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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

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

josh-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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Institute Administrator

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

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Flood Resilience Innovation Centre Researcher

Muhammad is a biomedical and electrical engineer, working as a data scientist to develop ICT based data processing pipelines for remote sensing, digital health and internet of things.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

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Research Fellow

Ali is a mechanical engineering graduate with a background in building energy research, and in low carbon building design and modelling.He is currently working on an intelligent cloud-based control strategy for a novel low-carbon solar-assisted heat pump heating system.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Elena’s research interest is morphodynamics and sediment transport.

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Flood Resilience 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.

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Flood Resilience Innovation Centre Finance and Audit Officer

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

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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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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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Research Fellow

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

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Roberto is a fluvial geomorphologist interested in understanding the fluvial processes the shape the earth through experiments.

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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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Flood Resilience Innovation Centre Administrator Officer

Lizzie is responsible for all project related admin. She supports the FLIC team in establishing and maintaining appropriate administrative systems and processes. Collects and collates project data, particularly expenditure and outputs. She fields and redirects all incoming project specific enquiries.

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Research Fellow

Chris' research focuses on earth surface processes and sedimentology and the processes and mechanisms of sediment transport, erosion and the subsequent morphodynamics of large river and deltaic systems.

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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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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

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Flood Resilience 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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Flood Resilience innvoation Centre Business Development Manager

Liz works across the Humber LEP geography to proactively secure collaborative partnerships with SME’s across multiple sectors to identify product, service and process innovation supporting flood resilience, mitigation, adaption and response.

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Flood Resilience 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.

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Senior Research Fellow

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

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Senior Research Fellow

Quiqiang Li's research covers solar energy, building energy saving, and other energy technologies.

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Senior Research Fellow

Xiaoli's research interests are in renewable/Sustainable energy technologies, energy efficiency technologies and energy in the built environment

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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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Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Stuart's research focuses on physical modelling of flow processes and sediment transport dynamics.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Cyrille is a Human Geographer with a specialty in urban smart mobility, GIS and currently exploring new ways to facilitate growth and development of the circular and bio-economy.

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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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Research and Enterprise Senior Administrator

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

sam-ramsden

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Karen is studying new biodegradable plastics and their impact on the environment using lab experiments and life cycle analysis.

christina-roggatz

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

steve-simmons

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

chris-skinner

Research Fellow

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

Dr Irene Sotiropoulou

Post Doctoral 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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Researcher for the Flood Resilience Innovation Centre

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

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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.

Evdokia Tapoglou

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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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.

grigorios-vasilopoulos

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.

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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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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Hannah’s research uses physical modelling experiments at different scales to understand the potential impacts of climate change on the hydraulic and morphodynamic behaviour of natural systems.

xuxu wu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Xuxu focuses on small-scale beform (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.

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Flood Resilience 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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Senior Research Fellow

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

PhD community

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Bas Bodewes

PhD Physical Geography

Catastrophic Flows: Scaling flood events and ecohydraulics in experimental models

jack-buckingham
Jack Buckingham

PhD Physical Geography

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

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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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Sergio Duran

PhD Physical Geography

Catastrophic Flows: Simulating Catastrophic floods on Mars

Dr Sojiro Fukuda
Dr Sojiro Fukuda

Phd Student

Flow stratification of submarine density currents and its effects to the development of submarine channel-network

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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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Robert Houseago

PhD Physical Geography

Catastrophic Flows: The Influence of Vegetation on Coastal Dynamics

jenny-james
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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Catherine Mascord

PhD Physical Geography

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

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Dr Rick McCumskay

Postgraduate Research Masters Student

Rick is researching how plastic polymers weather in the marine environment looking at the effect of salt water on different polymers known to be polluting the marine environment. This research will look to increase our understanding of what happen to plastic once in the environment improving current efforts of monitoring by applying a weathering clock to the process.

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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 ecological fate of microplastics in estuarine, delta and marine environments in south-east Asia.

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Robyn Seymour-Jones

PhD Physical Geography

Quaternary Evolution of Mediterranean Lakes

Greg Smith
Gregory Smith

PhD Earth Science

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

serena-teasdale
Serena Teasdale

PhD Physical Geography

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

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Marijke de Vet

PhD Physical Geography

Turbulent-Laminar transitions in flows laden with cohesive sediment

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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

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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Professor Thomas Coulthard

Professor of Physical Geography

Tom chaired the independent review into the Hull floods and was lead author on the review's influential report.

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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

Professor emerita Lynne Frostick

Doctor of Science