The London NERC DTP’s Management Board includes representatives from each of the partner organisations, as well as student representatives from each cohort, and is responsible for overseeing the management of the DTP. The board meets once a month to discuss issues relating to training, research and administration of the programme.
Mark Maslin is the Director of the London NERC DTP. He oversees the strategic development and Partner engagement within the DTP. Mark is a Professor of Environmental Change at UCL, a Royal Society Industrial Fellow and Executive Director of a spin-out company called Rezatec Ltd. He is the former Director of the UCL Environment Institute and Head of the Department of Geography.
Kevin Fowler is Deputy Director of The London NERC DTP. He oversees the day-to-day running of the DTP, including the training framework and cohort development. Kevin is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at UCL. A former Royal Society URF, his primary research interests are in sexual selection and sexual antagonism. He is also Chair with NERC’s Peer Review College (Evolution portfolio).
Biodiversity & Macroecology Theme Head, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology
My research combines theoretical approaches and comparative analyses to look at broad scale patterns in ecology related to body size, diet and trophic level. My recent work has focused the body size scaling of prey selection and abundance in predators, and patterns in animal space use. I also work with projects examining human-wildlife interactions particularly focusing on the impacts of altered landscapes on wildlife ecology and species richness. This research includes examining ways to improve wildlife monitoring methods, particularly focusing on the use of camera traps to estimate mammalian biodiversity.
Birkbeck University of London
FRS, Keeper of the Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Widely recognised as a distinguished scientist in his field, Professor Mark Chase FRS has extensive experience in plant science and has held this role since August 2006. He has contributed to many publications and was lead author of the landmark 1993 paper on seed plant phylogenetics that began the molecular revolution leading to the reclassification of the flowering plants and many individual plant groups. Professor Chase’s areas of interest are plant classification and evolution and he has worked extensively with orchids. He can also speak about RBG Kew’s plant DNA genetic research. In 2009 he was awarded the Darwin-Wallace Medal of the Linnean Society of London, given every 50 years to a set of outstanding biologists.
Head of Postgraduate Studies, The Natural History Museum
Following a BSc in Botany at Bristol University, my PhD research focussed on diatoms, a highly successful group of eukaryotic, silica-walled, essentially unicellular algae that occur in almost all illuminated, aquatic habitats. Following a Postdoctoral research fellowship in Oxford, I held a Royal Society European Exchange fellowship, working with the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland Litoralstation, List/Sylt, Germany, before undertaking research on benthic diatoms with the Max Planck Institute for Limnology in Plön (Holstein), first in north German lakes and subsequently in a stream system in Hessen. Returning to the UK, I was a research associate at the University of Sheffield, before obtaining a NERC Advanced Research Fellowship. In 1992, I moved to the Natural History Museum, London, as a researcher, becoming Head of Postgraduate Studies in 2007, in which role I have led the development of a broad training programme for PhD students at the NHM.
Queen Mary University of London
Pavel Kratina is a Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology at Queen Mary University of London. His earlier work identified and tested ecological mechanisms that enhance the prevalence of weak interaction strengths in nature and explained how diversity per se stabilizes diverse ecosystems. As a past NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia (Canada), Pavel focused his research on the destabilizing effects of climate warming. He has been an active member of multiple international synthesis groups, and has helped to develop a novel theoretical framework for predicting temperature effects on trophic dynamics and stability. During his fellowships at the University of California, Davis (USA) and Monash University, Melbourne (Australia), he showed how invasive zooplankton species alter complex natural food webs. Pavel is an Associate Editor for Ecology and Evolution, Review Editor for Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, and Communications Officer for British Ecological Society Aquatic Group (BESAG).
Head of the Institute for the Environment, Brunel University
Susan is Head of the Institute for the Environment at Brunel University, London. She is a leading scientist with particular expertise and over 20 years experience in the biological effects of environmental pollutants, particularly those present in water and has published some of the most highly cited papers in this area in the last two decades. She is author and Editor of a recent WHO/UNEP report on endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment. She has interests in causes and consequences of pollution as well as in clean technology , development. From a regulatory perspective, Susans work has been influential in the development of widespread controls on some chemicals, as their use has been banned in some countries. Keen to make sure her research informs policy, she has served on several Government expert committees.
Director of the Centre for Quaternary Research, Royal Holloway University of London
Danielle is a vertebrate palaeontologist and specialist in Quaternary mammals. Her research focuses on the fossil mammal record from the last 2.5 million years, combining biostratigraphy (the use of fossil assemblages as a dating tool), palaeoecology, taphonomy and the interaction of past mammalian communities with early humans. The framework she has developed now forms a part of the established basis for our understanding of glacial-interglacial mammalian faunal turnover in NW Europe and is widely employed by stratigraphers, palaeontologists, geochronologists and archaeologists. As a former President of the Geologists’ Association (only the third woman to serve in over 150 years) and current Vice-President of the Quaternary Research Association, she maintains a strong commitment to public science communication. She is also an active fieldworker, currently leading investigations into a number of important new palaeontological sites in Britain.
Lecturer in Human Toxicology, Brunel University
Kings College London
Keith White is Head of Doctoral Training Centre Development at King’s College London. He is responsible for overseeing strategy and administrative support for the College’s Doctoral Training Centres and Partnerships.
Department of Geography, King’s College London
Martin Wooster joined the Department of Geography in 1998 on a lectureship funded by the NERC Earth Observation Science Initiative (one of four such lectureships awarded nationally in the UK). In 2005 he was appointed Professor of Earth Observation Science at King’s College London. Martin holds a BSc in Physics (Bristol) and an MSc in Remote Sensing (University of London), with a PhD in Earth Sciences (Open University) that focused on exploiting the ATSR instrument for the remote sensing of active volcanoes. Recently his group at KCL have been instrumental in developing the operational Fire Radiative Power (FRP) product from the Meteosat Second Generation satellites, available free in real-time from the EUMETSAT Land Satellite Applications Facility (Land SAF). Professor Wooster is a PI in the NERC National Center for Earth Observation.
Karina Dixon is the Manager of the London NERC DTP and is responsible for managing all aspects of the DTP’s admin activities and supporting the day-to-day running of the student selection process, training programme, monitoring and communications. Karina is also responsible for the liaison with local administrators at each Partner Institution to synchronise procedures across the Partnership as well as with key staff in the Research Councils and manages all the financial aspects of the Training Partnership .
Fiona is the London NERC DTP coordinator and is the main point of contact for student liaisons. Her main areas of responsibility include student recruitment, including the student competition, maintenance of student web pages and the support of the student summer conference.
Innovation and Impact Officer
Claire Asher is the Innovation and Impact Officer of The London NERC DTP. She is responsible for stakeholder engagement for the DTP, including CASE partnership relations, public communications and industry and policy engagement. She manages the DTP’s online presence and the Natural Environment Blog, and teaches Skills Friday sessions on popular writing and social media. Claire is also a freelance science writer and communicator.