NERC is committed to being open and transparent, and so here we provide some background on members of NERC's Science & Innovation Strategy Board. A register of board members' interests is also publicly available.
Philip is the Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. Before joining the Department in 1986, he held a faculty post in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Harvard and, before that, held a NERC post-doctoral fellowship, then an IBM fellowship at Cambridge. His first degree was in physics at Bristol, and he has a DPhil in geophysics from Oxford.
Philip's research covers several aspects of tectonics, including continental deformation, metamorphism, and the thermal and mechanical structure of subduction zones. He has published many theoretical papers on the dynamics of continental deformation, including several studies of the links between surface faulting and the motions of the deeper lithosphere. He has also been closely involved measurements of deformation, including more than 20 GPS campaigns in Greece, New Zealand and Italy.
Liz holds the Established Chair of soil science and is Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. Following her PhD in soil science she took up a lectureship at Wye College, University of London, and a Wain research fellowship at Imperial College London. She then moved to the University of Aberdeen on a NERC advanced fellowship. She is currently president elect of the British Society of Soil Science, a Fellow of the Society of Biology, and is on the editorial board of several journals.
Liz's research interests cover plant-soil interactions, soil biogeochemistry and soil fertility. Much of her research focus is on greenhouse gas production in soils, developing and applying stable isotope approaches to link process measurements with characterisation of the underpinning microbiology and biochemistry. She has pioneered the development of isotope enrichment approaches for quantifying and distinguishing between different nitrous oxide producing processes in soil. Her current interest is in plant regulation of rhizosphere processes.
Adrian is the Chief Scientist for the Environmental Sciences Department of the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which is an agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). He is responsible for the quality of the scientific outputs from the department and for ensuring that the right capabilities are in place to satisfy principally MOD requirements for science and technology advice. Adrian is part of the end-user community for NERC science.
After completing his PhD, Adrian joined AEA Technology, undertaking research and consultancy focusing on the migration and remediation of both radioactive and non-radioactive contaminants in the terrestrial environment.
After joining Dstl in 2003, Adrian led aspects of the MOD Depleted Uranium research programme and investigated the impacts on the environment of contaminants that have specific military applications. He also became the lead technical advisor for contaminated land issues at Porton Down. He has interests in radiation detection, the protection of personnel from ionising radiation hazards, the migration of contaminants in the environment, contaminated land and ground/surface water pollution.
Paul is Professor of Hydrology in the School of Geographical Sciences. Following a PhD at Bristol and postdoctoral research funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers, NERC and Electricité de France, Paul was appointed to a lectureship at Bristol in 1995 and promoted to a Chair in 2003. He has held Visiting Scientist positions at Princeton University, Laboratoire National d'Hydraulique, Paris, the EU Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Paul's main science contribution has been to improve the prediction of flood inundation through the development of new computer models, the use of data from new airborne, satellite and ground sensors and through the better characterisation of risk and uncertainty. He also undertakes significant International collaboration, including work with NASA, the French National Space Agency (CNES), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia in Brazil, and is part of the mission science team for the forthcoming NASA/CNES Surface Water Ocean Topography mission due for launch in 2020. His principal research concerns the fluid dynamics and modelling of flooding, but he has widespread research interests in risk, resilience, uncertainty, governance and decision-making in relation to natural hazards and global water issues.
Mike has been on the staff at the University of Liverpool since 1975, where he has been Professor of Ecology since 1995. Since around that time he has been working on rodents and their zoonotic pathogens in natural populations. There has been an emphasis in the work on generating data to confront theory and also a belief that studies on the population dynamics of infection must progress beyond single species of either host or of pathogen. The work aims both to provide fundamental insights into the dynamics of infection in natural populations and to improve our ability to understand and model the risk to humans of zoonotic infections. Methodologies developed in the UK have also been transferred to the study of bubonic plague in the great gerbil in Central Asia, generating new data for that system that have been important in their own right but also crucial in analyses of archived data on plague, and also on leptospirosis in the favelas of Salvador, Brazil. Mike is the author of around 180 scientific research articles and also of a number of ecology textbooks.
Stephen is the Joint Met Office Chair in Weather Systems at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading. In this role he is responsible for developing the research partnership between the Met Office and the University of Reading. Before taking this role, he was Head of Department of Meteorology, and then Head of School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences at the University of Reading. Stephen has a degree in mathematics and a PhD in fluid mechanics from DAMTP, University of Cambridge.
Stephen's expertise is in the dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans. The goal of his research is to understand new processes that improve weather and climate prediction models. Examples include the meteorology of cities, mixing in the upper ocean, and the exchange of carbon dioxide between forests and the atmosphere. This range of topics has brought Stephen into contact with a wide range of collaborators and provided a broad experience of the user community. He spent five years working one day per week at the consulting company Arup helping to develop business in environmental modelling.
