Bio

Currently, I am an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University, having previously completed a Ph.D. at King’s College London and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Cornell, Cambridge and Princeton Universities.   At Princeton, I am measuring methane emissions from gas mining operations in West Virginia. With the aim of quantifying fugitive methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells, I am responsible for conducting monthly field campaigns to collect air samples from chamber and inverse dispersion experiments. 

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Measuring ammonia emissions from A) the Bass Rock, Scotland and B) at Mars Bay, Ascension Island 

In work at Cambridge and Princeton Universities, I estimated gas emissions from sources significant to national greenhouse gas inventories. This work has resulted in papers that provide evidence to better understand the biogeochemistry of the carbon and nitrogen cycles. My work at Cornell University incorporated biogeochemical processes describing the formation of ammonia into the Community Earth System Model, and this work is currently being used to investigate the environmental effects from ammonia emissions from intensive agriculture in the US and China.

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Installing a greenhouse gas sensing suite on a wind turbine at Clacton, Essex, UK (in the orange vest)

In addition to research, I also have a significant amount of teaching experience. I taught physics and science to high school students in the UK and the Cayman Islands for nine years, where I learned to deliver information in exciting ways that enrich learning for all students. I also gained experience at universities by assisting teaching biogeochemistry and GIS to undergraduate and M.Sc. students at Cornell and Stirling Universities. In addition to teaching, I have also mentored M.Sc. students at Cambridge and undergraduates at Princeton.

  A)  BreaghB)  Captain

A) Travelling out to the Breagh gas platform in the North Sea.  B) The Captain oil platform in the North Sea.

My latest research interest is estimating methane emissions from oil platforms in the North Sea.  I use retaltively small boats to measure methane concentrations and meteorological conditions around the platforms.  These data can then be used to infer the location and size of any methane emissions with the aim of reviewing current methane emission estimates from the oil and gas industry, comparing these to actual measurements.  As an end product, I aim to highlight the difficulties in making realistic countrywide GHG emission estimates.