Dann Mitchell (Associate Professor in Atmospheric Science, and Head of Group)

I joined the University of Bristol faculty following 4 years of postdoctoral research in Oxford’s Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics department. I was recently appointed as the Joint Met Office Chair in climate change and impacts at The University of Bristol. My research interests are around climate extremes and impacts. Ranging from the circulation patterns that lead to extreme weather, to the health hazards from, e.g. heatwaves, or hurricanes. I also like to dabble in the atmospheres of other planets, especially Mars.

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Postdocs

Eunice Lo

I joined the Climate Dynamics Group at Bristol after finishing a PhD in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate at Reading University in 2017. My research interests include climate change, climate extremes and their impacts, in the context of the Paris Agreement and other global warming scenarios. In particular, my expertise lies in associating extreme heat with its impacts on human health. I am also a keen climate science communicator.

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Natalie Lord

I’ve been at the University of Bristol for 7 years now, having also completed a PhD here. My main research interests relate to how global and regional climates respond to changes in forcings over different time scales, and the potential impacts of these changes. Most recently, my interests have focussed on how extreme heat stress events in different regions may change in the future, and the implications for society. I’m also interested in climatic changes occurring over much longer timescales in response to orbital and atmospheric carbon dioxide forcing.

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Richard Hall

I joined the University of Bristol in January 2020 following two years of postdoctoral research at the University of Lincoln. My research interests focus on stratospheric variability, stratosphere-troposphere coupling and stratospheric links with extreme weather events. I am also interested in seasonal forecasting within the European/Atlantic region and factors that may result in predictable shifts of the North Atlantic jet stream.

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PhD Students

Peter Uhe

I’m a PhD student researching impacts of extreme weather events and flooding under different climate change scenarios. My focus is on flood risk in the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers in India and Bangladesh. My background is in climate modelling, previously working at the University of Oxford and CSIRO in Australia. I am currently interested in impacts modelling- using climate projections to drive hydrological and flood inundation models for flood risk and impacts. 

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Erin Walker

I first arrived in the Geography Department at the University of Bristol in 2018 to begin a new adventure as a PhD student. I completed my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Ulster University. Currently, my research involves learning about the changes in extratropical cyclones and their impacts under climate change focusing on the North Atlantic and western Europe. Additionally, I am conducting research into climate model resolution. I am exploring what the role increasing vertical resolution in the stratosphere has on the reliability of extreme event attribution statements.

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Emily Ball

I recently joined the group after completing my undergraduate and masters in mathematics at Oxford. My research focuses on understanding the driving mechanisms of polar vortices in extreme climates, using Mars’ annular polar vortex as a primary example. I use the modelling framework Isca to explore the impact of changing planetary parameters and radiative forcing on polar vortices, and I am also using Martian reanalysis data to explore the variability in the vortex.

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Emily Vosper

I am currently studying for a PhD which draws together ideas from the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change Science. Last year I undertook a Master’s by research project where I investigated the future impacts of hurricane rainfall on the Caribbean and found that as extreme hurricane rainfall events will be less likely if global temperatures are stabilised at 1.5°C compared to 2°C above preindustrial levels. I am currently looking at using machine learning to estimate heat-related mortality in countries with sparse data.

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other staff

Lauren Brown

I am a Project Support Officer within the School of Geographical Sciences working on multiple research grants. This is a varied role within project management which includes assisting with finances, grants submissions, workshops, project reports, coordinating meetings and generally supporting the Principal Investigators. 

I joined The School of Geographical Sciences in late 2017 and have a background in NHS Research Governance and was Research Coordinator of The Children’s Burns Research Centre at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children for 5 years.

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Emma Stone

I am the Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) Project Manager located within the School of Geographical Sciences. The theme of the MOAP is “Weather and Climate Science for Decision Making”. This is a varied role, which involves not only managing the administrative aspects of the collaboration but includes working alongside the MOAP Joint Chair and Research Advisory Panel to identify potential research opportunities between the University and the Met Office and see these through to development. I am a key point of contact for internal and external researchers, collaborators, funders and support staff.

I joined the School of Geographical Sciences in 2006 after completing an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences at Oxford and Masters in Applied Meteorology at Reading University. After completing my PhD in 2010 on Greenland ice sheet climate – ice – vegetation feedbacks I worked for 8 years as a Research Associate and Senior Research Associate on a number of collaborative European and UK-based research projects focussing on the climate of past warm periods in Earth history.

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Honorary Members

Will Seviour

I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter, and was a research fellow in the Climate Dynamics Group from 2018-2020.

I am interested in understanding the large-scale dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans of Earth (and sometimes other planets too) in order to make better predictions of future weather and climate. I use a combination of idealised models, comprehensive general circulation models, and observational data. Current particular interests include polar vortex dynamics on Earth and Mars, jet stream and Hadley cell variability, stratospheric ozone depletion, and atmosphere-ocean interactions.

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