Postgraduate Students share their interests and key areas of study Postgraduate Students share their interests and key areas of study

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.

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.


Martina BristowMartina Bristow

I am looking at new ways to study zooplankton patchiness in the oceans using autonomous technologies. Acoustic sampling using autonomous echo sounders integrated onto autonomous platforms, for example gliders which are capable of taking concurrent measurements of the local environment, will enable the relationship between zooplankton distribution and physical and biogeochemical properties of the water to be studied in higher resolution than typical ship-based zooplankton studies. I am keen to explore the opportunities offered by wideband acoustics, which could be used to improve target identification and potentially reveal finer details of the structure of zooplankton layers. 


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




Lauren Gooch




Alexandra Howat




Ruth Kirk




Mike Newland

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


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.



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.


Anna Ridley

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


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.


Krisztina Sarkozi




Katrin Schmidt




Natalie Wager




Rebecca WrightRebecca Wright

I studied Marine Biology with Oceanography, followed by Master of Marine Science at Bangor University, North Wales. I am highly committed to environmental science, with a particular enthusiasm for marine biology, especially related to current and future threats from climate change.
My PhD, based at the University of East Anglia, aims to quantify the role of climate change on the occurrence of jellyfish blooms in the oceans using a new database, observations and a global marine biogeochemical model. Through this I am also investigating how jellyfish interact with the rest of the plankton community. As the oceans warm under the influence of climate change, it is expected that jellyfish abundance will increase, but this interaction is complicated and poorly understood due to multiple interactions with the environment, and other anthropogenic influence (i.e. over fishing). 

Yanzong Zheng