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New staff appointments in UCL Geography

In tropical ecology, climate modelling, political geography and environmental change

New staff appointments in UCL Geography

Four new colleagues have joined the department this term:

 

 

Dr Simon Lewis has been appointed a Reader in Global Change Science. After a degree in ecology at the University of Leeds, he gained his PhD in the Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge University in 1998, on 'Treefall gaps and regeneration' in the Amazonian forest. He has received support from NERC, the Leverhulme Trust and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation  for his work on tropical forests and global environmental change, based at the University of Leeds, where in recent years he has held a Royal Society Research Fellowship in the School of Geography. He will retain a 50% appointment at Leeds.

 

 

See: http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/people/slewis/cv.html

 

 


Dr Chris Brierley is a climate modeller. After a physics first degree at the University of Durham, he gained his PhD in Meteorology at the University of Reading in 2007, studying the effects of parameter uncertainty on climate projections. Since then he has been a Post-Doctoral Associate and Associate Research Scientist in the Yale University Geology and Geophysics department, working on tropical climate change.

See: http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/about-the-department/people/academics/chris-brierley

 

 


Dr Ian Klinke has been appointed as Teaching Fellow in Political Geography, covering the absence for a year of Dr Alan Ingram on a British Academy Fellowship. Ian's research examines the role of temporality in geopolitical discourse, particularly in the context of the relationship between the European Union and the post-Soviet space. He has furthermore developed a keen interest in the "undead existence of German geopolitics."

 

See: http://ucl.academia.edu/IanKlinke

 

 


Dr Virginia Panizzo has also been appointed as Teaching Fellow in Quaternary Science and Environmental Change. After completing her PhD at UCL in 2010 she held a one year Post Doctoral Position at Université LIbre de Bruxelles, Belgium. This was part of an international collaborative European Science Foundation project "HOLOCLIP", focusing on the reconstructing of Southern Ocean productivity over the current interglacial. Her main research interests include the use of aquatic proxies in both lake and ocean sediments to reconstruct climate variability and help to disentangle the effects of natural and anthropogenic forcing upon these ecosystems.

See: https://sites.google.com/site/virginiapanizzo/


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