Who teaches on the course?
Professor Myles Allen
Myles is interested in how human and
natural influences on climate contribute to
observed climate change. He recently contributed
to discussion on whether climate change leads to
extreme weather events such as storm Sandy.
Dr Pam Berry
Pam is interested in modelling climate
change impacts on species; the integrated
assessment of climate change adaptation
and mitigation actions and their effects on
biodiversity; and how ecosystem services
underpin much of human existence
Dr John Boardman
John is a geomorphologist
working on land degradation issues,
particularly in the Karoo, South Africa, and
on soil erosion in southern England. He is a
former director of the MSc/MPhil.
Dr Patricia Daley
Patricia is interested in the political
ecology of resource extraction, land tenure
dynamics, gender and environmental change.
Dr Sarah Darby
is interested in how technologies
are adopted and adapted. She analyses
the interactions between new energy
infrastructures, the rules and knowledge
systems through which they operate, and the
everyday practices of energy users.
Dr Chris Doughty
Chris is interested in understanding
tropical forest carbon fluxes, through remote
sensing, eddy covariance, leaf gas exchange
and intensive carbon cycle plots. He recently
helped to develop a theory on the impact of
large animal extinction on global ecosystems.
Dr Nick Eyre
Nick is interested in the the role of
public policy in reducing energy demand and
improving energy efficiency. He recently
published an article which found that feed-in
tariffs for energy saving might be a powerful
tool for incentivising energy efficiency.
Professor Jim Hall
Jim is interested in flood risk analysis
and management, coastal cliff recession, and
the impacts of climate change. In 2012 he
contributed to a study on balancing the costs
of erosion versus flooding. This work won the
Lloyds Science of Risk Prize.
Clive is a generalist ecologist and
researches a wide variety of environmental
management problems and a wide range of
types of organism. He focuses on the impacts
of woodland and grassland management
Peter is interested in population
and community ecology with a particular
focus on long-term studies of fish and
crustacean populations, their stability and the
effects of changing environments.
Dr John Ingram
John is interested in the two-way
interactions between global environmental change
and food systems. His research aims to better
manage food systems so as to enhance food
security while reducing environmental impacts..
Dr Rachel James
Rachel researches change in African
rainfall systems. She is interested in the role of
human influence on climate, and how climate
models can be used to provide information to
Dr Chris Jardine
Chris studies technologies for
greenhouse gas emission reductions. He
focuses on renewable energy, especially
the use of solar photovoltaics within the
household and on commercial buildings.
Professor Yadvinder Malhi
Yadvinder is interested in the impact
of global atmospheric change on terrestrial
ecosystems. He recently won a European
Research Council grant to study the role of
tree diversity in the response of tropical
forests to climate change.
Dr Constance McDermott
Constance is interested in the
effects of market globalisation on domestic
forest policy, and the conflicts and synergies
among local, national and international
development and conservation objectives.
Kate focuses on rethinking
economic development for tackling the 21st
century’s social and environmental challenges,
exploring this theme through the lens of social
and planetary boundaries.
Dr Tom Thornton
Thomas researches human
ecology, adaptation, traditional ecological
knowledge, conservation, space and place,
and the political ecology of resource
management among the indigenous peoples
of North America and the circumpolar North.
Professor Richard Washington
Richard researches climate change
and variability, mostly in Africa. He has also
recently focused on large observational climate
programmes in Africa, including diagnosing the
controls on mineral aerosol (dust) emission and
transport from key source regions.