Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Sciences
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 604779
Room: Academic Office - B205
Second Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Biography:

I am a Lecturer in Human and Exercise Physiology within the Applied Sport Technology, Exercise and Medicine (ASTEM) Research Group. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh in 2010, and subsequently completed my PhD at The University of Bath (2010-2015) under the supervision of Dr Niels Vollaard and Prof Dylan Thompson. I joined Swansea University in October 2017, after 3-years working as a Lecturer in Exercise and Health at Ulster University in Northern Ireland (2014-2017).

My research examines the integrative physiology of exercise and nutrition, but with a primary focus on interval training, cardiorespiratory fitness, carbohydrate metabolism and diabetes. I conduct both basic and applied studies, which aim to develop and optimise exercise interventions for sedentary or clinical populations, both from the perspective of improving key health markers, but also for removing important barriers to exercise adherence. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Exercise Metabolism
  • Interval Training
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Training Adapations

Publications

  1. & Affective and perceptual responses during reduced-exertion high-intensity interval training (REHIT). International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-16.
  2. & Omission of carbohydrate-rich breakfast impairs evening 2000-m rowing time trial performance. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-8.
  3. & Extremely short duration interval exercise improves 24-h glycaemia in men with type 2 diabetes. European Journal of Applied Physiology
  4. & What can knowledge of the energy landscape tell us about animal movement trajectories and space use? A case study with humans. Journal of Theoretical Biology 457, 101-111.
  5. & Decreasing sprint duration from 20 to 10 s during reduced-exertion high-intensity interval training (REHIT) attenuates the increase in maximal aerobic capacity but has no effect on affective and perceptual responses. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism

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Teaching

  • SR-112 Human Physiology

    The purpose of the module is to provide a basic introduction to the physiological systems and metabolic processes responsible for the transfer and utilisation of energy during exercise. This module is lecture and practical based and is intended to develop introductory knowledge and understanding on the structure and function of the human body from cellular to gross body systems fundamental to the later study of sports and exercise. The module practically investigates how to assess the physiological and biochemical state at rest and during exercise.

  • SR-143 Research Methods & Ethics

    This module introduces students to the research methods used in Sport and Exercise Sciences, including a range of research ethical issues that often arise. Students will develop fundamental knowledge and understanding of elementary concepts and principles of research methods including sourcing information, research design, research writing and conducting basic qualitative and quantitative data collection / analysis. Students will also be active in disputing the ethical responsibilities associated with completing research.

  • SR-145 Human Physiology

    The purpose of the module is to provide a basic introduction to the physiological systems and metabolic processes responsible for the production and utilisation of energy during exercise. This module is lecture and practical based and is intended to develop introductory knowledge and understanding on the structure and function of the human body from cellular to gross body systems fundamental to the study of sports and exercises. The module practically investigates how to assess the physiological and biochemical state at rest and during exercise.

  • SR-333 Sport, Diet and Disease

    The module will explore the major nutrients of concern in maintaining health and performance in athletes, and the nutrition and related issues surrounding selected diseases.

  • SR-334 Sport and Exercise Physiology

    The primary aims of the module are to provide a strong theoretical and practical background in the use of current lab and field-based physiological tests used by sports and exercise physiologists in the areas of (i) endurance (ii) sprinting (iii) team sports (iv) strength events. A secondary aim of this module is to explore the impact of alterations in human body thermoregulation on the above mentioned types of exercise.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Metcalfe

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Impact Lead - ASTEM

    2017 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation 2016 - 2017

    A comparison of the acute effects of high-intensity interval training, reduced exertion high intensity interval training and moderate intensity continuous training on 24-h glycemia in men with type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation , £12,000

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
October 2017 6th National Congress of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy, Rome
October 2017 6th National Congress of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy, Rome.

Public Engagements

  • January 2018, BBC Horizon: The Truth About Getting Fit
  • January 2018, BBC Wales: Making Wales Happy