Reader in Polar Oceanography, The Open University

I am a polar oceanographer interested in the interaction of the ocean with the cryosphere, and have currently published more than 30 research articles in this area.

My research interests are Antarctic polar oceanography. My particular strengths have been cross disciplinary work and use of robotic and remote sensing technologies. I have active collaborations with Germans, Japanese, American and of course British researchers. For a full list of my publications please look on Open Research online.

One aspect of my research was reported by the BBC in 2010 as "Giant icebergs head to watery end at island graveyard" - and for a couple of days the story was one of the most popular on the BBC website. If you are interested in things like citation metrics then apparently I have a H index of 23 to 25 (depending on which database you look at) - but I would not be so bold as to suggest what this means I am like as a scientist.

I am a member of the NERC Peer Review College, and have sat on many grant panels acting as Vice Chair on many occasions. I was also co-chair of the NERC Ice Sheet Stability Expert Group with Professor Tony Payne (Bristol).


  • –present
    Reader in Polar Oceanography, The Open University
  • 1995–2000
    Research scientist, British Antarctic Survey


  • 1995 
    University of Cambridge, PhD


Times Higher Education Most Innovative Teacher of the Year 2012