Energy and Environment Institute team

Our people

Under the leadership of Professor Dan Parsons, the Energy and Environment Institute gathers together world leading scientists, across this multidisciplinary space, to conduct impactful research on the global challenges presented by environmental change and securing a low-carbon energy supply.

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Institute Director

Dan's research investigates how earth surface systems respond to climate and environmental change and explores societal adaptations to mitigate the impact of these changes.

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Director – Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies & EEI Deputy Director

Xudong is a globally recognised energy researcher whose focus is around sustainable building services, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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Dr Joshua Ahmed

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Josh is a fluvial geomorphologist interested in large river morphodynamics, floodplain evolution, and channel behaviour on this planet and beyond.

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Joanna Arnett

Institute Administrator

Joanna provides administrative support to Energy and Environment Institute team assisting in supporting the Institute’s activities and operations.

Anne Baar

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow

Anne studies sediment transport processes and its effect on large-scale river and estuary morphology in numerical models

Elena Bastianan

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Elena’s research interest is morphodynamics and sediment transport.

Pip Betts
Pip Betts

Flood Innovation Centre Project Manager

Pip is responsible for operational management and project delivery of FLIC. She manages and oversees project finances and claims. Pip oversees project marketing and communications, as well as events delivery. She is also responsible for stakeholder relationship management.

Alex Campton
Alex Campton

Flood Innovation Centre Finance and Audit Officer

Alex is responsible for establishing, maintaining and managing FLIC monitoring and reporting systems, she does this with audit, compliance and eligibility checks. She also conducts and oversights periodic internal audits and project reviews.

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Tilly Costigan

THYME Project Officer

Tilly provides project support for THYME by collecting and collating project activity data, particularly expenditure and outputs, as well as assisting with planning and organising output activity.

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Professor of Physical Geography

Tom’s research interests relate to modelling of flooding and fluvial geomorphology. He chaired the 2007 independent review into the Hull floods and was lead author on its influential report.

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Dr Giles Davidson

Project Lead, Ark - National Flood Resilience Centre

Giles has led and developed a number of major projects at the University. Working with colleagues in the Energy and Environment Institute and project partners from the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, he is currently focussed on bringing Ark-National Flood Resilience Centre to fruition. More information about Ark can be found at www.arkfloodcentre.co.uk

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Joanne Dewey

Executive Officer

As executive support to the Director of the Energy and Environment Institute Jo plays a key role in co-ordinating the Institute’s business, developing its activities, managing projects, and co-ordinating HR and finance functions.

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Reader in Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Rob’s research covers multiphase, turbulent and stratified flows and is applied to offshore wind, via the Aura partnership project.

Roberto Fernandez

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow

Roberto is a geomorphologist currently working at the science-arts interface to understand how erosion sculpts the landscape.

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Dr Rocio Fernandez

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Civil Engineer interested in Environmental flows. Fluvial biogemorphology. Loose-boundary flows. Resilience and restoration of lakes. Rocio is working for the HYDRALAB+ Project.

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Dr Nicola Fletcher

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Nicola is working on a NERC funded project in association with Southampton - Effects of Environmental Context on Species Trait Expression in Moderating Projections of Marine Ecosystems Future.

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Dr Steven Forrest

Lecturer in Flood Hazard and Risk

Steven’s research focuses on bridging the theory-practice gap in flood resilience with a particular emphasis on governance, civil society, and serious gaming.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Yousef is a mechanical engineer with a background in renewable energy systems. He is currently conducting research on optimising the performance of dew point coolers in data centres using Artificial Intelligence

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Florence Halstead

THYME Research Assistant

Florence is a member of the THYME project; working closely with school teachers and curriculum specialists across the Key Stages to develop a mixed media tool kit to support age appropriate development and learning relevant to the bioeconomy.

Kit Hardman
Kit Hardman

Scientific Officer

Kit manages the Laser Ablation ICP-MS lab at the University of Hull, where he analyses a variety of materials on behalf of industry and academia. His personal research focus is on developing techniques for radiometric dating of deformed geological fabrics.

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Dr Lisa Harrison

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lisa is researching the Combination Hazard of Extreme rainfall, Surge and high Tide on estuarine infrastructure (CHEST).

