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We have a diverse team here at Science-Envy, with a broad range of experiences and expertise. Take the time to get to know us below…




Current Editorial Team


Bridie


Bridie Davies

Bridie is a co-editor of SciEnvy material.

Bridie studies for a PhD in volcanology at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. She is investigating the controls on volcanism at Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean - a volcanic island that has erupted both gently and explosively throughout its 1 Myr history above water. Through a combination of geochemical analyses and quantitative analysis of mineral crystals from lava flows and pumice fall deposits she hopes to reconstruct the changing conditions in the magmatic system that lead to the variable eruption styles we observe.

Previously, Bridie worked at the Science Museum in London where she developed an appreciation of how effective science communication enhances public engagement and improves volcanic hazard mitigation.



Jade


Jade Eyles

Jade is a co-editor of SciEnvy material.

Jade is a PhD student studying volcanology and seismology at the University of East Anglia. Her research is looking into different methods for locating earthquakes in volcanic systems to determine which is the most suitable for use by the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. The research is focussed at the Soufrière Hills Volcano in Montserrat. The improved location method will be used to relocate the existing catalogue and be implemented for future events. Previously, Jade studied Msci Geophysics at the University of Southampton.


Previous Editor and Founder


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Seth Thomas

Seth is the founder and editor of Science Envy material.

Seth studies for a PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Seth is investigating the global contribution of diatoms to the DMS cycle. DMS is a climatically active gas, moving from the oceans to the atmosphere where it oxidises and aids in cloud formation. These clouds reflect the suns radiation, resulting in global cooling. Seth aims to quantify a synthesis rate of DMSP (the compound DMS is cleaved from), to use in existing carbon models to better predict future temperatures.

Seth was recently shortlisted for NERCs 2015 Short Article competition.





Contributors

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Kris Sales

Kris is MNatSci graduate focused on ecology, evolution and behaviour.

He is currently a PhD student at the University of East Anglia investigating if ‘male-specific infertility explains butterfly shifts under climate warming?’

He is part of Prof. Matt Gage’s lab group which uses experimentally evolved red flour beetles to explore sexual selection and heatwaves on sperm form and function, reproductive tract morphology and mating behaviour. He is also planning on identifying if butterflies can adapt to heatwaves.

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Natasha Senior

Natasha studies for a Phd in Ocean Physics at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

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Geoffrey Lee

Geoff’s interests span atmospheric chemistry, stable isotope geochemistry, palaeoclimatology, palaeoceanography and micropalaeontology. He is studying for a PhD at the University of East Anglia and the British Antarctic Survey and uses Antarctic ice cores, and the air bubbles trapped within them, to investigate biogeochemical cycles and environmental events going back into the last ‘ice age’. Further details about Geoff and his research can be viewed here and here.

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Ceclia Liszka

Ceclia Liszka is a biological oceanographer, studying for a PhD at the British Antarctic Survey.

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Kerry Hayes

Kerry is a graduate in Ocean Sciences, with a MSc in Renewable Energy, and an advocate for gender equality.

Kerry currently works as a Project Coordinator for MT Tidal.

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David Litchfield

David is an up and coming volcanologist, studying for a PhD at the Universiy of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

David aims to develop new metholodogies in reducing and detecting volcanic risk, using the island of Domica as a case study.

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Carole Thomas

Carole is head of the John Innes Centre directorate office, and chair of their Athena Swan Comittee.

Carole works to promote gender equality both within and outside the institute, as well as working closely with the Director.

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Henry Evans

Henry is a graduate in Marine Biology, with a passion for exploration and education. Recently, Henry completed the centenery Scott expidition, forming part of a two man team to ski to the South Pole.

Since returning, Henry has started his own business, Maginificent Ocean and has enrolled in a Masters Degree in Climate Change Science at the University of Copenhagen.

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Michael Hemming

Michael is studying for PhD in Oceanography at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. As a young oceanographer, Michael works with autonomous vehicles to collect high resolution data from remote parts of our oceans.

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Yoav Perlman

Yoav Perlman is a PhD student at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, School of Environmental Studies, University of East Anglia.

Yoav is working on the globally endangered Great Bustard in a unique extensive agricultural landscape in Iberia. The research focuses on their spatial and population ecology, their responses to land-use changes, and the function of protected areas to support Great Bustards and other endangered bird species sharing the same habitats. The project is in collaboration with BirdLife International and the University of Lisbon, and work on the ground is together with local governments in Spain and Portugal.

