School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Global Change Research Group (GC)

Staff, their interests and ongoing projects
 
Below is a list of staff who make up the Global Change research group in the School of GeoSciences, their interests and some ongoing projects.
 

Dr. Mikael Attal Within the Global Change research group, I am part of the Land Surface Dynamics research group.
Dr. Massimo Bollasina The overarching goal of my research is to shed light on mechanisms and physical processes controlling (past and future, observed and simulated) changes in regional hydroclimate at seasonal to interdecadal time scales (and beyond).
Colin Chilcott Stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry; climate and environmental change
Dr. Gregory L. Cowie Biogeochemistry; organic geochemistry; biomarker applications in modern and palaeoenvironmental settings; organic matter cycling and preservation in marine sediments; studies of natural and pollutant organic compounds in marine and terrestrial environments.
Professor Andrew Curtis Seismics, Mathematical or Quantitative Geology, Seismology, Inverse Theory.
Professor Kate Darling Molecular evolution, speciation, biogeography and ecology of planktonic foraminifers.
Professor Ruth Doherty climate-chemistry interactions, modelling atmospheric composition, air quality and human health, climate change and air pollution impacts.
Professor Andrew J. Dugmore Andy Dugmore studies long term records of environments and archaeology to understand the dynamics of complex socio-ecological systems- what creates resilience (for whom, at what cost and for how long), and why do threshold-crossing events take place? A central theme is the development and application of tephrochronology- a dating technique based on the identification and correlation of volcanic ash layers.
Professor Richard L.H. Essery High-resolution atmospheric modelling, land-atmosphere interactions, micrometeorology, snow hydrology
Dr. Liang Feng Data Assimilation
David C. Finnegan Sports and planning data analysis; environmental modelling.
Claudia Fricke -
Professor Peter A. Furley Tropical biogeography; tropical soils and land development; savanna and forest ecology in the New World tropics.
Professor Raja Ganeshram Marine biogeochemistry and palaeo-oceanography.
Professor John Grace Uptake of carbon dioxide by rain forests and savannas; the impact of vegetation on the atmosphere and climate change; upland microclimates and their impacts upon plants; effects of drought on plants and plant water relations; carbon sequestration by vegetation; long-term effects of environmental change upon forests; elevational limits of trees.
Professor Margaret C. Graham -
Dr. Magnus Hagdorn Ice sheet modelling, GRID computing, e-science, data visualisation.
Dr. Adrian Hall Tertiary and Quaternary geomorphology and geology of Scotland
Professor Kate V. Heal Biogeochemical cycling; treatment of mine drainage in wetlands; sustainable urban drainage; hydrochemical processes in upland catchments.
Professor Gabriele C. Hegerl Interface between climate modelling and climate observation, in climate diagnostics and statistical climatology; variability and changes in climatic extremes, on constraining future climate change by estmating the magnitute of already observed radiatively forced climate change, and on the use of palaeo proxy data to study climate variability and change during the last millennium.
Dr. Andrew S. Hein -
Dr. Sian Henley
  • Marine biogeochemistry, with a particular emphasis on carbon and nitrogen dynamics, stable and radiocarbon isotope geochemistry
  • Polar oceanography and climate-ice-ocean-ecosystem interactions
  • Quaternary paleoceanography, proxy development and evaluation
  • Dr. Gail E. Jackson Gail is an agroecologist researching the impacts of farming practice on the ecosystem services of pest control and pollination.
    Dr. Simon Jung -
    Dr. Simone Kasemann Stable isotope studies in earth and ocean sciences: Transport and recycling processes at active continental margins, pH variation in ancient oceans, Neoproterozoic climate variation, origin and evolution of hydrothermal systems.
    Dr. Linda Kirstein The interaction of climate and tectonics on landscape evolution.
    Professor Dick Kroon -
    Dr. Caroline Lehmann Caroline works on improving our understanding of the ecology and evolution of tropical ecosystems, specifically savannas.
    Dr. Alasdair MacArthur -
    Dr. Andrew R. McLeod Global environmental change; environmental sustainability; impacts on stratospheric ozone depletion and ultraviolet radiation on ecosystems; air pollution effects; climate change impacts; interdisciplinary research in environmental change and sustainability
    Professor Patrick Meir Ecosystem science; carbon-water relationship of plants and ecosystems; terrestrial carbon cycle; tropical forests.
    Dr. Cecile Menard Snow climate uncertainty in earth system modelling
    Professor Maurizio Mencuccini Net ecosystem productivity of forest ecosystems; functional implications of architectural scaling in plants; tree-water relations; carbon stocks and fluxes; tree development and ageing; photosynthesis.