Andy is Director of Science at the Met Office. His role includes specific responsibilities for the Foundation Science directorate, which performs underpinning science and model development critical to both weather and climate prediction. Many aspects of the work involve close collaboration with NERC, and Andy is on the Strategic Programme Board of the Met Office/NERC Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme.
Andy joined the Met Office in 1990 after gaining a BA in physics at Oxford University. He initially worked on large-eddy modelling and parametrisation of the atmospheric boundary layer, completing a PhD on turbulence modelling at the University of Surrey. He has since worked on and published widely across a wide range of atmospheric processes, including cumulus convection and flow over hills, and their improved representation in numerical models. He has also spent a year on secondment at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF).
Andy is active internationally, co-chairing the Working Group for Numerical Experimentation (WGNE) which is co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization Commission for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). He is also involved with a number of other WMO and WCRP committees.
Peter is Professor of Climate System Dynamics and leader of the Climate Change & Sustainable Futures theme at the University of Exeter, having previously worked at the Met Office's Hadley Centre and at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. His personal research has focused on interactions between the land-surface and climate, including the first climate projections to include vegetation and the carbon cycle as interactive elements.
Peter has been a lead-author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Group for the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change, and was a member of the UK Royal Society expert groups on 'Ground-level ozone in the 21st century' and 'Geoengineering the climate'. Peter has been amongst the most highly-cited authors in climate change research during the last decade.
Richard holds a personal Chair of Biogeochemistry at the University of Bristol. He has a degree in applied chemistry (Trent Polytechnic) and PhD in chemical ecology (University of Keele). Following this, he held a BP-funded postdoctoral position within the Organic Geochemistry Unit, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. He then moved to the University of Liverpool where he managed a mass spectrometry facility for biochemical research. He returned to the University of Bristol in 1993 as Lecturer in Chemistry. He was promoted to professor in 2000 and elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010.
Richard has a diverse range of interdisciplinary research interests involving developing and applying state-of-the-art chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to obtain molecular and stable isotopic information from organic compounds in order to improve our understanding of ancient and modern environments. His major research areas include: biogeochemistry (mainly of terrestrial systems), chemical archaeology, palaeoclimatology, biomolecular palaeontology and analytical organic chemistry. He is Director of NERC's Life Science Mass Spectrometry Facility and serves on a range of committees, including the National Gallery Scientific Consultative Group.
Tamara is Professor of Ecotoxicology at the University of Exeter and also holds an honorary Chair at University of Exeter Medical School. Her first degree was in biochemistry from the University of Glasgow followed by a PhD in biochemistry, studying the structure and function of cholera toxin at the University of Edinburgh. After her PhD she worked for a few years in the pharmaceutical industry, in the research and development of new advances in clinical diagnosis. Following a career break during which she worked part time with Nobel Laureate Peter Mitchell, she restarted her academic career at the University of Plymouth, moving to Exeter in 2007.
Tamara's research focus is in understanding how organisms adapt and survive in polluted environments and she studies the health effects of some of the most pressing priority and emerging pollutants: including complex organics, plastics additives, metals and nanoparticles. She receives funding from a wide range of competitive sources including NERC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, medical charities and industry groups both in the UK and internationally. She is an expert member of several national and international committees charged with environmental protection and the promotion of translational research.
Angela is Professor of Marine Biogeochemistry at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). She has a degree in applied biology, and a PhD in biogeochemistry from the University of East Anglia. She is currently a member of the NOC Association Steering Board and Ocean Acidification Programme Advisory Group, and is the Dynamic Oceans Theme Leader at SAMS. She has been awarded two NERC fellowships, a Challenger Fellowship and is an elected Fellow of the Society of Biology.
In the past, Angela has been a member of the NERC Peer Review College, Challenger Society Council, SOLAS Steering Committee and the QUEST Programme Integration Team. In addition she is an EU Expert Evaluator and has contributed to a number of research council peer review moderation panels, including as Chair.
Angela's research interests focus on microbial biogeochemical processes and their impact on climate and marine ecosystem function, with a specific interest in marine biogas production. Her research is conducted through both laboratory and field based studies, including research cruises to the Arabian Sea, Equatorial Pacific and Antarctic. She has supervised nine PhD students and several masters student projects, and teaches on both the marine science degree and MRes in Ecosystem Based Marine Management.
Mike is Professor of Seismology at the University of Bristol. He was a NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the USA. He has had faculty positions at the University of Toronto and the University of Leeds, and he worked briefly for Chevron Canada Resources in Calgary. He is currently president of the British Geophysical Association and vice-president (geophysics) of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Mike's research interests cover pure and applied seismology, with connections to mineralogy, tectonics/geodynamics and engineering. Current research in global geophysics concentrates on the nature of the core-mantle boundary, continental cratons, continental rifting, mid-ocean ridges and subduction zones. He has led seismic field experiments in a range of geologic settings.
