Science Committee - Membership

Professor Angela Hatton is the director of science & technology at the National Oceanography Centre. She is currently a member of the Future of the Sea: Foresight Project Advisory Group, RCUK Individual Merit Promotion Panel and the G7 Future of the Oceans Science Advisory Team. She has been awarded two NERC fellowships, a Challenger fellowship and is an elected fellow of the Society of Biology and the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Professor Hatton's research interests focus on microbial biogeochemical processes and their impact on climate and marine ecosystem function, with a specific interest in marine biogas production.

In the past, Professor Hatton was director for research at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), and has been a member of the NERC Peer Review College pool of chairs, Ocean Acidification Programme advisory group, Challenger Society Council, Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) steering committee and the Quantifying & Understanding the Earth System (QUEST) programme integration team. In addition, she is an EU expert evaluator, has run the Dynamic Oceans research theme at SAMS and has contributed or chaired 19 peer review moderating panels. She has been a member of Science Board since 2013.

Jenny Collier is a reader in marine geophysics at Imperial College London whose research extends from understanding the controls on continental margin evolution to quantitative characterisation of marine habitats on the continental shelf. Much of her work is multidisciplinary and involves inverting field data to constrain environmental processes. She has led six national and international expeditions and is about to lead the largest passive / active seismic experiment ever conducted from a NERC research vessel.

She has extensive experience of the UK's environmental research landscape from a community perspective, and is knowledgeable of user communities, and commercial / government requirements. This is indicated by her current presidency of the British Geophysical Association, funding from DEFRA, industry and NERC, and membership of the NERC Marine Users Group, and the NERC Peer Review College twice. In recent years she has served on several international grants panels including the US NSF Marine Panel. Jenny is committed to making her science accessible to a wide audience, and regularly participates in diverse outreach activities.

Professor Lora Fleming is a board certified occupational and environmental health physician and epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience and expertise in environment and occupational exposures and human health. She is director of the European Centre of Environment & Human Health and chair of Oceans, Epidemiology & Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School - external link.

With various international collaborators, Professor Fleming is involved in research and training in the new metadiscipline of Oceans & Human Health - external link. She is the recipient of the 2013 Edouard Delcroix Prize and the 2015 Bruun Medal of the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC), for her research and other activities in oceans and human health. Professor Fleming is a member of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Scientific Advisory Board to the NIEHS Gulf Oil Study, and the NERC Science Board as of September 2016.

Rosie is director of biodiversity & ecosystem science at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), with research interests including the trade-offs between provisioning and other ecosystem services from agricultural land, valuation of natural capital and ecosystem services, persistence and transmission of insect pathogens, and the risk assessment of genetically modified plants and viruses.

Rosie is chair of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE). She is a vice president and member of council for the British Ecological Society (BES) and co-founded the Natural Capital Initiative in collaboration with the BES and the Royal Society of Biology. She was a member of the expert panel and an author for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and a member of the first Natural Capital Committee.

She is a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University. She was awarded an MBE for services to environmental research in June 2000.

Tamsin Mather is a professor of Earth sciences at the University of Oxford. Her main research interests centre on the science behind volcanoes and volcanic behaviour and are motivated to understanding volcanoes as planetary processes, natural hazards and as natural resources. Her research interests also lead her away from volcanoes at times and she has also published papers on the emissions from an oil depot fire (Buncefield, 2005) and the global mercury cycle, amongst others. Much of her work is multidisciplinary and her collaborations have included atmospheric scientists, marine biologists, geochemists, geophysicists, sedimentologists and many others. Her research often includes fieldwork and she has collaborated with scientists in many volcanically-active countries such as Chile, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Italy and the US.

She has gained experience within the NERC community in a number of ways. She has been a member of NERC Peer Review College twice, sitting on standard grant, fellowship and services review panels. She worked with the theme leader and other scientists to develop the Volatiles, Geodynamics & Solid Earth Controls on the Habitable Planet theme action and is deputy director of the NERC Centre for Observation & Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes & Tectonics. She has been a user of numerous NERC facilities including the Isotope Geoscience Facilities, the Airborne Research & Survey Facility, the Radiocarbon Facility and Ion Micro-Probe Facility. She is editor of Earth & Planetary Science Letters and is committed to making her science accessible to a wide audience, regularly participating in diverse outreach activities.

