MPhys (Oxon), PhD (Reading)
I am a glacial modeller, with interests in large and small scale dynamic modelling, calving and subglacial hydrology.
Beginning in 2003, I played a central role in the development of the Glimmer-CISM community ice sheet model. Glimmer-CISM is a regional ice model that can be flexibly coupled to a GCM, through a highly-configurable interface.
More recently, I have used Elmer/Ice to model processes of iceberg calving at tidewater glacier margins. I have also begun to work on modelling subglacial hydrology and its influence on ice dynamics.
Running through all these topics is a concern for the application of sound software engineering techniques to scientific programming. Numerical models form the foundations on which much of the geosciences are built, but while the numerical and mathematical approximations used in these models are the subject of scrutiny and discussion, the way that code is developed is often given less thought. My interest in this topic led to my participation in founding the EGU journal Geoscientific Model Development.
My teaching responsibilities in Geography include the coordination of Level 1 tutorials, and the teaching of statistical techniques to Level 2 students.