Professor Ellie Highwood

Professor in Climate Physics

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Dr Nicolas Bellouin

Associate Professor in Climate Processes

Nicolas' home page

Dr Claire Ryder

NERC Independent Research Fellow

The Role of Coarse Mineral Dust Particles in the Climate System

Claire's home page

Dr Laura Wilcox

Senior Research Scientist

Regional climate effects of anthropogenic aerosol changes

Laura's home page

Dr Will Davies

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Producing quantitative estimates of radiative forcing of greenhouse gasses with respect to pre-industrial times

Will's home page

Dr Gillian Thornhill

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

SAMBBA - South American Biomass Burning Analysis

The impact of biomass burning aerosols on clouds in a climate model

Gill's home page

Dr Ross Herbert

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

CLARIFY - Cloud-Aerosol-Radiation Interactions and Forcing

LES modelling of biomass burning aerosol and its impact on stratocumulus clouds

Ross's home page

Dr Velle Toll

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

VOLCCANO - VOLcanoes for Constraining Cloud Aerosol iNteractiOns

Understanding aerosol-cloud interactions using volcanic eruptions

Velle's home page

Dr Geoff Cao

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

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Dr Andrew Prata

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Developing a proof-of-concept tool that will enable the calculation of along-flight volcanic ash dosage

Andrew's home page

James Mollard

Post Doctral Research Assistant

Aerosol Satellite Validation over central western Africa for DACCIWA

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Past members

Steven Abel

Research Student

"The radiative properties and direct effect of Southern African biomass burning aerosols"

Steve successfully defended his thesis in October 2004 and now works at the UK Met Office in Exeter.

Duncan Ackerley

PDRA "Dust Outflow and Deposition to the Ocean (DODO)"

Having completed his PhD and a 2 year Postdoc position in the group, Duncan moved to work as a regional climate scientist at NIWA in Wellington, NZ.

Michelle Cain

Research Student

"Transport and processing of chemicals and aerosols in the West African monsoon region"

Michelle gained her doctorate in 2009 and moved to a PDRA on the RONOCO project at Cambridge University.

Nicky Chalmers


Following a PDRA on the global radiative effects of aerosols using satellite retrievals, Nicky now works at the UK Met Office in Exeter.

Jolene Cook

PhD Student

"The radiative properties of aerosol over the Northern Mediterranean."

Jolene succesfully defended her thesis in November 2007 and moved to a position in the radiation group.

Anna Esteve

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

The radiative impact of aerosols: linking measurements and models

Anna worked in the group as part of a Spanish National Fellowship, and now works as a lecturer at the University of Valencia.

Angus Ferraro

PhD Student

Atmospheric responses to geoengineering in the stratosphere

(co-supervised by Dr Andrew Charlton-Perez)

Angus successfully completed his Viva in the group and is now working at the University of Exeter.

Dr Liang Guo

Post Doctoral Research Assistant (SAPRISE)

The impact of aerosol on the Indian Monsoon

Liang's home page

Liang now works in the Meteorology Department.

Bethan Harris

PhD Student

"Effect of supervolcanoes on climate"

Bethan successfully gained her thesis in 2009, worked in the group on the ADIENT project for 1 year and moved to work as a researcher on climate related programmes at the BBC.

Madhavi Karumudi


Madhavi was co-ordinator for DIAC-UKAAN and also investigated aerosol characteristics and global atmospheric electrical activity at Reading using measurements of the atmospheric electric field and aerosol mass concentration.

Eunice Lo

PhD Student

"The effects and effectiveness of stratospheric aerosol injection"

Eunice completed her PhD in 2017 and now works at the University of Bristol.

Megan Northway


Megan worked on the ADIENT project which is quantifying aerosol optical properties around the UK and across EUROPE. She now lives in Japan with her family.

Steve Rumbold


Steve worked on the APPRAISE project developing and tested a benchmark radiative transfer model for the UK Atmospheric Aerosol community. He now works at the Met Office in Exeter.

Nicola Stuber


Nicola worked on the EU FP6 project, QUANTIFY, using the Unified Model to look at the climate effect of aerosols. She was also a member of the Radiation and Climate Processes group. Nicola left in 2010 for new adventures!

Julia Tindall

PhD Student

"The tropical substratosphere"

Julia successfully defended her thesis in February 2004 and is now working at the University of Bristol.

Chris Webber

PhD Student

"Linking pollution, meteorology and climate change"

After completing his PhD in 2017, Chris moved to a job at the University of Hertfordshire in the Department of Physics and Mathematics.

Margaret Woodage


"SWAMMA - Saharan West African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses"

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