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Research Associate, Climate Dynamics Group, University of Bristol

I am a Research Associate in the Climate Dynamics group, a part of the Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment (BRIDGE). I started work at Bristol in January 2020. From 2017 to 2019 I worked as a research assistant at the University of Lincoln and was also involved in teaching undergraduate students. I gained my PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2016, studying North Atlantic jetstream variability and predictability. Prior to this I gained my MSc in Polar and Alpine Change, also at the University of Sheffield, with a dissertation focussing on decadal sea-ice variability in Baffin Bay.

My research focuses on stratospheric dynamics, in particular Sudden Stratospheric Warmings (SSW) in the Northern Hemisphere winter, which can have significant impacts on surface weather for a number of weeks after onset, and have been linked to extreme weather events, such as the recent “Beast from the East” in 2018. I am working on the NERC-funded PEGASUS project, in collaboration with UCL and the University of Bath, which seeks to understand drivers of SSW events. We use state-of-the-art reanalysis data, the latest generation of CMIP6 model outputs and idealised climate models to more fully understand the processes involved.

I also have interests in North Atlantic atmospheric variability and the teleconnections that influence this, and seasonal forecasting.


  • –present
    PhD researcher in atmospheric jet streams and climate variability, University of Sheffield