Prior to joining Bristol University in 2017, I did a PhD in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate at the University of Reading's Department of Meteorology. My thesis used climate change detection and attribution techniques to explore how detectable temperature changes associated with injecting sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere would be, if deployed, amid greenhouse gas and other external forcing and internal variability. Injecting sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere is one of many proposed methods of "geoengineering" the climate. These methods aim to slow the rate of climate warming and, therefore, buy us time for adaptation. My PhD thesis was solely based on hypothetical scenarios in climate models.
I obtained an M.Phys. in Physics and Astronomy from Durham University in 2013. My masters dissertation found that the infrared radiometers on the site of the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) in Namibia were useful for detecting cloud and aerosol layers in the atmosphere for calibrating the ground-based gamma ray telescopes at HESS.
My research interests lie in current and future climate change up until the end of the 21st century and the intersection of climate and human health. Specifically, I am interested in changes in extreme weather events such as heatwaves and cold spells, and how these changes translate to negative health outcomes including illnesses and deaths. To answer research questions in this inter-disciplinary area, I utilise modelling methods in both climate science and epidemiology and work closely with epidemiologists as well as public health experts.
The aim of my research is to provide new and useful information for policymaking in climate change mitagation and adaptation. To this end, I work with local councils, serve as a Registed Expert to the Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change, provide storylines of extreme rainfall and drought events for partners in low and middle income countries, and contribute research to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
University of Bristol positions
Research AssociateSchool of Geographical Sciences
How tough is WASH? Developing indicators to measure the resilience of WASH to climate change in LMICs
DescriptionWe will develop and test indicators that will measure whether drinking water supplies and sanitation in rural areas and small towns in Nepal and Ethiopia are resilient to the future…
Managing organisational unitDepartment of Civil Engineering
01/10/2019 to 31/07/2021
The vertical profile of recent tropical temperature trends: Persistent model biases in the context of internal variability
Environmental Research Letters
Journal of Climate
Historical and future anthropogenic warming effects on droughts, fires and fire emissions of CO2 and PM2.5 in equatorial Asia when 2015-like El Niño events occur
Earth System Dynamics
Increasing mitigation ambition to meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal avoids substantial heat-related mortality in U.S. cities