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Meet our climate science Ambassadors

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The science of climate change is inescapably clear, but communicating it to the public is no simple matter. Our Ambassadors programme works with UK scientists to provide training on how to engage the public, as well as supporting new and diverse voices from across the climate research community.

If you’re organising an event at COP26 or beyond, and you need a scientist skilled in public communication, we encourage you to reach out to one of our Ambassadors below.

Ambassadors attending COP26 in person and available for speaking engagements

Name Abbas AbdulRafiu

Affiliation University of Sussex

Specialist area I’m a low carbon development specialist with experience in Climate Change and Energy financing in Africa, public research funding in energy, climate change and industrial decarbonisation.

Contact [email protected] @AbbasRafiu

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Name Abi Whitefield

Affiliation University of St Andrews

Specialist area My research largely focuses on human perceptions of wildlife/wildlife management. I’m currently focussing on urban deer in Scotland. I’m also happy to talk about anything human/ climate related, especially the power of individual changes, education and action.

Contact

[email protected] @Abi_Whitefield

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Name Dr Christina Roggatz

Affiliation University of Hull

Specialist area I’m a marine chemical ecologist focusing on how climate change impacts the chemical signals used by marine organisms to communicate. My work ranges from bacterial biofilm signals to the pufferfish toxin.

Contact

[email protected] @CCRoggatz

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Name Dr Deepa Senapathi

Affiliation University of Reading

Specialist area My research focuses on the impacts of environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. I work with practitioners spanning the UK farming community to small holder farmers in India, beekeepers, conservation practitioners in various contexts as well as farm advisors.

Contact

g.d.senapathi [at] reading.ac.uk, @deepa_sena

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Name Dr Erika Warnatzsch

Affiliation University of Edinburgh

Specialist area I am a climate change researcher, digital education designer and teacher at the University of Edinburgh. I teach postgraduate Carbon Management students and also develop Climate Solution MOOCs for an international audience. Outside of academia I have a background in carbon accounting and I have had the privilege to work with businesses, policy makers, communities and individuals from around the world on climate solutions.

Contact

erika.warnatzsch [at] ed.ac.uk, @EWarnatzsch

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Name Felicia Jackson

Affiliation SOAS University of London

Specialist area My main focus is on sustainable and climate finance and the evolution of the financial markets, energy and climate policy, and systems change. I also work with a range of organisations on changing thinking about action on climate change.

Contact [email protected] @decarbonizer

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Name Dr Helen Findlay

Affiliation Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

Specialist area I am a biological oceanographer – I use a combination of experimental, observational and modelling tools to investigate the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine organisms and ecosystem functioning.

Contact [email protected] @HelSFindlay

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Name Jake Causley

Affiliation Falmouth University

Specialist area I am a passionate environmentalist who is heavily engaged in sustainability, wildlife, and the natural world.

Contact

Jake.Causley [at] falmouth.ac.uk

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Name Prof Lena Dominelli

Affiliation University of Stirling

Specialist area I am a professor of social work and my particular interests are climate change and extreme weather events including drought, floods, cold snaps, wildfires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions; disaster interventions; vulnerability and resilience; health pandemics; community engagement; co-production and participatory action research

Contact [email protected] @LenaDominelli

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Name Niamh Smith

Affiliation Glasgow Caledonian

Specialist area My PhD research is exploring the health impacts of urban blue spaces, and the co-benefits of urban natural environments for society and our environment.

Contact [email protected] @N_iamhSmith

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Name Rachel Harrington-Abrams 

Affiliation King’s College London

Specialist area I am a PhD student studying multilateral governance, adaptation, decision-making and climate-related resettlement

Contact [email protected] @RachelRoseH_A

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Name Dr Ria Dunkley

Affiliation University of Glasgow

Specialist area My research focuses upon the many ways in which individuals and communities are meeting climate change and ecological crises in their everyday lives. My expertise lies in ecopedagogy and learning for sustainability and community-led climate and environmental action.

Contact

ria.dunkley [at] glasgow.ac.uk, @RiaDunkley

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Name Dr Ruben Sakrabani

Affiliation Cranfield University

Specialist area My work explores alternative sources of fertilisers (such as compost, digestate or carbon-capture based technology into organic waste) to promote sustainable agriculture. As a chemist, my expertise also lies in the fate and transport of heavy metals and micropollutants in soils.

Contact

r.sakrabani [at] cranfield.ac.uk, @RSakrabani

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Name Dr Susana Campos Martins

Affiliation Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Specialist area I work on climate econometrics, which are methods to augment climate-economic research — and Financial Econometrics.