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Dr Julie Hope

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Julie’s research centres on the role of benthic microalgae and bacteria on biological stabilisation as part of the Geostick project.

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Karl Hornsby

Laboratory Technician

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Dr Cecilia de Ita

Flood Innovation Centre Researcher

Cecilia works on the 'Mapping the Gaps' project, led by the Flood Innovation Centre, in partnership with Aviva, to deliver effective models for post-flood support.

Hiatt Jackson
Hiatt Jackson

Flood Innovation Centre Technology Research Manager

Hiatt works with SMEs to develop and support innovation projects, running diagnostics to determine the innovation intervention required, working collaboratively and developing tailored packages of support.

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Dr Elena Kuvshinova

Flood Innvoation Centre Technology Research Manager

Elena works with SMEs to develop and support innovation projects and assess projects, running diagnostics to determine the innovation intervention required. Elena also brokers and assembles tailored packages of support and works collaboratively with SMEs to deliver these projects.

Jing Li

Senior Research Fellow

Jing is working on the heat pump technology and has experiences in solar collector, solar PV, heat pipe and thermodynamic cycle.

Guiqiang Li

CSET Manager and MSc Course Director

Quiqiang Li is a Senior Research Fellow investigating solar energy, building energy saving, and other energy technologies.

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Dr Charlie Lloyd

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Charlie Lloyd's research is focused on quantifying mixing processes and sediment transport in stratified flows, using both experimental and numerical techniques.

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Senior Research Fellow

Xiaoli is a Senior Research Fellow whose interests are in renewable/Sustainable energy technologies, energy efficiency technologies and energy in the built environment

Jonathan Malarkey

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jonathan’s research concerns sediment transport processes associated with waves and currents in shallow water marine environments, using both computer models and experiments.

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Reader in Historical Geography & Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures

Briony’s research focuses on histories of landscape and environmental change. She runs the AHRC Risky Cities project, learning from the past to build climate and flood resilience today and for the future. She is also Director of the University's Doctoral College.

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EEI Deputy Director, Programme Leader - MSc Flood Risk Management & PGDip Offshore Wind & the Environment

Stuart's research focuses on physical modelling of flow processes and sediment transport dynamics. He heads up the Aura CDT's PGDip Offshore Wind & the Environment and the EEI's innovative MSc in Flood Risk Management.

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Dr William McMahon

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

William's research interests integrate sedimentology and geobiology in order to study how the co-evolution of life and Earth surface environments, and fundamental transitions throughout Earth history, are archived in the stratigraphic record.

Agota Mockute

COP26 Research Fellow

Agota is a civil engineer with a passion for wind energy, researching wave loading on offshore wind turbines and their dynamic structural responses.

Steve Myers

Technician

Steve is currently working on a BEIS project developing a low carbon heating system for public buildings, using a combination of solar thermal panels, a novel heat exchange storage tank and an air source heat pump.

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Amy Hindhaugh Ness

Institute Administrator

Amy helps to provide administrative support to the activities and operations of the Energy and Environment Institute

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David Ovuakporie

Flood Innovation Centre Administration Officer

David provides administrative support to the Flood Innovation Centre team, acting as first point of contact for SMEs and other stakeholders.

Andrea Prince
Andrea Prince

Research and Enterprise Senior Administrator

Andrea provides support to the Energy and Environment Institute team assisting in supporting the Institute’s activities and operations

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Sam is working with Living with Water in Hull and East Yorkshire to understand local residents' flood experience, knowledge and concerns, and to explore ‘resilience’– feeding results into policy and practice.

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Amy Richardson

EEI Marketing Manager

Amy is responsible for Energy and Environment Institute marketing and communications, with a particular focus on the THYME project and the Flood Innovation Centre.

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Research Fellow

Christina works on the chemistry & interactions of organisms in future oceans using computational models, analytical chemistry and bioassays.

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Dr Graham Sellers

Graham is a THYME Project PDRA working on AGRI-PATHO-GENE: Agricultural pathogen genomics to advance the regional bio-economy

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Steve is developing our understanding of sedimentary processes through the application of novel acoustic measurements of flow and sediment transport.

