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School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 39440

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Short CV

Current position

  • Associate Professor in Water, Soil and Carbon Interactions

Previous positions

  • 2006-2009-NERC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh


  • 2006-PhD, Investigating The Links Between Faunal Activity And Organic Geochemistry In Continental Margin Sediments: Tracer Studies Across The Arabian Sea Oxygen Minimum Zone, University of Edinburgh
  • 2002-BSc Environmental Geoscience, University of Edinburgh

Grants awarded

  • 2010-2015: NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility. Several grants in kind for isotopic analysis of samples from projects in the Baltic Sea, Arabian Sea, Southern Ocean, and UK uplands.
  • August 2012: White Rose Collaboration Fund. £12,000 for networking and pilot studies investigating the impact of storminess on coasts.
  • March 2012: NERC small project grant. £65,000 for analysis of samples from isotope tracing experiments conducted at Southern Ocean chemosynthetic sites on cruise JC55.
  • 2011: University of Leeds Capital Group. Secured funding (£72,000) for and co-ordinated the purchase of a gas chromatography-mass spectrometer for the School of Geography.
  • May 2010: Antarctic Science Bursary. £4700 to allow me to conduct isotope tracing experiments during a Southern Ocean cruise in Jan/Feb 2011.
  • March 2010, Royal Society International Travel Grant, titled ‘Quantifying the global impact of fauna on carbon cycling and burial in continental margin sediments’. £1650 to visit the Netherlands to discuss a collaboration to produce a global estimate of the impact of faunal processes on C-cycling in continental margin sediments.
  • June 2008-May2009, Royal Society Research Grant. £14,883 to design and construct novel core incubation systems, which were used during an Indian margin research cruise.
  • March 2008, on Microprobe Facility One Day Project Grant. One day of instrument time on the Cameca 1270 ion microprobe, equivalent to £1000
  • May 2006-December 2009, NERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, titled ‘Tracer studies of faunal organic matter transformation in marine sediments, and the wider role of seafloor faunal communities in C cycling’. Total value £253,401, including salary and research costs for 3 years.

Reviewing and Editing

  • 2012 - Associate editor for Biogeosciences
  • 2012-2017 - NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility steering committee member

Membership of learned societies

At various times these include:

  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • European Geosciences Union
  • The Challenger Society for Marine Science