Contact

susana.martins [at] nuffield.ox.ac.uk, @SusanaM0228679

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Ambassadors available to speak remotely at COP26

Name Dr Agota Mockute

Affiliation University of Hull

Specialist area I study offshore wind energy. In particular, modelling the ocean – waves, wind and the seabed – and how they interact with the offshore wind turbines that generate so much clean electricity here in the UK, to ensure that we design and maintain them most efficiently.

Contact [email protected] @A_Mockute

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Name Dr Alistair Ford

Affiliation Newcastle University

Specialist area I build computer models of land-use and transport to explore how climate change will coincide with socio-economic change in our cities, and how we can plan for it. I examine the impacts of urbanisation alongside changes to extreme weather events on climate risk and resilience.

Contact [email protected] @AlistairCFord

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Name Amy Cartwright

Affiliation University of Plymouth

Specialist area I work on an Interreg FCE funded project called FISH INTEL which follows the movements of marine animals across the English/French channel using acoustic tags and tracking devices

Contact

amy.cartwright [at] plymouth.ac.uk, @amyycartwright

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Name Dr Ana Payo-Payo

Affiliation University of Aberdeen

Specialist area I work at the interface of animal ecology, modeling and social sciences. I study population dynamics and the impact of climate change, species management and conservation.

Contact [email protected] @anapayopayo

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Name Dr Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Lebrun

Affiliation British Antarctic Survey

Specialist area I study seabird ecology, analysis of tracking data and how such data can inform us on many aspects of animal behaviour and ecological processes. I also use tracking data to understand the foraging behaviour of Guillemots

Contact [email protected]

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Name Dr Aurelie Charles

Affiliation University of Bath

Specialist area My research interests relate to understanding and measuring herd-behaviour and social norms, their impact on individual decision-making, well-being and resource entitlements. My current research projects centre on sustainable earnings, group inequality mapping, and cross-disciplinary approaches to climate justice.

Contact [email protected] @aurelch888

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Name Dr Becky Glennon-Alty

Affiliation  University of Liverpool

Specialist area I’m a public engagement & science communications officer, with experience working in higher education and a background in ecology and conservation.

Contact [email protected]

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Name Benjamin Skinner

Affiliation Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds

Specialist area My research is practice-led, which means I facilitate interdisciplinary arts based workshops that explore how we perceive the immediacy of environment and the physical experience of climate change.

Contact [email protected] 

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Name Callum Wood

Affiliation The University of Manchester

Specialist area I work in the policy engagement institute at the University of Manchester ([email protected]). As well as policy engagement, my interests are science writing and media relations; I have an ongoing commitment to clear and actionable dialogue between academia and the wider public.

Contact

callum.wood [at] manchester.ac.uk, @TheSciCommGuy

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Name Dr Caroline Holmes 

Affiliation British Antarctic Survey

Specialist area I’m a polar climate scientist. My current area of research is Antarctic sea ice in the present and future. I’m also interested in mid latitude atmospheric dynamics, sea ice – atmosphere interactions, and climate impacts in mid to high latitudes. 

Contact [email protected] @CHolmesClimate

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Name Dr Caroline Clason 

Affiliation University of Plymouth

Specialist area My specialist areas are the dynamics and stability of glaciers and ice sheets, and the impact of retreating glaciers on downstream water quality and availability

Contact

caroline.clason [at] plymouth.ac.uk, @Caroline_Clason

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Name Dr Chris Hutson

Affiliation University of Bristol

Specialist area I work on radiation detectors and nuclear robotics, mostly to support decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

Contact

chris.hutson [at] bristol.ac.uk

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Name Danielle Bird

Affiliation University of Northampton

Specialist area I work as an energy officer for the University of Northampton. My expertise is in climate change and sustainability, particularly atmospheric pollution and emissions. I am beginning a PhD looking at lifestyle behavioural changes and attitudes to climate change, with a primary focus on the diets of Higher Education  students 

Contact

danielle.bird [at] northampton.ac.uk

@DaniENVbird

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Name Dr Elena Cantarello

Affiliation Bournemouth University

Specialist area My research explores vegetation dynamics and changes in ecosystem services in response to human impacts. My particular interest is contributing to solutions to environmental problems and providing tools that inform environmental practice and policy.

Contact

ecantarello [at] bournemouth.ac.uk, @mscgreeneconomy

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Name Dr Ella Gilbert

Affiliation University of Reading

Specialist area I work on Antarctic climate change, cloud microphysics and the non-carbon dioxide impacts of aviation.

