Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


Management Board

The London NERC DTP’s Management Board includes representatives from each of the partner organisations, as well as student representatives and is responsible for overseeing the management of the DTP.

The London NERC DTP’s Management Board includes representatives from each of the partner organisations, as well as student representatives and is responsible for overseeing the management of the DTP. The board meets 3 times a year to discuss issues relating to training, research and administration of the programme.

Kevin FowlerLondon NERC DTP Director - Kevin Fowler is Director of The London NERC DTP, overseeing the day-to-day running of the partnership. Kevin is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at UCL and a former Royal Society URF, his primary research interests are in sexual selection and sexual antagonism.

David ThornalleyLondon NERC DTP Deputy Director of Training - David Thornalley is Deputy Director of The London NERC DTP. He oversees the training framework and cohort development. David is a Professor of Ocean and Climate Science in the department of Geography at UCL. The central focus of his research is investigating the ocean and its role in the climate system, to allow us to improve predictions of future climate change and take the necessary steps to protect our environment.

Tom MitchellProfessor in Earthquake Geology and Rock Physics, University College London - Tom is a Reader in Earthquake Geology and Rock Physics. His research focus on the experimental deformation of rocks under simulated geological conditions, in order to help interpret natural processes such as faulting and earthquake mechanics and detailed field studies on the structure and properties of strike-slip fault zones over a range of scales to further understand fault growth processes, subsequent mechanics, and bulk hydraulic and seismological properties of a fault zone.

Stefan EngelsSenior Lecturer (Department of Geography), Birkbeck, University of London - Stefan is a Lecturer in Physical and Environmental Geography and teaches modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Stefan's research focusses on the study of natural archives such as lake sediment records and peat bogs to reconstruct climate change and ecosystem dynamics on time-scales ranging from the previous interglacial (ca 125 thousand years ago) to the present.

Tom MillerSenior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences, Brunel University London - As an interdisciplinary scientist with a background in biology and analytical chemistry, Dr Miller's research interests are focussed on the impact of chemicals in the environment and the interaction this chemical stress has with other environmental stressors. His expertise lies in small molecule mass spectrometry to determine chemicals found in the environment (especially in wildlife) and to determine biomarkers and pathways associated with adverse effects in exposed organisms. He is also interested in the integration of artificial intelligence within environmental toxicology to support and solve different environmental challenges.

Chris CarboneBiodiversity & Macroecology Theme Head, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology - Chris's research combines theoretical approaches and comparative analyses to look at broad scale patterns in ecology related to body size, diet and trophic level. His recent work has focused the body size scaling of prey selection and abundance in predators, and patterns in animal space use. He also works with projects examining human-wildlife interactions particularly focusing on the impacts of altered landscapes on wildlife ecology, species richness and conservation. This research includes examining ways to improve wildlife monitoring methods, particularly focusing on the use of camera traps to estimate mammalian biodiversity. His recent work focuses on urban ecology and public engagement in science.

Mark MulliganProfessor of Physical & Environmental Geography, King's College London - Professor Mark Mulligan completed his undergraduate degree in geography at the University of Bristol from 1988-1991. After a brief period in the rainforests of Brunei with the then Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Brunei Rainforest Expedition, he moved to King’s for his PhD on 'Modelling hydrology and vegetation change in a degraded semi-arid area', supervised by Professor John Thornes. Mark took up the post of Lecturer in Geography at King’s in September 1994 at the age of 24 and has been teaching and researching in the Department since, with a year (2003-2004) research secondment to Istituto di Botanica, Universita' di Napoli, Italy.

In 2003, Mark was appointed Reader in Geography and in 2004 was awarded the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Gill Memorial Award for ‘innovative monitoring and modelling’ of environmental systems. Mark is an honorary fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), adjunct Doctoral Graduate Faculty at Texas State University 2007-2012, and trustee of PROAVES UK.

Helen RobertsonHead of Postgraduate Studies, The Natural History Museum - After completing an MSci in Biological Sciences, Helen stayed on at UCL to undertake a PhD focusing on the evolution of marine worms belonging to the Xenacoelomorpha. Following her PhD she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, and the University of Chicago, where she focused on the evolution of gene regulation and cell types using the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis as a model system. On return to the UK, Helen began working for The Company of Biologists as Community Manager for a global community of early-career researchers advocating for preprinting in the life sciences. In June 2022 she became Head of Postgraduate Studies at the Natural History Museum, London, overseeing PhD and Master’s programmes involving the museum.

Simon Blockley, Professor of Quaternary Science, Royal Hollway, University of London - text coming 

Karina DixonDTP Manager - Karina Dixon is the Manager of the London NERC DTP and is responsible for managing all aspects of the DTP’s admin activities and supporting the day-to-day running of the student selection process, training programme, monitoring and communications. Karina is also responsible for the liaison with local administrators at each Partner Institution to synchronise procedures across the Partnership as well as with key staff in the Research Councils and manages all the financial aspects of the Training Partnership.

Kate MooreDTP Co-ordinator - Kate Moore is the Co-ordinator of the London NERC DTP and supports the manager with the day-to-day running of the DTP. Her key areas of responsibility are the administration of the London NERC DTP; co-ordination of the studentship competition and processes; maintaining and updating the DTP website. Kate is also responsible for providing general student support, overseeing the organisation of the undergraduate REP scheme and liaising with external associate partners to establish CASE partnerships and internships.