Dr Irene Sotiropoulou

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Irene is an economist specialising in heterodox theories about money and finance. Her research for THYME project focuses on farmers’ markets as an example of the existing bioeconomy in East Yorkshire.

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Dr Danielle Smith

Aura CDT Programme Manager

Kate Smith

Researcher for the Flood Innovation Centre

Kate is a post-doctoral researcher with interests in the cultural anthropology of water, landscapes and flooding.

Jenny Spear

THYME Programme Manager

Jenny is responsible for the delivery of the THYME programme, which looks to grow the regional bioeconomy in partnership with the Universities of York and Teesside and the regional industry partners.

Samson Shittu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Samson is an electrical engineer with a background in renewable energy systems. He is currently conducting research on thermoelectric generators and hybrid photovoltaic-thermoelectric systems.

Evdokia Tapoglou

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Evdokia is working on Offshore Wind Farm wave forecasting using Machine Learning.

Martin Taylor

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Martin’s research focus is in the use of heterogeneous catalysts in thermochemical reactions for the production and utilisation of solid and liquid biofuels as well as fine chemicals.

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Senior Research Fellow

Rob's research centres around Geomorphology and Flood Risk with an interest in the development and use of novel technologies to study hydraulics, sediment transport, slope stability and the impacts of fauna and flora on those processes.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Greg’s interests are centred on understanding Earth surface processes and morphodynamics. He is currently looking at flood risk and resilience on the Mekong delta and how this may be altered in the future.

Simon Waldman

Lecturer in Renewable Energy

Simon’s interests centre around renewable energy and the use of regional-scale hydrodynamic modelling to support human activities, understand their effects, and improve planning and policymaking.

Zhangyuan Wang

Senior Research Fellow

Zhangyuan is specialized in the sustainable energy technologies and green building involving solar energy and heat pipe technologies.

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Josh Wolstenholme

Research Assistant

Josh is supporting the THYME project to map bioeconomy assets across the THYME region. He also leads on the 'Hedgerows: Mapping the Gaps' project.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Xuxu focuses on small-scale bedform (ripple) developed with cohesive materials including both physical and biological cohesion to quantify interactions of near-bed hydrodynamics, sediment transport dynamics and turbulence over developing bed.

Chun Keat Yew

Flood Innovation Centre Technology Research Manager

Chun works with SMEs to develop and support innovation projects, running diagnostics to determine the innovation intervention required, working collaboratively and developing tailored packages of support.

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Cheng Zeng

Research Fellow

Cheng’s research covers solar heat storage and building energy efficiency.

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Dr Zishang Zhu

CSET Deputy Director & Administration Manager

Zishang is a Senior Research Fellow, interested in green-building and low-carbon city design/planning, sustainable building technology integration and Machine-Learning based building/city optimisation.  

PhD community

Sophie Al-Mudallal
Sophie Al-Mudallal

PhD Biological Sciences

Impacts of Seabed Vibration on Sediment Structure and Infaunal Organisms

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Mohammed Al-Saleem

PhD Energy Technology

A novel data centre cooling system using a micro-channel loop heat pipe system

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Lucrecia Alvarez

PhD Physical Geography

Quantifying and modelling global large river fluxes of microplastic

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Ellie Bartle

MSc (By Thesis) Biological Sciences

The interactions between microplastics and benthic microorganisms

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Sarah Bee

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Victoria Bessonova

Aura CDT PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

The future of global offshore natural capital with climate change with ORE Catapult

Julian Blumenroeder
Julian Blumenroeder

PhD Biological Sciences

Microplastic in remote marine food webs

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Bas Bodewes

PhD Physical Geography

Catastrophic Flows: Scaling flood events and ecohydraulics in experimental models

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Maisy Bradbury

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Lydia Bryan-Smith

PhD Computer Science

Using Big Data, Internet of Things and AI to dynamically map flood risk

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Jack Buckingham

PhD Physical Geography

The Ecological fate of microplastics in Antarctic marine environments - a source to sink approach

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Jordan Burgess

PhD Biological Sciences

The impacts of windfarm associated noise on commercially important invertebrates

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Harry Burton

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Chloe Carter

PhD Physical Geography

Natural Flood Management: Optimising design to reduce geomorphic impact

Fiona Chong
Fiona Chong

PhD Biological Sciences

Linking functional and demographic traits to predict population viability of marginal coral populations

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Ye Chen

PhD Physical Geography

Knickpoint migration and longer-term submarine channel evolution in Bute Inlet, BC, Canada.

