Team Members Profile

Mark Maslin

DTP Grant Holder

Mark Maslin is the Grant holder of the London NERC DTP.  

Mark Maslin

Director, The London NERC DTP

Kevin Fowler

London NERC DTP Director

Kevin Fowler is Director of The London NERC DTP, overseeing the day-to-day running of the partnership. Kevin is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at UCL and a former Royal Society URF, his primary research interests are in sexual selection and sexual antagonism.

Kevin Fowler

Deputy Director, The London NERC DTP

David Thornalley

London NERC DTP Deputy Director of Training

David Thornalley is Deputy Director of The London NERC DTP. He oversees the training framework and cohort development. David is a Professor of Ocean and Climate Science in the department of Geography at UCL. The central focus of his research is investigating the ocean and its role in the climate system, to allow us to improve predictions of future climate change and take the necessary steps to protect our environment.

Tom Mitchell

Professor in Earthquake Geology and Rock Physics, University College London

Tom 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.

Stefan Engels

Senior Lecturer (Department of Geography), Birkbeck, University of London

Stefan is a Lecturer in Physical and Environmental Geography and teaches modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Stefan's research focusses on the study of natural archives such as lake sediment records and peat bogs to reconstruct climate change and ecosystem dynamics on time-scales ranging from the previous interglacial (ca 125 thousand years ago) to the present.

Charlie Bristow

Professor of Sedimentology, Birkbeck University of London

I study modern and ancient sedimentary environments in order to improve understanding of sedimentation and erosion. Quantifying rates of sedimentation and erosion are fundamental to understanding and predicting the short to medium term evolution of sedimentary systems, inform management of environments and habitats, and will also help in the interpretation of ancient sedimentary rocks. Combining geomorphological, sedimentological and shallow geophysical investigations e.g. GPR with geochronological methods such as OSL provides an essential framework to test the influence of forcing factors such as climate change and sea-level change in sedimentary sequences.

Tom Miller

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences, Brunel University London

As an interdisciplinary scientist with a background in biology and analytical chemistry, Dr Miller's research interests are focussed on the impact of chemicals in the environment and the interaction this chemical stress has with other environmental stressors. His expertise lies in small molecule mass spectrometry to determine chemicals found in the environment (especially in wildlife) and to determine biomarkers and pathways associated with adverse effects in exposed organisms. He is also interested in the integration of artificial intelligence within environmental toxicology to support and solve different environmental challenges.

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, species richness and conservation. This research includes examining ways to improve wildlife monitoring methods, particularly focusing on the use of camera traps to estimate mammalian biodiversity. His recent work focuses on urban ecology and public engagement in science.

Mark Mulligan

Professor of Physical & Environmental Geography, King's College London

Professor Mark Mulligan completed his undergraduate degree in geography at the University of Bristol from 1988-1991. After a brief period in the rainforests of Brunei with the then Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Brunei Rainforest Expedition, he moved to King’s for his PhD on 'Modelling hydrology and vegetation change in a degraded semi-arid area', supervised by Professor John Thornes. Mark took up the post of Lecturer in Geography at King’s in September 1994 at the age of 24 and has been teaching and researching in the Department since, with a year (2003-2004) research secondment to Istituto di Botanica, Universita' di Napoli, Italy.

In 2003, Mark was appointed Reader in Geography and in 2004 was awarded the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Gill Memorial Award for ‘innovative monitoring and modelling’ of environmental systems. Mark is an honorary fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), adjunct Doctoral Graduate Faculty at Texas State University 2007-2012, and trustee of PROAVES UK.

Nick Drake

Professor of Physical Geography, King's College London

Professor Nick Drake obtained his BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science at Plymouth Polytechnic and Master of Applied Science in Geochemical Exploration from the University of New South Wales. From 1986 to 1992, he worked as a research fellow conducting remote sensing research at the Department of Geography, Reading University. 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.

Nick Drake

King's College, London

Helen Robertson

Head of Postgraduate Studies, The Natural History Museum

After completing an MSci in Biological Sciences, Helen stayed on at UCL to undertake a PhD focusing on the evolution of marine worms belonging to the Xenacoelomorpha. Following her PhD she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, and the University of Chicago, where she focused on the evolution of gene regulation and cell types using the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis as a model system. On return to the UK, Helen began working for The Company of Biologists as Community Manager for a global community of early-career researchers advocating for preprinting in the life sciences. In June 2022 she became Head of Postgraduate Studies at the Natural History Museum, London, overseeing PhD and Master’s programmes involving the museum.

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.

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.

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 Co-ordinator of the London NERC DTP and supports the manager with the day-to-day running of the DTP. Her key areas of responsibility are the administration of the London NERC DTP; co-ordination of the studentship competition and processes; maintaining and updating the DTP website. Kate is also responsible for providing general student support, overseeing the organisation of the undergraduate REP scheme and liaising with external associate partners to establish CASE partnerships and internships.

Becky Briant

Birkbeck, University of London

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography with a specific focus on Quaternary Science. She works on Quaternary palaeoevironments, river activity, modelling and dating techniques. She is the Meetings Officer for the Quaternary Research Association and also involved in the Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG) and FACSIMILE (Field And Computer SIMulation in Landscape Evolution) network. Expert in Quaternary palaeoenvironments, with particular interests in sediment dating methods (OSL, radiocarbon), fluvial sequences and integrating geological data with numerical modelling. she is currently working on improving radiocarbon pretreatments on plant material, which is both important and timely, and supported by a NERC Radiocarbon Facilities Grant, in collaboration with Dr Harry Langford (Geography, Birkbeck), Dr Fiona Brock (Cranfield Forensic Institute) and Professor Danielle Schreve (Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Andy Carter

Birkbeck University of London

Mark Chase

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.

Saswata Hier-Majumder

Senior Lecturer in Geophysics, Royal Holloway

Pavel Kratina

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).

Susan Jobling

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.

Paula Rudall

Head, Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology, Kew

Danielle Schreve

Director of the Centre for Quaternary Research, Royal Holloway University of London

Elisabete Silva

Lecturer in Human Toxicology, Brunel University

Martin Wooster

Department of Geography, King’s College London

Martin Wooster

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.

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