate change affect individual species and those assemblages in which they belong? Can species adapt to climate change or are we on the verge of the 6th mass extinction? Modelling is a key tool for helping answer such questions. I am specifically interested in how Amphibians will cope with such predicted challenges. 

Christopher Miles




Christos Mitsis




Siobhan Moran




Alistair Nesbitt




Sarah Newberry




Mike Newland

Hydrocarbon and NOx chemistry; global atmospheric modeling; ozone depleting substances; paleoclimatology.


Amy O'Callaghan

Atmospheric Dynamics and Processes, particularly focusing on the stratosphere; Ocean circulation and variability over long time-scales; Coupling of the atmosphere and ocean; General circulation models.


Christopher O'Donnell




Clare Ostle

My main research interests are in analysing in-situ data to determine the long-term biological response of plankton to our changing environment.


Katy Owen

Flow cytometry is an optical analysis technique currently revolutionising data collection in phytoplankton research. A flow cytometer offers an automated, high-speed method of accurately counting thousands of cells within a few minutes, whilst simultaneously collecting data on their size, structure, and pigment content. Information on all three size fractions can be acquired simultaneously and in much greater volumes than ever before. I analyse samples from estuarine, coastal and offshore environments on a monthly basis, in order to track seasonal and spatial shifts in phytoplankton community structure. I hope to use the data I collect to produce detailed mapping of phytoplankton biomass distributions in order to contribute to a better understanding of how these vital cells may react to future environmental change. 

Penelope Pickers

My main research interests are the carbon cycle, climate change, and ocean biogeochemistry. More specifically, my research focuses on making atmospheric carbon dioxide and oxygen measurements to a very high precision, with a view to gaining insight into regional and global carbon cycle processes.

Liam Pollard




Kate Porter

Climate change; climate geoengineering; perceptions; worldviews; the nature-culture interface; environmental knowledges; participatory research methods.


Alex Poulidis

I'm generally fascinated by non-linear dynamics. My main interest lies in computational modelling of environmental processes (boundary layer and mesoscale). I have mainly worked with atmospheric processes, but I've also tried different areas throughout the years (including volcanic conduit modelling as my Masters dissertation). After my Masters I've also developed a taste for natural hazards risk assessment and mitigation – especially volcanically related.

Bastien Queste

My research interests revolve around the influence of anthropogenic development on coastal areas and regional seas, particularly with the synergistic impact of potential changes in climate. I am more particularly interested in the emergence of recently discovered, or undiscovered, mesoscale events due to rapidly changing climate factors and ever increasing coastal developments. My current research focuses on such events: understanding and modelling the development and effects of low oxygen regions as a result of large inputs of organic matter coupled with strong stratification in sites possessing specific hydrogeomorphological characteristics. It is hoped that the worked produced will then feed into policy and further developments of North Sea governance.

Anna Ridley

I am interested in the use of isotope fractionation to determine sources and sink processes of halocarbons.


Alida Rosales Villa




Andrew Rushby

My main research interests are in the fields of biogeochemistry and planetary habitability, in particular the history of the oxygen inventory of the Earth and how different factors affect the rise or decline of oxygen in planetary atmospheres. I am also interested in the emerging field of exoplanetary science and the use of habitability metrics and indices as a means of analysing and comparing the potential of these planets for supporting life.

Pakawan Sangsree




Krisztina Sarkozi




Katrin Schmidt




Beate Stawiarski





Luke Surl

Atmospheric Chemistry & Gas Kinetics; Volcanology; Boundary-layer meteorology; Computational Chemistry


Andrzej Tkacz




Philip Underwood




Chaya Vaddhanaphuti




Royah Vaezi




Anne van der Meer




Karin van der Wiel

I am interested in climate variability, atmosphere-ocean interaction, tropical and extra-tropical weather systems, atmospheric teleconnections and climate change.


Jorge Luis Vazquez Aguirre




Natalie Wager




Alison Webb




Daniela Wischer

Microbial ecology; Nitrogen cycling; One-carbon metabolism.


Guangzhi Xu




Chan Yodle



Yanzong Zheng