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Research Statement

My research profile demonstrates a highly collaborative record of international research contributions and publication of research outputs from successful UKRI, EU and US Ireland funding. I have a consistent sustained record of more than 150 peer reviewed international publications and contributions which have had a strategic impact on the research agenda in mathematical geoscience in physical geography, health and the environment. International recognition for my research includes invited Hong Kong RAE2020 Research Impact advisor for University of Hong Kong Department of Earth Sciences and successfully hosting the International Conference for Geostatistical Applications to the Environment (geoENV2018) in Belfast. 

My active leadership roles within influential, high profile national bodies and international associations include:

 •            Executive Council Member of International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) (2020-24) https://www.iugs.org/  One of the world’s largest scientific organizations with 121 national members, representing over a million geoscientists.

•             President of the International Association of Mathematical Geoscientists (IAMG) (2016- 2020) Past President IAMG (2020-2024) http://www.iamg.org/.

•             Founding Partner and President of the Governing Council of Deep-time Digital Earth (DDE) Initiative, the first IUGS-recognized big science programme. https://www.iugs.org/dde.

My grant income as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-investigator (CI) on successful grants totals > £11M including Co-Director and QUB PI on the NERC funded QUATRAT DTP, securing 120 PhD scholarships over 6 years, and Co-I on the SFI/ DAERA/ UKRI Co-Centre for Climate + Biodiversity and Water. To date I have supervised 35 PhD students (28 successfully graduated) and 10 postdoctoral Fellows, Research Assistants (as both PI and CI) including UKRI, EU and US Ireland funded postdoctoral fellows and Chinese Scholarship Council funded research fellows.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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