I was brought up in Beverley, East Yorkshire and attended Hymers College in Hull. I studied Geography at the University of Nottingham between 2009 and 2012, before completing a Master's degree at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. In September 2013, I started my PhD student at the Centre for Glaciology, Aberystwyth University, where I studied processes of Greenland Ice Sheet mass loss using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. I submitted my thesis in July 2017 and recently started a postdoc at UCLA/IBES, Brown University supervised by Larry Smith
I spent much of my time during my PhD developing, building and operating fixed-wing UAVs. The UAVs are powered by Lithium-Ion batteries (although we have trialled a 2-stroke engine), and controlled by the open-source PixHawk autopilot project. For more information, see the methods sections of my publications.
My primary interests are spatial and temporal patterns of ice sheet albedo. Specifically, how we measure albedo using different intruments and platforms, and how we can upscale our results to regional climate models. I am also interested in tidewater glacier behaviour and how iceberg calving responds to fluctuations in oceanic and atmospheric temperatures.