About

I am an Environmental Data Scientist, Co-Leader of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and a Senior Research Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute. I am also a Co-Director for the University of Cambridge and BAS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER), a £6m UKRI funded programme to train over 50 top students to become future global leaders in environmental science.

My research group focuses on the development of AI and data science methods for understanding, monitoring and predicting environmental change. More specifically, my projects involve: the intelligent fusion of data from satellite and in-situ surface sensors to help understand our changing planet; probabilistic machine learning for localised climate impacts, including future heatwaves and water security; deep learning frameworks for seasonal forecasting and improving climate models; and computer vision methods for tracking environmental change and wildlife monitoring.

I serve on the steering committee to manage the operational alliance between The Alan Turing Institute and the UK Met Office, and as a board member for the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science.

Studentships

As my group has quickly grown this past year I am currently unable to take on any new Masters or PhD students. However, please feel free to reach out directly to my science colleagues at BAS if you are interested in doing a research project together with the BAS AI Lab. You can find information on PhD funding on our AI4ER CDT webpage.

Highlights

Environmental monitoring with AI

Project Leader: Blending satellite and surface data

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Deep learning for Arctic sea ice

Project Leader: Using machine learning techniques to understand the complex interactions between climate and sea ice

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Spatial Finance: Challenges and Opportunities

Co-author: A new geospatial driven approach with the potential to help financial markets

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Tracking iceberg populations

Co-investigator: Using machine learning to develop new methods to detect and track icebergs in radar satellite imagery

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Wind energy in a 1.5˚C world

Lead author: The UK and large parts of Europe could become windier if global temperatures reach 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels

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West Antarctic climate index

Lead researcher: Disentangling environmental signals over the region with greatest climate variability in the Southern Hemisphere

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News

2021/05 - Appointed as a Senior Expert to the NERC Constructing a Digital Environment (CDE) Programme

2021/04 - Started sharing the role of Leader of the BAS AI Lab with Professor Maria Fox

2021/03 - Presented at the AI UK 2021 showcase event

2021/02 - Became Principal Investigator (PI) to a multi-institution research programme, Environmental monitoring: blending satellite and surface data

2020/10 - Joined the Steering Committee for the Environment and Sustainability Interest Group, The Alan Turing Institute

2020/09 - Promotion, ~equivalent to Reader/Associate Professor

2020/06 - Joined the Steering Committee for The Alan Turing Institute-UK Met Office operational alliance

2020/04 - Seconded to The Alan Turing Institute to lead the Environmental Theme under the Data Science for Science programme

2020/04 - Appointed BAS Science Group Leader, “AI for Climate Science”

2019/09 - Started new role as Co-Director for the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER), led by University of Cambridge and BAS

2019/06 - Established and Leader of the BAS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab

2017/09 - Awarded The Laws Prize, British Antarctic Survey Club

2016/09 - Promotion, ~equivalent to Lecturer. Changed role to “Environmental Data Scientist”

2016/05 - Appointed as Secretary, Global Environmental Research Committee, The Royal Society

2014/09 - Appointed as Innovation Champion, BAS

2011/01 - Co-founded and became board member for the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science (CCfCS)

2009/12 - Joined British Antarctic Survey (BAS) as a “Global Climate Modeller”, tenured/open-ended position

2009/09 - Submitted PhD Thesis, “The impact of deep convection on the structure of, and transport through, the tropical tropopause layer”, University of Cambridge, UK

2005/10 - Started PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK, under the supervision of Prof John Pyle FRS. Funded by the NERC e-Science Programme