    Dr. Mike J. Mineter Support collaborative modelling across Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) partners.
    Dr. Edward Mitchard -
    Professor John B. Moncrieff Land-atmosphere exchange of radiatively active gases (CO2 and CH4); transport and diffusion in the Planetary Boundary Layer.
    Stephen Mowbray Organic Geochemistry
    Professor Simon M. Mudd Arid region hydrology, hillslope geomorphology, sediment transport processes, chemical weathering within soils, soil development, landsliding, landscape resoponse to transient tectonic and climatic forcing, and interactions between plants and geomorphology.
    Dr. Isla Myers-Smith -
    Dr. Mark Naylor The solid earth defines many aspects the economic, industrial and social norms of our everyday lives.
    Dr. Anthony J. Newton Anthony's research is centred around development and application of tephrochronology and online resources.
    Professor Bryne T. Ngwenya Aqueous environmental and microbial geochemistry of metals; coupled fluid flow and rock deformation.
    Dr. Caroline Nichol -
    Professor Peter W. Nienow My research investigates glacial processes and in particular, glacier hydrology, ice dynamics and their links under a variety of climate change forcing scenarios.
    Professor Paul Palmer Modelling atmospheric chemistry, measuring and modelling biogenic voc fluxes, inverse modelling, and satellite remote sensing.
    Dr. Eva Panagiotakopulu Use of insects in palaeoenvironmental interpretation; Identification of Coleoptera (beetles) and Diptera (true flies) from Quaternary and archaeological contexts; Site taphonomy and preservation of fossil insect remains; History of insect-borne diseases; History of the pests of stored products and their impact on past societies, particularly in the Mediterranean; Environmental change in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions
    Professor Ian Parsons Microtextures and phase behaviour in minerals, particularly feldspars.
    Dr. Genevieve Patenaude -
    Dr. Laetitia Pichevin My research aims at understanding the role of the ocean in modulating climate changes in the past (from decadal to orbital timescales) using an array of stable isotopic and other geochemical methods in marine sediment cores.
    Dr. Hugh C. Pumphrey Microwave limb sounding; developing techniques for the UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) and the EOS AURA satellite.
    Professor David Reay Studies climate change and its interaction with greenhouse gas fluxes in managed and natural ecosystems around the world.
    Dr. Casey Ryan -
    Dr. Andrew Schurer Understanding the causes of change in surface air temperatures over the last thousand years.
    Professor Martin J. Siegert -
    Professor Hugh D. Sinclair Interaction between surface processes (erosion and sedimentation), mountain building and basin subsidence.
    Professor Keith Smith Exchange of green house gases between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere: in particular, the measurement and modelling of emissions of nitrous oxide from agricultural and forest soils, the emission of methane from rice fields and wetlands, and the microbial uptake of methane by soils.
    Professor David Stevenson Atmospheric chemistry modelling; Interaction between air pollution and climate change.
    Professor Simon F.B. Tett At the heart of my research is the quantitative analysis of models and observations of climate change in order to constrain the future.
    Dr. Alexander Thomas Isotope and trace element geochemistry, geochronology, paleocliamte, sea level, ocean chemistry
    Professor Roy Thompson Phenology, climate change; geomagnetism; palaeomagnetism and rock magnetism.
    Professor Alexander W. Tudhope Tropical climate variability and change; growth of recent corals and coral reefs; stable isotope and trace element chemistry of coral skeletons; Quaternary palaeoenvironments; processes of carbonate sediment production, transport and deposition.
    Thomas J. Wade -
    Dr. Rachel C. Walcott Topics include: structural geology (particularly processes controlling the fabric of metamorphic rocks); surface processes (terrestrial and martian); tectonics and sedimentation; how tectonic and climatic forcing affects drainage basin evolution and biogeography.
    Professor Mathew Williams Vegetation-atmosphere gas exchange; interactions of carbon, nutrient and hydrological cycles; primary productivity and plant allocation; ecosystem models and scaling; climate controls on vegetation distribution; data assimilation.
    Professor Wyn Williams Rock magnetism and Palaeomagnetism: Theoretical and experimental studies of magnetic remanence in single grains and bulk samples.
    Dr. Meriwether Wilson -
    Professor Rachel A. Wood Carbonate sedimentology and diagenesis; Carbonate hydrocarbon reservoirs; Modelling of Carbonate Systems; Reef evolution and palaeoecology; Biomineralisation and evolution of sea water chemistry.
    Professor Iain H. Woodhouse Radar Remote Sensing; Polar Decomposition Methods for Visualising SAR Data; Novel Visualisation Techniques for the Analysis of Multichannel Remote Sensing Data; DEM Generation and Regional Scale Geomorphology; Synergistic Remote Sensing of Vegetation; Macroecology and Telemacroscopics.