Research Associate in Climatology, University of Bristol

My research forms part of the European Union funded project past4future. This project investigates the climate and environment of past warm periods (interglacials) to inform on future climate and possible abrupt changes based on a synthesis of data and modelling. Specifically, I use climate models of varying complexity (HadCM3, FAMOUS and GENIE) to examine the sensitivity of the climate to different forcings using the PMIP3 protocol (e.g. greenhouse gas concentrations, vegetation changes). Furthermore, I look at the impact of abrupt changes caused by, for instance, increased freshwater forcing from the deglaciation of the Laurentide ice-sheet at the end of the last deglaciation. Finally, in conjunction with the Glimmer ice-sheet model, feedbacks between climate and ice-sheet are examined in the context of these warm periods of recent Earth history.

In 2005 I completed an MEarthSci at Oxford University specialising in geochemistry and geophysics. I have always been fascinated by weather and so accepted a NERC studentship at Reading University and undertook a Masters degree in Applied Meteorology in 2006. From 2006 until 2010 I completed a NERC-funded PhD in the School of Geographical Sciences, here at Bristol, on palaeoclimate modelling of the Greenland ice sheet. I am currently working in Geographical Sciences as a Research Associate for the NERC consortium iGlass and the ERC-funded project T-GRES. I am also connected with the European FP7 project Past4Future.

Experience

  • –present
    Research Associate in Climate History, University of Bristol