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Ethan Clark

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Stephen Collier

PhD Biological Sciences

Mapping and modelling flows upstream of pumping stations to minimise fish and eel entrainment

Clare Collins EEI MSc Researcher in Microplastics
Clare Collins

MSc Environmental Sciences

Analysing microplastic ingestion in Antarctic fish species

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Ellie-Mae Cook

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

Yu Cui
Yu Cui

PhD Energy Technology

Advanced Carbon and Energy Management and Eco-design Platform for Urban Districts

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Vasudha Darbari

PhD Physical Geography

Sand mining sustainability: Quantifying rates and locations of sand mining using high-resolution satellite data

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Sarah Dickson

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Sergio Duran

PhD Physical Geography

Catastrophic Flows: Simulating Catastrophic floods on Mars

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Oliver Evans

MSc Biological sciences

The movements of downstream migrating silver eels at fish-friendly pumping stations

Yi Fan
Yi Fan

PhD Energy Technology

The solar assisted space heating and hot water supply technologies

Saphia Fleury
Saphia Fleury

PhD Human Geography

The exploitation of children on the move in the context of environmental change

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Sojiro Fukuda

PhD Physical Geography

Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction from Seafloor Landscapes

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Yousef G Akhlaghi

PhD Energy Technology

Performance analysis of a Counter Flow Dew Point Evaporative Cooler in Data Centres using Artificial Intelligence

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Florence Halstead

PhD Physical Geography

International perspectives and cultural perceptions of flood risk evolution with climate change

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Paul Hambly

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Jason Harrison

Aura CDT PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Fibre optic sensors for cable lifetime performance Monitoring with ORE Catapult

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Mathew Holliday

MSc (by Research) Chemical Engineering

Production of Nano-celluloses and Nano-carbons from Spent Pea Biomass for Waste Water Treatment and it is Techno-economic analysis

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Robert Houseago

PhD Physical Geography

Catastrophic Flows: The Influence of Vegetation on Coastal Dynamics

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Gemma Hoyes

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

Jessica Hurley
Jessica Hurley

PhD Earth Sciences

The physiological effects of microplastic ingestion

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Jennifer James

PhD Physical Geography

Ecological responses to environmental change: an experimental approach to the causes of extinction

Josh Johnson
Joshua Johnson

PhD Physical Geography

Modelling the geomorphological impacts of Natural Flood Management interventions using a novel coupling of physical and computational experiments

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David Jordan

PhD Physical Geography

The dynamics of in-stream vegetation and its impacts on fluvial flows

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Siti Khadijah Hamzah

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Quan Le

PhD Physical Geography

Sand mining sustainability, Quantifying rates and locations of sand mining using high resolution satellite data

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Andrew Lee

PhD Psychology

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Yunhai Li

PhD Engineering

A Novel Environment-Interactive-Wall for Zero Carbon Heating and Cooling for Buildings

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Haowen Liu

PhD Mechanical Engineering

Design and optimisation of novel thermoelectric cooler geometry

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Flavia Manieri

PhD Human Geography

Living with Water: Perceptions of floods and flood risk in Hull, Past, Present and Future

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Hannah Marsden

PhD Chemical Engineering

From textile waste to advanced carbon materials for wind turbine blade manufacturing

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Catherine Mascord

PhD Physical Geography

Worms On Film: How, Where and When did Metazoans begin Bioturbating Microbial Substrates?

Rick McCumskay
Rick McCumskay

PhD Physical Geography

Time dependent ultraviolet degradation of marine plastics.

