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Dr Fran Bragg

Biography

I gained my BSc(Hons) in Physics from the University of Bristol in 1987 undertaking a final year project entitled "Density and Crystallinity of Poly(3-Hydroxybutyrate 3-Hydroxyvalerate) Copolymers". After graduation, I worked for 18 years for Rolls-Royce in Filton, Bristol as a compressor aerodynamicist, gaining Chartered Engineer status (CEng MIMechE) in 2001. I used CFD modelling to design cutting edge technology components for engines such as the Pegasus (Harrier jump jet) and LiftFan™ as well as supporting various other engines in the fleet and designing research compressors for next generation engines.

I returned to academia in 2007, completing an MSc in Earth System Science at the University of Bristol. For my dissertation I used a vegetation model, BIOME4, to examine vegetation assemblage changes in southern Africa between the Last Glacial Maximum and the Holocene and compare these results with carbon isotope data from marine sediments. "Effects Of CO2 On Biome Distributions: Modelling Glacial-Interglacial Changes In The δ13C Of Ecosystems As Recorded In Leaf Waxes From Sediments Along The Western African Margin."

I am currently a PhD student using the Hadley Centre general circulation model to examine the climate of the Pliocene.