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Our students are recruited to the CDT from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. Scroll through their profiles to find out about them and their Environmental Intelligence research. 


Cohort 1 (2019)

Student PhD Research Supervisors
Liam Berrisford 'The structure and dynamics of future transport infrastructure.' Ronaldo MenezesHugo Barbosa and Ricardo Safra de Campos 
Margaret Bolton 'Inter-comparability and consistency of ecological fitness proxies across populations.' Regan EarlySabina Leonelli and Bram Kuijper 
Ellie Duncan 'Untangling natural aerosol processes in Polar Regions by implementing novel machine learning techniques.' Daniel Partridge, Jonathan FieldsendJim Haywood and Alistair Sellar (External) 
Chris Kerry 'Enforcement, remote sensing, and data science for effective illegal fishing deterrence.' Kristian Metcalfe, Saptarshi Das, Karyn MorrisseySam Weber and Tom Letessier (External) 
Timothy Lam 'Quantifying teleconnection pathways leading to Droughts and Wildfires in Indonesian Borneo.' Jennifer CattoAnna Harper and Rosa Barciela (External)
Guy Lomax 'Measuring and managing rangeland resilience with remote sensing.' Tom Powell, Tim LentonAndrew Cunliffe and Theo Economou
Joshua Redmond 'Participatory Design for Human Rights Monitoring using Earth Observation Data.' Ernesto Schwartz-MarinHugo Barbosa and Ana Beduschi 
Arthur Vandervoort                               'In the wake of disaster: analysing gendered mobility patterns by leveraging mobile phone data, data feminism, and justice.' Sabina LeonelliKaryn Morrissey and Riccardo di Clemente 
Alice Wells                        'Using effusive and explosive volcanic eruptions as natural analogues for solar radiation management strategies and assessing the public opinion of geoengineering.'   Jim HaywoodJames Dyke and Daniel Partridge 
Ned Westwood 'Computer assisted classification of political narratives that impede and promote action on climate change.' Travis CoanHywel Williams and Saffron O'Neill 

Cohort 2 (2020)

Student PhD Research Supervisors

Emma Bailey

'Tipping Sustainable Change: Social Dynamics and Contagion.'  Tim LentonHywel Williams and Catherine Butler 
Ian Burton 'The impact of innovation and technology diffusion decarbonisation policy packages on the global economy-energy-environment system.'  Jean-Francois MercureFemke Nijsse and Sarah Hartley 
Daneen Cowling  'Enhanced erosion and the land-ocean continuum: Assessing the biogeochemical responses to vulnerable landscapes.'  Tim LentonUte Schuster and Jacqueline Christmas  
Kevin Donkers  'Can agroforestry be utilised at scale to meet climate adaptation and mitigation needs of UK agriculture?'  Brett Day and Danny Williamson 
Elizabeth Galloway  'Modelling the impacts of tropical storms in the Philippines using statistical and machine learning approaches.'  Jennifer Catto and Chunbo Luo  
Abhi Navaneethanathan         'Developing ML and statistical models to study global particulate organic carbon fluxes through the data fusion of sparse, heterogeneous and in-situ oceanographic observations.'  Chunbo LuoPeter Challenor and Sabina Leonelli                                                                                     
Trish Nowak  'Wandering Dusts. Using mixed AI methods to predict atmospheric dust transport, and disentangle curious reasons for its impact on the environment.

Benno SimmonsStefan Siegert and Andy Augousti (External)

Frederica Poznansky 'Soundscapes in Tropical Landscapes.'  Frank van Veen and Saptarshi Das 
Monty Sant 'Ocean abosorption and storage of anthropogenic carbon.'  Andrew Watson and Peter Challenor
Sara Sjosten 

'How can drastic changes in the Earth system in deep time help us understand how current ecosystems may respond to further human perturbation? How much more human disturbance can ecosystems tolerate before they collapse?' 

Tim Lenton and Peter Roopnarine (External) 
Nicola Wilson  'How can digital technologies help upscale and finance blue carbon?'  Chris Laing, Bob BrewinRudy Arthur and Sarah Hartley  

Cohort 3 (2021)

Student PhD Research Supervisors
Cesar Arturo Angeles Ruiz                             'Incorporating renewable energy in electricity grids.' James DykeJames Salter and Harshil Sumaria (External)
Manju Bura 'The social life of heatwaves: A multimodal study of framing of heatwaves.'  Ernesto Schwartz-MarinChico Camargo and Clare Saunders
Jake Curry 'Application of Computer Vision Methods to Camera Trapping for Ecology and Conservation.' Benno SimmonsSareh Rowlands and Jacqueline Christmas 
Ben Fitkov-Norris 'Alternative routes to marine conservation - beyond the protected area paradigm.' Benno SimmonsJacqueline ChristmasKristian Metcalfe or Barend van Maanen 
Ellie Fox 'Impacts of glacier melt on water availability and quality for downstream communities in the Andes: A socio-cryspheric systems approach.'                              Steven PalmerErnesto Schwartz-Marin and Sally Rangecroft 
Jonathan Growcott 'Multimodal monitoring of large African carnivores.' Benno Simmons, Matthew Wijers (External), Johan Wahlstrom and Richard Everson
Owain Harris 'High impact weather in the mid-latitudes: Identifying and predicting dry intrusion outflows using statistical and machine learning methods' Jennifer Catto, Stefan Siegert, and Eleanor Hadley Kershaw
Tom Hogger Gadsby 'Modelling past, present and potential futures of mobility in Mexico City.' Ernesto Schwartz-MarinFederico Botta and Patricia Murrieta-Flores (External) 
Emily Robinson 'Tracking the discourse of transboundary injustices of Net Zero decarbonization strategies.' Sarah Hartley and Chico Camargo
Nathanael Sheehan 'The Epistemic Consequences of Open Data and Software: A practice based study' Sabina Leonelli and Federico Botta 

 Cohort 4 (2022)

Student PhD Research Supervisors
Ceren Barlas                                     'An Index for Climate Change Adaptation in the UK' Mark KelsonJames Salter and Gavin Shaddick (External)
Paul Bell TBC  TBC 
Zihao Chen TBC TBC
Alex Edwards 'Demand for Climate Justice' Femke NijsseKaren Bickerstaff and Paul Brockway (External)
Rhiannon Grant 'The Turbidity of European Shelf Seas' Ute Schuster, Jerry Blackwood (External), Rudy Arthur and Shaun Rigby (External) 
Morgan Sparey 'Modelling Clouds with ML: Open-Source Modelling for Accurate Climate Prediction'                                            Mark Williamson, Cyril MorcretteStefan Siegert and Peter Cox
Ashish Sundar 'Multi-Drone Exploration in 3D Environments' Chunbo Luo and Ernesto Schwartz-Marin 

Cohort 5 (2023)

Student PhD Research Supervisors
Arjun Biswas TBC  
Tatiana Cantilo TBC  
Joshua Dare-Cullen     TBC  
Ross Gardiner TBC  
Francisco Ganzalez TBC  
Andrew Houldcroft TBC  
Catie Johnstone TBC  
Alina McGregor TBC  



Chanon Olley TBC  
Bri Pickstone TBC  
Simon Puttock TBC  
Will Rees TBC  
Will Ward TBC