Techniques developed to study wave propagation in the deep Earth have also been applied to his research in exploration seismology. His interests lie in microseismicity and passive seismic monitoring, rock-fracture characterisation and linked geophysics, geomechanics and fluid-flow modelling. He has managed a number of large industry-funded consortia.
Georgina is Professor of Biodiversity & Ecosystems at University College London, and head of the Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research. Her research interests are in measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. She led the process to develop, test and document criteria for listing species on IUCN's Red List of threatened species, and subsequently worked on the biodiversity elements of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and on the technical development of measures for the Convention on Biological Diversity 2010 biodiversity target. Recently she has worked on the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme, and was a co-investigator on the NERC Valuing Nature Network.
She has held positions as Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London, Head of the Institute of Zoology and Director of the NERC Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College London. She is President of the British Ecological Society (2011-2013) and a member of the 2014 REF panel for Earth & Environmental Sciences.
Simon is Professor of Mineral Physics at the University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences. His research covers a broad range of interests all linked by their relationship to the atomic-scale, nano-scale and microscopic structure of minerals. He is interested in the relationships between structure, dynamics and properties of crystalline solids from the Earth's core to the biosphere, and how these properties impact upon broader Earth and environmental processes. His work involves the use of synchrotron and neutron radiation sources as well as experiments in his home laboratories.
He is currently a member of the NERC Training Advisory Group, the Peer Review College, as well as serving as a member of Science Board at the Science & Technology Facilities Council. Recently, Simon has served as a Science Media Fellow at the BBC, experiencing the mechanisms by which scientific discovery and journalistic exposition interact, both in written and broadcast media. He is keen to help in efforts to make scientific methods and processes, as well as discoveries, accessible to a wide audience.
William Sutherland holds the Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Cambridge. His main research interest has been in linking behaviour and population ecology through a combination of theoretical research and field studies. This work is summarised in his Oxford University Press monograph From Individual Behaviour to Population Ecology.
He has written four books and edited six others. He established, and is series editor for, the Techniques in Ecology & Conservation series with Oxford University Press and is an Editor in Chief for Conservation Letters and for Conservation Evidence. He was awarded the Marsh Award for Ecology, the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society London, the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology, the British Ecological Society's Ecological Engagement Award and the Distinguished Service Award of the Society for Conservation Biology.
He is particularly interested in developing new links between science and practice including developing the process of routine horizon scanning, in expanding the use of evidence-based conservation including through the Conservation Evidence website. He is an Associate Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Science & Policy.
Graham is Professor of Marine & Freshwater Biology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex. He is a member of the NERC Peer Review College 'Panel of Chairs' and is a member of the DEFRA Scientific Advisory Panel on Marine Conservation Zones.
His research interests lie in the areas of freshwater ecology and estuarine, coastal and shallow sea biology. A major focus is on the interactions between autotrophic (microalgae) and heterotrophic microbial activity and the role of dissolved organic carbon, nutrients, light, and spatial and temporal variability. A strong theme throughout his work has been to relate the biogeochemical functioning of microbial biofilms to their species composition, emphasising the importance of different species in responding to the environment. This work has demonstrated the importance of coastal zone shallow water habitats to the functioning of marine systems, the transformation of nutrients, and the impacts of eutrophication. His broader research interests include the biology of invertebrates, habitat use and fragmentation on the coast, endangered and invasive species, coastal geomorphology and sea level rise.
Ian is Director, Science & Technology, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Before joining NOC, he was a Principal Scientist at the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand, and led NIWA's National Centre for Coasts & Oceans.
Ian is a marine geologist with wide research interests in understanding interaction and feedback between the solid earth and ocean. This research has largely focused around submarine volcanism, understanding sub-seafloor structure and seafloor geological control of magma emplacement and hydrothermal fluid flow expulsion, arc magma genesis, physical volcanology of submarine eruptions and associated caldera development, submarine volcano sourced tsunami generation and propagation, and seamount evolution.
More latterly, his research interest in solid earth-ocean interaction is being applied to understand seepage of methane fluids from dissociating sub-seafloor methane hydrates beneath Arctic shelf seas and the potential (and impact) of carbon dioxide release from proposed offshore carbon storage sites. The latter research includes study of natural carbon dioxide seep sites, and existing storage sites in the North Sea. This research is associated with collaborative technology research to develop seafloor observatories and instrumentation to undertake sustained observing of seafloor fluid expulsion.
- British Antarctic Survey
- Centre for Population Biology
- Defence Science & Technology Laboratory
- Met Office
- National Oceanography Centre
- Scottish Association for Marine Science
- University College, London
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- University of Essex
- University of Exeter
- University of Liverpool
- University of Oxford
- University of Reading