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Cian McGuire

PhD Physical Geography

A foraminiferal solution to the Contourite/Turbidite problem

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Freija Mendrik

PhD Physical Geography

The transport mechanisms of microplastics in major rivers and their surrounding coastlines: A case study in the Mekong River, SE Asia

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Favad Mobahriz

PhD Chemical Engineering

Wind to Hydrogen and ePTA: Chemical Manufacture through Electrolysis

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Paolo Moccetti

PhD Biological Sciences

Quantifying the evolutionary response to anthropogenic selection in migrating species

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Aryan Moody

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Oliver Morgan-Clague

Aura CDT PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Wind Turbine Blade Infusion Numerical modelling with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

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Woolganathan Naidoo

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Sara Peixoto

PhD Biological Sciences

Understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of environmental DNA for monitoring and management of priority invasive species

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Ben Pickett

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

Peng Qin
Peng Qin

PhD Engineering

Advanced Computational design/planning tool for district-scale carbon and energy prediction, management and optimisation

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Robyn Seymour-Jones

PhD Physical Geography

Quaternary Evolution of Mediterranean Lakes

Victoria Scott
Victoria Scott

PhD Microplastics Researcher

Vicky is researching the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic organisms, including plastics and climate change predictions.

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Emily Settle

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

Samson Shittu
Samson Shittu

PhD Energy Technology

Optimisation of thermoelectric generator and hybrid photovoltaic-thermoelectric system for power generation

Kelly Stanford
Kelly Stanford

MSc Physical Geography

Art and tabletop games as effective interdisiplinary tools for communicating flood resilience

Greg Smith
Gregory Smith

PhD Earth Science

Catastrophic Flows: Quantifying the sedimentation of ignimbrites: understanding the behaviour of pyroclastic density currents through experimental modelling

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Lisa Somerville

Aura CDT PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Evaluating the impact of motion travel on cognitive ability of offshore workers: a VR experience with ORE Catapult

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Xin Tang

PhD Engineering

A novel tri-functional cooling ­photovoltaic/thermal (RC-PV /T) system

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Serena Teasdale

PhD Physical Geography

Sticky Coasts: Characterising the role of biological cohesion in modulating erosion in coastal fringe environments

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Felicitas ten Brink

PhD Earth Science

Impacts of Microplastic pollution on intertidal food webs

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Thya Van Den Berg

PhD Physical Geography

Linking landscape processes and bioeconomies through translation of pollen archives

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Marijke de Vet

PhD Physical Geography

Turbulent-Laminar transitions in flows laden with cohesive sediment

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Amber Wagstaffe

PhD Biological Sciences

The evolution of functional disparity in the avian skull

Kate Warnock-Smith
Kate Warnock-Smith

PhD Law and Environment

Children's environmental human rights and marine plastic pollution

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Connor Whelan

PhD Engineering

The suspension and sedimentation of variable buoyancy microplastic particles

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Daniel Whitt

PGDip and PhD Offshore Wind and the Environment

Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

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Aimee Wiggins

PhD Physics

Sticky Biomolecules – From Sediments to Astrobiology

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Michael Winter

PhD Biological Sciences

Nematode genomics and metagenomics to address agricultural threat

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Josh Wolstenholme

PhD Physical Geography

The efficacy and long-term evolution of Natural Flood Risk Management interventions: a combined experimental and numerical modelling approach

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Nilufan Xiaokaiti

PhD Physical Geography

Latitudinal Forcing on Deep Ocean Continental Shelf Seawater Mixing

Min Yu
Min Yu

PhD Energy Technology

A novel high efficiency solar PV/T heating and power system

Associates

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Dr Anna Bird

Lecturer in Geology

Anna is a lecturer in metamorphic geology who also works on Quaternary sediments.

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Dr Chris Skinner

Visiting Research Fellow

Chris specialises in using computer models to see how floods change our landscapes and how these changes influence future flood risk.

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Dr Vasiliki Skoulou

Lecturer

Vicky's research is focused in the field of thermochemical treatment (pyro-gasification processes) of lignocellulosic biomass residues/fossil fuels/waste for bioenergy-biofuels-biochemicals.

Honorary fellows

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Professor emerita Lynne Frostick

Lynne's specialisms are in flood and coastal risk management, ecohydraulics and estuarine hydraulics and sedimentation

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David's research focuses on local and regional green economic development, sustainable cities and sustainability transitions theory

Fellow emerita Dr Jane Reed

Jane's expertise is mainly in diatom-based palaeoecological reconstruction of long-term climate change from analysis of lake sediment cores.