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

Alex Baker


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


Dorothee Bakker

Marine carbon cycle; quantification of oceanic sources and sinks for atmospheric carbon dioxide; interactions and feedbacks between marine biogeochemical cycles, role of natural iron fertilisation in Southern Ocean productivity; effect of a high CO2 and ocean acidification on marine biota.


Keith Briffa
Professor of Environmental Sciences

Dendroclimatology, palaeoclimate and recent climate change.



Peter Brimblecombe
Professorial Fellow

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 (Quest Earth System Model).


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
Senior Lecturer

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



Clare Goodess
Senior Research Associate

Regional climate change projections; downscaling; extreme weather events; representation of uncertainty; probabilistic climate change projections; climate change impacts; Mediterranean climate change.


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

Internal waves and internal tides, their effect on turbulent mixing of the oceans, and the implications for biogeochemical fluxes and primary productivity. I investigate these processes through a combination of observational data analysis and numerical model simulations.


Karen Heywood
Professor of Environmental Sciences

Observational physical oceanography, particularly North Atlantic and Southern Oceans, water mass formation, satellite remote sensing of the oceans, altimetry.



Simon Jennings
Honorary Professor
Population, community and ecosystem ecology; biodiversity; macroecology; food webs; life histories; stable isotope analysis; fisheries ecology and management; environmental management systems and policy.



Tim Jickells
Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director of COAS

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



Phil Jones

Instrumental climate change, paleoclimatology.



Martin Johnson
Lecturer in Marine Science

Biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen compounds, particularly in aquatic environments; and the physics, chemistry and biology of ocean-atmosphere trace gas exchange. 



Manoj Joshi
Lecturer in Climate Dynamics

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



Jan Kaiser

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



Johannes Laube
NERC Fellow

Detection, quantification, distribution and long-term trends of halocarbons in the atmosphere, particularly in the upper troposphere, the stratosphere, the remote troposphere and the air trapped in deep firn. Furthermore I am interested in fractional release, lifetimes and isotope fractionation of long-lived halocarbons in the stratosphere.


Corinne Le Quéré
Director of Tyndall Centre

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
Professorial Fellow

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



Gill 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
Reader in Atmospheric & 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

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 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

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

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



Ian Renfrew
Professor of Environmental Science and Deputy Director of COAS

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



Carol Robinson

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

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 TolhurstTrevor Tolhurst
Lecturer in Coastal Physical Processes

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



Nem Vaughan
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.



Roland von Glasow (1971 -2015)
Professor of Atmospheric Science

Roland specialised in chemistry, physics and the atmosphere with a focus on tropospheric halogen chemistry, chemistry-cloud-climate interactions and multiphase chemistry (gas, aerosol, cloud droplets).



Rachel Warren

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


Tom Wigley
Honorary Professor

Climate, sea level and carbon cycle modeling; climate data analysis.



Xiaoming Zhai
Lecturer in Ocean Modelling

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