Contact [email protected] @Dr_Gilbz

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Name Dr Fanny Monteiro

Affiliation University of Bristol

Specialist area I’m a senior lecturer in marine sciences with an interest in marine plankton ecology, biogeochemistry and how they interact with the Earth’s climate.

Contact [email protected] @OceanFMonteiro

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Name Dr Floor van den Heuvel

Affiliation British Antarctic Survey

Specialist area My research interests are aerosols and cloud microphysics, I work on a project aiming to improve the representation of mixed phase clouds over the Southern Ocean in climate models,

Contact [email protected] @DrFEMvdHeuvel

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Name Dr Ginnie Panizzo

Affiliation University of Nottingham

Specialist area Ginnie Panizzo’s research focuses on reconstructing past environments to better understand when and how humans have impacted earth systems. Her particular interest in water quality, pollution and how we can mitigate against the exploitation of landscapes at a time when we need increasing resilience and adaptation due to climate change

Contact

virginia.panizzo [at] nottingham.ac.uk

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Name Hazel Jeffery 

Affiliation National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)

Specialist area I work in the area of Earth System Modelling (climate modelling), where I lead on engagement with policymakers and the public for two UK climate research projects (UKESM & ACSIS) and a European Union Research project (ESM2025).

Contact

hazel.jeffery [at] metoffice.gov.uk

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Name Dr Ian Mabbett

Affiliation Swansea University

Specialist area I work on energy-generating buildings with a focus on Global South. It’s transdisciplinary so whilst I work on technology and systems approaches to things like energy and sanitation, we involve local communities

Contact

i.mabbett [at] swansea.ac.uk

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Name Dr Jacqui Eales

Affiliation University of Exeter

Specialist area My research looks at interactions between marine and coastal resource management and the health and well-being of coastal communities, and their resilience. My study areas are centred on South East Asia and the UK. Alongside my academic research, I am an Environmental Educator for the NGO Earthwatch https://earthwatch.org/

Contact 

[email protected] @jacqui_eales

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Name Dr Jess Neumann

Affiliation University of Reading

Specialist area I’m a landscape ecologist originally (working on biodiversity and landscape and climate change) and I then worked as a postdoc on seasonal flood forecasting for the River Thames basin. I now do a mixture of flooding and landscape/ natural flood management research and teaching.

Contact

j.l.neumann [at] reading.ac.uk, @Jess_n1

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Name Jingyi Li 

Affiliation University of Manchester

Specialist area I am interested in applying life cycle sustainability assessment and circular economy principles to assess geothermal power generation technologies. I integrate circular economy principles into geothermal power production systems to improve their overall performance sustainably

Contact

jingyi.li [at] manchester.ac.uk

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Name John Campbell

Affiliation Lancaster University

Specialist area I am a PhD student at Lancaster University, with an interest in political ecology, climate change politics, critical theory, public policy, postcolonialism and critical security studies.

Contact

j.campbell2 [at] lancaster.ac.uk

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Name Dr Justin Hinshelwood

Affiliation University of Exeter

Specialist area I am a senior lecturer in the renewable energy team at the University of Exeter. I have a background in bio

Contact

j.hinshelwood [at] exeter.ac.uk

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Name Katharina Huntenburg

Affiliation Lancaster University

Specialist area I am interested in various topics of plant physiology, but my favourite topic is plant hormones. My PhD (currently) is on drought stress responses of potato plants and I will start working in applied research (potatoes) from August.

Contact

Katharina_huntenburg [at] hotmail.com, @Huntenburg_Kat

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Name Katrina MacNeill

Affiliation UK Met Office

Specialist area I’m a climate science communicator at the Met Office, so not a traditional research scientist. I talk to policymakers, the public and business stakeholders as part of my job.

Contact

katrina.macneill [at] metoffice.gov.uk

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Name Laura Winters

Affiliation University of Liverpool

Specialist area I am the Public Engagement Officer for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Liverpool Uni. I really enjoy working with our scientists to explore fun and interesting ways they can share their research with everyone

Contact [email protected] @laurawinters87

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Name Dr Liz Lewis

Affiliation Newcastle University

Specialist area My work focuses on modelling the impact of climate change in terms of rainfall, floods and droughts.

Contact

elizabeth.lewis2 [at] ncl.ac.uk, @lizlewis_water

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Name Louise Sheridan 

Affiliation London Borough of Sutton (University of Sussex at the start of the Ambassadorship)

Specialist area I’ve recently started a communications and engagement role at a local authority and sustainability is one of the areas I cover. Before that, I provided communications and engagement support in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.

Contact

louise.sheridan [at] sutton.gov.uk

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Name Dr Louise Pagden

Affiliation University of Winchester

Specialist area I’m an academic head of department working on global citizenship education in schools: geography, citizenship, languages. I’m also particularly interested in politics and education.

