Professional summary

Research Interests

I am a land surface modeller with particular interests in hydrology and its interactions with other biogeochemical processes. Most of my recent work has used the JULES land surface model and often considers the large spatial scales typical of climate and earth system models. In particular I am interested in:

  • developing the JULES model so that it can be used for new areas of science, e.g. the nitrogen cycle
  • making the hydrology of land surface schemes more realistic, for example by including better representations of flooding, dams and reservoirs.

My current or recent work includes:

  • adding a representation of the terrestrial nitrogen cycle to JULES. This involves coupling JULES to the ECOSSE model of soil C and N processes. It is hoped that this new model will eventually be implemented in UKESM, the UK's next Earth System Model being developed in a partnership between NERC and the Met Office.
  • developing JULES so that it is better able to simulate fluvial inundation (i.e. flooding from rivers). In particular we want to ensure that flood water is fully integrated with the rest of the model hydrological cycle, for example infiltration to the soil and evaporation. This work is being pursued within NERC's Hydro-JULES project.
  • representing human management of water resources, particularly via dams and reservoirs, with a focus on Brazil, in a Newton Fund/CSSp Brazil project.

Brief CV

1998 - present: Land surface modeller at UKCEH. Areas of activity have included: hydrology, land-atmosphere interactions, carbon and nitrogen cycles, development of JULES code and documentation.

1995-1998: PhD Meteorology, University of Reading

1994-1995: Research assistant, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, developing a model of continental-scale hydrology.

1993-1994: MSc Engineering Hydrology, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

1990-1993: BSc Meteorology, University of Reading