Professional summary

Research Interests

My research is in Land Surface Science. I have two special focuses:

   (1) River routing and other flows over land and into the Global Ocean. I was responsible for putting overbank inundation into the JULES land surface model in 2015/16 and I am currently working to improve our representation of different forms of inundation and river flow. This is critical for predicting floods and droughts, and also links to many other aspects of climate change prediction where our current knowledge is insufficient (e.g. land-atmosphere interactions, coastal exchange). For this, I work with NOC on the CHAMFER project and I am using the UK's coupled model configurations.

   (2) Wetland environments, particularly in the Tropics, which are hugely important for global water and carbon cycles and, of course, biodiversity. I am working with partners in SE Asia through UKCEH's NC-International project to make better predictions of peatland and oil palm environments.

Through my projects (see here for more details) I am involved with the theory and development of land surface models (LSMs) and hydrological models, working collaboratively with groups in the UK, India, Norway, US, Panama and elsewhere. Mostly, I use the UK model JULES, for which I am a code developer.

Brief CV

I have been a Land Surface Science Researcher at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford, UK, since October 2015.

Previous posts:

Post-doctoral researcher, 2012-15 at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) Water Resources Lab working for Prof. Simon Dadson, UK.
Post-doctoral researcher, 2008-12 at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) Ecosystems Lab working for Prof. Yadvinder Malhi, UK.
Post-doctorant, 2007-8, at the LSCE, CEA Saclay, Paris, FR
PostDoktorand, Apr-Jun 2007, at the IEU, University of Zuerich, CH


PhD in Plant Science “Modelling Gap-regeneration in tropical forests”, 2003-7, University of Aberdeen, UK.

MSc Conservation Ecology and Planning, 2002, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
MSc Mathematics of Nonlinear Models, 1997-8, Heriot-Watt University & University of Edinburgh, UK.
BSc Physics and Mathematics, 1992-6, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Panels, committees and memberships

British Ecological Society (BES)

European Geosciences Union (EGU)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA)


Please note about the publications list below: publications listed here are only those with bibliographic info assigned within the NORA system. For the full list of my publications, please see here.