In my research I aim to understand the influence of climate change on biosphere-atmosphere interactions (BAIs; i.e. the fluxes between terrestrial ecosystems and the lower atmosphere such as evapotranspiration and ecosystem CO2 release and how they will be modified under future climate change - see CEH’s 2014-19 science strategy).
My particular approach is to study extreme events firstly because of their huge importance in the contemporary world (e.g. IPCC 2012), but also, secondly, because these are the essential testing ground where BAIs are perturbed in ways our current models find difficult to predict.
Extreme events are key because they show how clearly interconnected our environment is to human society (Belmont) and building resilience to these events is a critical focus of the NERC strategy and 2016-20 delivery plan. Therefore, the results of my research find direct application in understanding and solving real-world issues and problems.
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I am a Research Associate in Land Surface Science at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford, UK: http://www.ceh.ac.uk/wallingford .
Post-doctoral researcher, 2012-15 at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) Water Resources Lab working for Prof. Simon Dadson.
Post-doctoral researcher, 2008-12 at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) Ecosystems Lab working for Prof. Yadvinder Malhi.
Post-doctorant, 2007-8, at the LSCE, CEA Saclay, Paris
PostDoktorand, Apr-Jun 2007, at the IEU, University of Zurich
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.
Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA)
British Ecological Society (BES)
European Geosciences Union (EGU)