Our faculty and their research interests Our faculty and their research interests

Alex Baker PhotoAlex Baker
Professor of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry

Atmospheric nutrient supply to the oceans; influences on iron solubility in aerosol; marine and atmospheric iodine cycling.



Dorothee Bakker

Processes affecting the air-sea transfer of natural long-lived greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide) and the marine carbon cycle in a changing climate, notably the role of marine biota, ocean circulation, stratification, iron supply, sea ice and ocean acidification. Data quality and access to marine biogeochemical data, e.g. via the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT).


Peter Brimblecombe
Emeritus Professor

Chemistry of aqueous aerosols, air pollution damage, indoor air pollution and long term changes in atmospheric composition.



Erik Buitenhuis
Research Officer

Integrating physiological observations of marine (micro-)organisms into descriptions of Plankton Functional Types (PFTs); modelling the role of PFTs in global ocean biogeochemical cycles (PlankTOM models); modelling interactions between the (marine) biosphere and climate change.


Simon Clegg
Professor of Environmental Sciences

The thermodynamics of aqueous solutions, and the use of models to predict their behaviour in geochemical systems including atmospheric aerosols. The physical chemistry of inorganic gases (e.g., nitric and sulphuric acids, and ammonia) and organic vapours (those responsible for aerosol formation) in the atmosphere, and their partitioning into liquid water.

Paul Dennis
Head of the Stable Isotope Facility

Stable Isotope Geochemistry; in-situ cosmogenic isotope chemistry; noble gas chemistry; terrestrial and marine palaeoclimate analysis, Landscape evolution; hydrology and hydrogeology; isotopic oceanography; atmospheric chemistry; stable isotope instrumentation and techniques.

Steve Dorling
Professor of Meteorology

Synoptic and air pollution meteorology, climate change, neural networks, computer aided learning, satellite remote sensing/image processing.



Alastair Grant
Professor of Ecology

Life history evolution in stochastic environments, marine pollution and ecotoxicology, evolutionary biology and molecular phylogeny of marine invertebrates.



Rob Hall PhotoRob Hall
Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography

Internal waves and internal tides, their interactions with complex topography such as submarine canyons, their effect on turbulent mixing, biogeochemical fluxes, and sediment resuspension, and their impact on pelagic and benthic ecosystems.


Karen Heywood
Professor of Physical Oceanography

Observational physical oceanography, particularly in the Southern Ocean and around Antarctica; physical ocean processes and water mass transformation; the ocean’s interaction with ice; and the use of ocean gliders for multidisciplinary observational campaigns worldwide.


Tim Jickells
Emeritus Professor

Biogeochemical cycling, chemical studies of the environment, particularly rainwater, coastal and ocean waters and deep sea sedimentation.



Phil Jones
Professorial Fellow

Instrumental climate change, paleoclimatology.





Manoj Joshi
Professor of Climate Dynamics

Understanding the atmosphere and climate of Earth, as well as other planets.



Jan Kaiser
Professor of Biogeochemistry

Stable isotope measurements of atmospheric trace gases and aerosols; Marine biogeochemistry and air-sea exchange.



Corinne Le Quéré
Professor of Climate Change Science

The interactions between marine biogeochemistry and climate for time scales going from one to several hundred thousand years; the role of the marine carbon cycle; the role of marine ecosystems for CO2 and climate.


Peter Liss
Emeritus Professor

Chemistry of natural waters and their exchange process with the atmosphere.




Gill MalinGill Malin

The biogenic production of trace gases of atmospheric significance in marine waters dimethyl sulphide (DMS), volatile compounds that contain iodine, bromine and chlorine and non-methane hydrocarbons; how the interactions between various marine organisms (marine phytoplankton, microzooplankton, bacteria, viruses, seaweeds) and their environment, leads to the production of trace gases; understanding the physiology, biochemistry and ecology behind trace gas production.

Andrew Manning
Associate Professor in Atmospheric and Ocean Science

Biogeochemical applications of atmospheric O2 and CO2 measurements as they pertain to the reservoirs of the land biosphere, oceans, and atmosphere; instrumental development of land and ocean observing systems for all carbon cycle-related atmospheric gases; use of atmospheric data in regional and global biogeochemical, ocean-atmosphere, and land-atmosphere modelling efforts.

Adrian MatthewAdrian Matthews
Professor of Meteorology

Dynamical meteorology, observations and modelling, climate variability, ocean-atmosphere coupling.



Thomas Mock
Professor of Marine Microbiology

Environmental and functional genomics of marine microbial organisms; metagenomics of the upper ocean; physiological adaptation; diatom biology; photosynthesis; polar biology; biochemistry; biological oceanography.


Colin Murrell
Professor (ELSA)

Microbiology of microbes that grow on atmospheric trace gases such as isoprene, methane and dimethylsulfide and other methylotrophic bacteria which grow on related one-carbon (C1) compounds, including methanol, methylated amines, methanesulfonate, methylbromide and methyl chloride. 


Tim Osborn
Professor of Climate Science

Climatology; climate change; natural climate variability; climate modelling; palaeoclimatology; tree-rings; North Atlantic Oscillation; climate/weather extremes; precipitation extremes; drought; future climate scenarios.


Stuart Penkett
Emeritus Professor

Atmospheric composition and chemistry; influence of human activities on the natural system.




Claire Reeves
Professor of Atmospheric Science

Tropospheric ozone; long-range transport of pollutants, ozone depleting substances; greenhouse gases; air quality; ground based and airborne measurements; modelling.



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Ian Renfrew
Professor of Meteorology

Dynamical and physical processes within the coupled climate system; mesoscale dynamical meteorology and boundary-layer meteorology.



Carol Robinson
Professor of Marine Science

Marine biogeochemistry, global change, the marine carbon cycle, the impact of nutrient supply, microbial community composition and photochemistry on fluxes of dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide, the influence of temperature and pH on plankton activity.


Dave Stevens
Professor of Applied Mathematics

Mathematical modelling of the ocean and climate system. Physical oceanography, including ocean dynamics and observations.



Bill Sturges
Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry

Atmospheric chemistry: trace gases in the troposphere and stratosphere, and their long-term records from firn and ice cores.



Parv Suntharalingam

Biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur; constraints from other chemical species on carbon cycling processes; numerical modelling; inverse analysis methods.



Trevor Tolhurst Trevor Tolhurst
Senior Lecturer in Coastal Physical Processes

Coastal physical processes, complex physical, biological and chemical interactions that drive sedimentary (and ecological) properties and processes.



Nem Vaughan
Senior Lecturer in Climate Change

Societal response options to climate change; mitigation, adaptation, carbon removal or ‘negative emissions' and ideas of climate engineering.



Chris Vincent
Emeritus Professor

Coastal oceanography and marine acoustics, waves, currents and sediment transport, beach processes.



Rachel Warren
Professor of Global Change and Environmental Biology

Global climate policy; integrated assessment modelling; impacts of climate change on human systems and ecosystems; air pollution; stratospheric ozone depletion; economics of climate policy.


Ben WebberBen Webber
Lecturer in Climate Science

I use a combination of models and observations to study physical interactions between the ocean and atmosphere and how this influences climate variability and change, with a particular focus on tropical climate. 



Xiaoming Zhai
Associate Professor in Ocean Modelling

Key physical processes in the ocean, and the role they play in global climate variability and change