She is also interested in the science and policy interface and during her PhD was one of the first NERC fellows in the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology.

Alberto Naveira Garabato is a professor of physical oceanography in ocean & Earth science at the University of Southampton, and Director of NEXUSS - the NERC / Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre of Doctoral Training in the smart and autonomous observation of the environment.

Alberto is interested in the processes shaping the ocean circulation and its role in the global climate system and biogeochemical cycles. He leads a research group focusing on the development and application of novel observational technologies and analytical techniques to tackle significant problems in ocean dynamics. He has authored high-profile papers in a range of areas of ocean circulation, marine biogeochemical cycling, and the role of the polar oceans in climatic change.

Alberto has an established track record in leading large, complex, multi-institutional, international and interdisciplinary research projects to a successful conclusion, and is regularly the principal scientist of research expeditions to some of the most challenging oceanic environments on Earth. Alberto's research has been recognised with the European Geosciences Union (EGU) Outstanding Young Scientist Award of 2008, a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2010, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2014.

Professor Pancost is professor of biogeochemistry in the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU) of the University of Bristol and director of the Cabot Institute, which engages interdisciplinary approaches to address the major environmental and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. He obtained his PhD at Penn State University in 1998, conducted a post-doc at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and has been at the University of Bristol since 2000; he was a co-founder of the Cabot Institute and its Director since 2013.

He conducts research on how organisms mediate our planet's chemical environment and uses their molecular signatures to reconstruct Earth's past climate. His approach is based on state of the art analytical chemistry, and the OGU houses a node of the NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility. His group and collaborators strive to constrain uncertainty in the Earth system but also explore the unknown unknowns, including the deep uncertainty in how climate change will impact the social and natural ecosystems on which we depend. Arising from this, he served on Bristol City Council's Resilience Sounding Board and is helping to shape its 50 year 'One City' vision.

Andy Shepherd is professor of earth observation in the School of Earth & Environment at the University of Leeds, director of the NERC Centre for Polar Observation & Modelling, and principal scientific advisor to the European Space Agency (ESA) CryoSat-2 satellite mission. He is a physicist by training, and his field of expertise is satellite remote sensing of the cryosphere, with a particular emphasis on the quantitative techniques of radar interferometry and radar altimetry. He has also worked on studies of land degradation using satellite radiometry, and he has led ground campaigns in Europe, Africa, Greenland, and Antarctica to calibrate and validate satellite measurements.

Andy's work focuses on assessing the state of the cryosphere, including ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice, and on developing novel techniques to improve observational capabilities. Since 2001, he has co-authored more than 50 papers and he has been an investigator on more than 30 research grants from a wide range of sponsors, including NERC and ESA. He was a contributing author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and he established and co-leads the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise - a joint initiative of ESA and NASA to provide a community assessment of the sea level contribution due to Antarctica and Greenland. In 2008, Andy was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his research in the field of climate change, and in 2014 he was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for his work on assessing ice sheet imbalance.

Rowan is director of climate research for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and a professor of climate science at the University of Reading. After obtaining a DPhil in atmospheric physics from the University of Oxford, he held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at Reading before being appointed a professor in 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he served as NERC's climate system theme leader.

Rowan's personal research has focused on the use of global climate models as tools for understanding the climate system. His work has addressed natural climate variability and anthropogenic climate change, with an emphasis on the role of the oceans. He was a lead author of the Working Group 1 Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

David Thomas is the director of the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy & the Environment. He is based in Bangor University where he is the chair of marine biology and head of the School of Ocean Sciences. He studied, and did his PhD, in Liverpool where he investigated seaweed physiology, before spending seven years in Germany working on oceanographic projects in the Antarctic, Arctic and Red Sea. After returning to the UK he established groups working on sea ice ecology and biogeochemistry (Antarctic, Arctic and large tank experimental ice-systems), dissolved organic matter and nutrients in land-ocean interactions, and the production of biomass from algal bioreactors. He also investigated the use of saltmarsh plants to remove nutrients from land-based aquaculture wastewaters. From 2009 to 2013 he held an Academy of Finland distinguished professorship at the Finnish Environment Institute, where he still is a visiting research professor.