Contact

louise.pagden [at] winchester.ac.uk, @LouisePagden

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Name Lucy Gilbert 

Affiliation Open University (OU)

Specialist area I am a student studying environmental science as well as sustainability communications manager at the OU. I am extremely interested in building public engagement skills (particularly in relation to sustainability).

Contact [email protected] @Louc3y

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Name Luis De Aguiar

Affiliation Harper Adams University

Specialist area I am a Senior Lecturer at Harper Adams University, lecturing on topics such as food security, sustainability and urban farming. I’m also part of a research group called UK Urban Agriculture Technology.

Contact [email protected]

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Name Dr Mahasweta Saha

Affiliation Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

Specialist area I am a senior scientist and a chemical ecologist at PML with a passion for investigating the ‘language of life’ in our oceans. Over the years I have developed expertise in investigating chemically mediated communication between seaweed and microbes under present and future oceans i.e. climate change stressors.

Contact [email protected] @sahamahasweta

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Name Dr Maribel Garcia-Ibanez

Affiliation University of East Anglia (UEA)

Specialist area My main research interests are the chemistry of the oceanic carbon cycle (in particular ocean acidification) and the formation, transformation and circulation of water masses, particularly in the North Atlantic and Southern Ocean.

Contact

[email protected] 

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Name Dr Megan Evans 

Affiliation University of Leicester

Specialist area I’m a medical doctor specialising in public health, with an interest in the impact of climate change on health.

Contact

megan22evans [at] gmail.com

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Name Dr Mina Samangooei

Affiliation Oxford Brookes University

Specialist area My research looks at ecological and energy efficient building design, with a specific focus on how buildings can contribute to their surrounding ecology through integrating food production with architecture.

Contact

m.samangooei [at] brookes.ac.uk

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Name Dr Nasser Tuqan

Affiliation Newcastle University

Specialist area I’m interested in the impact of climate change on water resources. My research activities are focused on investigating the costs associated with water security solutions.

Contact

nasser.tuqan [at] newcastle.ac.uk

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Name Prof Paul Palmer

Affiliation University of Edinburgh

Specialist area I’m a professor of earth observation at the University of Edinburgh and my research areas include the carbon cycle, estimating carbon dioxide and methane fluxes, air pollution, models and satellite data

Contact [email protected] @paulipalmer

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Name Rachel Bray

Affiliation University of Strathclyde

Specialist area I work on energy policy, regulation, markets, renewables and carbon reduction.

Contact [email protected] @Rachel_EPG

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Name Rosanna Amato

Affiliation UK Met Office

Specialist area I have a mathematics background, then I specialised in regional climate projections & international development / capacity building.

Contact

rosanna.amato [at] metoffice.gov.uk

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Name Dr Simon Boxley

Affiliation University of Winchester

Specialist area My areas of expertise are the philosophy of education, particularly Marxist, ecosocialist and ecosophical perspectives, education policy and practice, particularly relating to climate change, and the study of ‘race’ and ethnicity, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Contact

simon.boxley [at] winchester.ac.uk

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Name Dr Simon Hutchinson

Affiliation University of Salford

Specialist area I teach environmental science at UG level, including earth surface processes and environmental change. I also do research into past climate change and human impact i.e., palaeoenvironmental science including peat, flood plains and lake sediments.

Contact

s.m.hutchinson [at] salford.ac.uk

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Name Sreeram Valsalakumar

Affiliation University of Exeter

Specialist area My research interests include solar power and energy modelling. Currently, I’m working on manufacturing techniques of solar cells and how to enhance efficiency.

Contact [email protected]

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Name Thomas Empson

Affiliation London Southbank University

Specialist area I am LSBU’s Sustainability Project Manager. I am in the write-up phase of a PhD entitled Creative Engineering for a Sustainable Future. I train staff in the Sustainable Development Goals and lecture in sustainable development.

Contact [email protected] @TomEmpson

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Name Vibhuti Patel

Affiliation Grantham Centre, University of Sheffield

Specialist area My research seeks ways to encourage reduced meat consumption by examining the role of social norms in eating behaviour.

Contact [email protected] @evergreen_v_

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Name Yaryna Basystyuk

Affiliation University of Southampton

Specialist area I’ve previously worked on knowledge exchange between Higher education and the private sector, and with the US government and the United Nations. Now I’m using that experience as policy engagement manager, overseeing placements with national and local government and managing a science-policy fellowship scheme.

Contact

y.basystyuk [at] soton.ac.uk

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