Management Board

The London NERC DTP’s Management Board includes representatives from each of the partner organisations, as well as student representatives and is responsible for overseeing the management of the DTP. The board meets 3 times a year to discuss issues relating to training, research and administration of the programme.

Mark Maslin


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


Kevin Fowler is Co-Director of The London NERC DTP. He oversees the day-to-day running of the DTP. Kevin is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at UCL. A former Royal Society URF, his primary research interests are in sexual selection and sexual antagonism. Recently he also served as a Panel Chair with NERC’s Peer Review College (Evolution portfolio).

David Thornalley

Deputy Director of Training

David Thornalley is Deputy Director of The London NERC DTP. He oversees the training framework and cohort development. David is Associate Professor of Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography at UCL. His primary interests are in reconstructing Atlantic circulation and its impact on the climate system and ecosystems, on timescales spanning Ice Age cycles to decadal changes during the industrial-era.

Tom Mitchell

Professor in Earthquake Geology and Rock Physics, University College London

Is a Reader in Earthquake Geology and Rock Physics. His research focus on the experimental deformation of rocks under simulated geological conditions, in order to help interpret natural processes such as faulting and earthquake mechanics and detailed field studies on the structure and properties of strike-slip fault zones over a range of scales to further understand fault growth processes, subsequent mechanics, and bulk hydraulic and seismological properties of a fault zone.

Andy Carter

Professor of Earth Science, Birkbeck, University of London

Professor Andrew Carter is an acknowledged expert on geochronology, tectonics and sedimentary provenance. His wide-ranging research interests extend from defining the tectonic history of Indochina to understanding how tectonics has contributed to climate change through the glaciation history of Antarctica. A significant part of his research has been directed at the Himalaya and Tibet and has involved numerous international collaborations including the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). He is currently Chief Editor of the Journal of the Geological Society, the oldest geological society in the world.

Andreas Kortenkamp

Professor In Human Toxicology, Brunel University of London

A Professor of Human Molecular Toxicology, his research interest falls into three broad areas: understanding the combined effects of mixtures of environmental pollutants on human health and wildlife, developing strategies for handling mixtures in chemicals regulation, and dissecting the events important in hormonal carcinogenesis.

Chris Carbone

Biodiversity & Macroecology Theme Head, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology

Chris's research combines theoretical approaches and comparative analyses to look at broad scale patterns in ecology related to body size, diet and trophic level. His recent work has focused the body size scaling of prey selection and abundance in predators, and patterns in animal space use. He also works 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.

Nick Drake

Professor of Physical Geography, King's College London

Professor Nick Drake obtained his BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science at Plymouth Polytechnic in 1983 and his Master of Applied Science in Geochemical Exploration from the University of New South Wales in 1986. From 1986 to 1992, he worked as a research fellow conducting remote sensing research at the Department of Geography, Reading University. He worked on the development of improved algorithms for image classification and the characterisation of desert surfaces for geomorphological mapping using remote sensing. During this time he completed a part-time PhD entitled ‘Mapping and monitoring of surface cover types and processes in southern Tunisia using remote sensing’. Nick joined King's Department of Geography in 1992, was made Reader in 2000 and a Professor in 2013. He has continued to develop his interests in theoretical and practical aspects of remote sensing while broadening his interests into geographical information systems and spatial modelling. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Arid Environments, Origini (Journal of Prehistory and Protohistory of Ancient Civilizations) and the Journal of Geology and Geosciences.

Eileen Cox

Head of Postgraduate Studies, The Natural History Museum

Following a BSc in Botany at Bristol University, Eileen's 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, she 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, Eileen was a research associate at the University of Sheffield, before obtaining a NERC Advanced Research Fellowship. In 1992, she moved to the Natural History Museum, London, as a researcher, becoming Head of Postgraduate Studies in 2007, in this role she has led the development of a broad training programme for PhD students at the NHM.

Geraldene Wharton

Professor of Physical Geography, Queen Mary University of London

Professor of Physical Geography and a Chartered Geographer (Geomorphology) with over 20 years’ research experience in hydrogeomorphology and hydroecology. Geraldene's research on rivers focuses on: interactions between water, plants and sediments; entrainment and transport of fine cohesive sediments, river restoration and natural flood management. Currently a member of the NERC Peer Review College, a Subject Editor for the Journal of Soils and Sediments, and a Director of the International Association for Water Sediment Science. Past appointments have included: Chair of the Board of Directors of the UK River Restoration Centre; Honorary Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers; and Secretary of the Geography Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Mark Trimmer

Professor of Biogeochemistry, Queen Mary University of London

Professor of Biochemistry, Director of Research, Mark Trimmer's research is aimed at unravelling the complexities of these life-sustaining cycles, from the pristine chalk streams of England to the tropical oceans. Using natural isotopes of these bio-elements to track their cycling across these diverse aquatic ecosystems and molecular techniques to probe their underlying microbial ecology. Mark also uses the longest running climate warming experiment (situated in Dorset) to characterise how warming alters the cycling of carbon and nitrogen, with a particular interest on how warming alters the ratios of the greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and N2O emitted. This work on warming is supplementing a large research effort currently running around the Arctic Circle where, with Imperial Collage, where they are taking a ‘genes to ecosystems’ approach to help predict the effects of climate change on the key ecosystem service of bio-element cycling. Other work in the tropical north Pacific - where the oxygen deplete waters make large quantities of the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide – provided the best insight yet as to how their production of nitrous oxides responds to declining oxygen, work that we will be following up on in the southern Atlantic Ocean in the coming year.

Danielle Schreve

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.

Karina Dixon

DTP Manager

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 .

Kate Moore

DTP Co-ordinator

Kate Moore is the Facilitator of the London NERC DTP. She project manages all of the DTP’s activities and supports the day-to-day running of the student selection process, training programme, monitoring and finances. Kate is also responsible for the liaison with local administrators at each Partner Institution to synchronise procedures across the Partnership.

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