He has been a member of the NERC Peer Review College (2005 - 2008) and chaired the Programme Advisory Group for the NERC Arctic Research Programme (2010-2016). He currently chairs the Programme Advisory Group for the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean: Implications for Marine Biology & Biogeochemistry research programme.

He takes pride in conveying his science to non-specialist audiences, both in talks and through writing textbooks and books for non-academic audiences. Over the years, he has become increasingly interested in the connections between observational biology and art and design.

Graham Underwood is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Essex. Trained as a zoologist (University of Reading), and with a PhD in freshwater ecology (University of Sussex), he moved to Essex in 1992, after a period of post-doctoral estuarine research at the University of Bristol. His research covers freshwater, estuarine, coastal and shallow sea, and sea ice biology and ecology, with a major focus on microbial activity and biogeochemical cycling, and ecosystem functioning.

He has extensive experience working with NERC since 2002; on the peer review college, a member of the Panel of Chairs from 2009 to 2014, a member of SISB from 2011 to 2014, and Chair of the Strategic Programmes Advisory Group (SPAG) from 2014-2019. He was a member of the DEFRA science advisory panel on marine conservation zones (2009-2012), and on various Environment Agency statutory committees. Three of his recent projects were funded via NERC research programme funding (BESS, MC and SSB), which all have broad societal challenge elements, and he works with the Environment Agency on numerous policy-related research projects. He has recently completed a six year term as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health at the University.

David Vaughan is director of science for the British Antarctic Survey. He has more than 25 years of research experience in Antarctica, during which he has undertaken research into the interactions of ice sheets, climate and sea level. He has technical interests in remote sensing, radar systems and numerical modelling, and practical interests in logistical solutions to support science in the polar regions. In 2004, he received the Polar Medal for services to Antarctic science from Her Majesty the Queen. He is a long-standing member of the NERC Peer Review College.

For more than fifteen years, David led BAS research into ice sheets and their past and future changes, and was coordinator for ice2sea, a major European-funded programme involving researchers in 24 institutions, which delivered global projections of the cryospheric contribution to future sea-level rise. He was a coordinating lead author for the fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is honorary professor at the School of Environment & Society at Swansea University.

Susan is a professor of biogeochemistry at the University of Glasgow, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences. A geologist by training, her research has focused on carbon and macronutrient cycles, particularly in using sensor technology and isotope tracers to understand transfer of carbon and macronutrients from terrestrial to aquatic to atmospheric systems. A key research focus is to understand environmental resilience to anthropogenic disturbance and drivers of change in systems that are sensitive carbon stores; eg the Amazon rainforest, oil palm plantations, logged swamp forests, wind farms, karst landscapes. Her geological training underpins her environmental science research, with interest now in fugitive greenhouse gas emissions. Her Carbon Landscapes research group has been funded by NERC, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and industry.

Prior to the award of a NERC Advanced Fellowship, she managed the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre node of the NERC National Capability Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility (1994-2002). She values knowledge exchange (KE), having developed a NERC-funded KE network, CLAD (Carbon Landscapes & Drainage), to maximize the value of her wind farm research to stakeholders. She is committed to supporting the development of post-graduate researchers, and is currently dean of graduate studies for the University of Glasgow's College of Science & Engineering. She is currently a core member of the Peer Review College. She has co-authored 60+ peer-reviewed journal publications and has a h-index of 30.

Mathew is professor of global change ecology, and head of the Global Change Research Institute, in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, and is also affiliated with the UK National Centre for Earth Observation. His research is focused on terrestrial ecosystems ecology, addressing questions related to biogeochemistry, resource use and global change. Mathew is particularly interested in linking models and observations, working across scales from leaf to globe, to advance theory and analysis.

Mathew has a degree in biology and a PhD in environmental science. He spent six years as a researcher in the USA, before moving to Edinburgh in 2000. He recently spent a year at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He has over 20 years' experience in ecosystems field work, including Arctic studies in Alaska, Canada and Fennoscandia, tropical research in Brazil and Africa, and studies in Europe and the USA. He has also developed new computer models of plant processes and carbon fluxes, and methods to test and calibrate models using satellite observations. Mathew advises the European Space Agency on their upcoming Earth Explorer mission, Biomass, and helps NERC to lead their Greenhouse Gas Emissions programme.

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