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Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean (Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy)

Professor Dan Charman

Professor Dan Charman is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean (Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy). His background is as an Earth system scientist interested in long-term ecosystem and climate change. 

Much of Dan’s research is on peat-forming wetlands and the ways in which these intriguing ecosystems can be used to understand past and future environmental change. His research projects cross the boundaries between climate change, ecology, and conservation and current research projects focus on reconstruction of past climate variability in the Antarctic, the contribution of peatlands to the global carbon cycle, and carbon dynamics in permafrost peatlands and soils. Dan gained these somewhat eclectic research and teaching interests through an undergraduate degree in Agricultural and Environmental Science (Newcastle), a stint at the UK Nature Conservancy Council working on peatland conservation, a PhD in palaeoecology (Southampton) and an NSERC Canada Fellowship in Earth Sciences and Geography (Waterloo). 

He says: "The Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy is a fascinating place to be because of its strongly interdisciplinary nature and excellence of its research and teaching. We are one of the largest and most successful academic units of this kind in the UK. Spanning the University’s campuses in Exeter and Cornwall, the Faculty  comprises Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Geography, Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Science, Ecology & Conservation and The Busines School. We play a significant role in contributing to the University’s research strategies in both the sciences and humanities and social sciences. We are committed to pursuing world class research that has a positive global impact and tackles the challenges of the 21st Century. Across our disciplines, we work on a vast range of research problems from understanding the causes and consequences of climate change through to biodiversity conservation and improving mental health. It is a real privilege to lead such a vibrant and diverse College."