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Ulysse Pasquier

While climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of extreme hydrological events (i.e. floods, droughts), little is known on the drivers of local decision making for adaptation. As part of a PhD in Environmental Sciences, I am interested in understanding how stakeholders perceive scientific evidence and translate it into policies. Taking the Broads National Park as a case study, I will be investigating the response to modelling results of future flood risks. The aim of my project is to improve climate change adaptation processes and coastal flood management.

Ulysses has a personal blog that can be viewed here.

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Charlotte Monteil

Charlotte is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

As a Geographer, she works on post-disaster recovery. She especially focuses on the role of immigration in promoting changes in Montserrat (Caribbean) society following the volcanic eruption of the Soufriere Hills. She analyses the spatial changes on the island and their impacts on the local vulnerability in the face of natural hazards. She is also beginning a work of coordination of a French platform for a collective of citizens thinking about alternative ways for our society, in order to raise awareness and to promote reflection and critical thinking.

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Sarah Worsley

Sarah is a PhD Student in the School of Biology at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Sarah is a biologist interested in unravelling the formation of microbiomes. In particular, I am interested in the interaction taking place between leafcutter ants and their symbiotic, antibiotic-producing bacteria, as well as the development of similar protective microbiomes on the surface of plant roots.

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James France

James is a Post-Doctoral Researcher with a specialisation in Polar Sciences, he has a degree in GeoSciences from Royal Holloway and completed a PhD in Snow Chemistry in 2008. Since then he has worked on a variety of projects studying the physical, chemical and optical properties of snow, the habitability of the Mars polar caps, the role of methane in the Arctic atmosphere and is now working to construct a sea-ice facility designed recreate the conditions in which new sea-ice grows, but in a laboratory environment. He also worked briefly as a financial analyst but says that science feels more rewarding!

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Philip Lamb

Maintaining the health of marine ecosystems is of critical importance for humans: the biota within our oceans act as an enormous carbon sink, furthermore 1/6th of animal protein consumed by humans comes from fisheries. Failure to address the myriad of issues facing our oceans could have severe consequences for society. Phil is researching jellyfish in the Irish Sea, which are thriving in an increasingly degraded environment. They can form massive blooms – which can block power plant cooling pipes, sting people, sting and kill fish, and outcompete fish for the same resources. Phil uses DNA-based techniques to help quantify jellyfish predation by other species; these data will then be incorporated in an ecosystem model and in doing so will be able to examine potential management solutions for coping with jellyfish.

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Charel Wohl

Charel is about to embark on his PhD investigating the role of OVCs in the catalytic breakdown of ozone. Organic volatile compounds (OVCs) play an important role in catalytic break down of ozone. However, little is understood about the role of the oceans in being a sink or a source for organic volatile compounds. The aim of Charel’s PhD project is to measure the flux of OVCs between the sea and the atmosphere in the polar seas. To achieve this, a protocol will be developed for a newly acquired SRI-Mass spectrometer. In the second year, Charel will take this machine to sea and the results will be integrated in atmospheric modelling programs.

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Adam Rees

Adam studies for a PhD in Marine Ecology at Plymouth University, UK. With a project entitled ’The Lyme Bay Experimental Potting Project’ he is looking into the impacts of a static gear pot fishery within a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Lyme Bay, South West England. Static potting for crustacean species is currently unregulated within the UK and the impacts on populations of commercial interest, including crab and lobster, as well as on the associated wider marine assemblage are currently unknown. This project will hopefully provide evidence towards this issue. For more information of on the partner project follow Lyme Bay Reserve.

In his spare time when things get all to science heavy, Adam extends his love of the marine realm to the local surf breaks by making and selling wooden handplanes for bodysurfing at Compass Handplanes

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Rhosanna Jenkins

Rhosanna is a PhD student in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Rhosanna’s research focuses on the Tana River Basin, Kenya; assessing how its water resources and biodiversity are likely to be affected by future climate and policy changes. Her research combines computer modelling with stakeholder interviews and policy analysis to gain a fuller understanding of the research problem.

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Ella Gilbert

Ella is a climate science PhD student at the British Antarctic Survey modelling the atmospheric drivers of melt over the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. Her interests are mainly in climate dynamics and meteorology, though she is also passionate about the importance of making science accessible to everyone.

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Becci Wright

Rebecca is studying for a PhD at the University of East Anglia, using a global biogeochemical ocean model to investigate the role of jellyfish in the oceans, and the impact of Climate Change on their abundance. She is also using a case study of South Africa and Namibia to investigate the additional impact of overfishing on jellyfish abundance.

Jellyfish blooms can have negative impacts on tourism, aquaculture, fishing and coastal infrastructure (such as power plants). As Climate Change drives ocean warming, jellyfish abundance may increase, but other factors (i.e. removal of competitors through overfishing) can also drive abundance.