The SAGES Executive Committee (ExCom)is responsible for strategy and policy, financial control, liaison with management at member institutions and individual members. Membership comprises: Director; one representative per full member institution; Graduate School Director; chaired by institutional member on a rotating basis. ExCom meets on a 6-monthly basis in combined meetings with RICom.
Professor Mark Inall
Professor Inall is a member of the Executive Committee in his role as SAGES Director.
Professor Inall is Associate Director and Principal Investigator in Physical Oceanography at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).
Professor Inall gained his BSc in Physics from the University of Edinburgh, and gained his MSc and PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Southampton. He has undertaken research activities at Universities of Cambridge, Bangor and Victoria (BC).
Since 1998 he has led a marine physics research group at SAMS, with more recent responsibility for directing the Institute’s research portfolio. He co-developed Scotland’s first Marine Science BSc for the University of the Highlands and Islands. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and is Honorary Professor in the College of Science & Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Brice Rea
SAGES Executive Committee Chair and University of Aberdeen committee member
Dr Brice Rea is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in the Department of Geography and Environment.
His research interests include:
Glacial and periglacial geomorpholog/geology
Long-term landscape evolution in passive glaciated mid- and high-latitude margins.
Dr Nia White
Abertay University Executive committee member
I am Head of the new pan-University Graduate School (launched in September 2014) and was previously Head of the School of Science, Engineering & Technology at Abertay University. The Graduate School is an essential component of our new R-LINCS (Research-Led Innovation Nodes for Contemporary Society) Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy, to grow our RKE capacity and research excellence. All Postgraduate students, both taught and research, as well as research and academic staff, have access to the Graduate School which provides a comprehensive training programme within a central physical location of flexible working spaces, open to the entire research community, to promote integration and inculcation of an inter-disciplinary ethos.
I graduated from University College Cardiff in 1987 (BSc Hons Microbiology) and the University of Wales College of Cardiff (PhD SERC/CASE ICI Biological Products) in 1992, with a thesis entitled the ‘Biotechnological implications of the ecology and developmental biology of selected higher fungi’. I have over 20 years of research experience in Microbiology and Mycology, particularly on Serpula lacrymans, aspects of the ecology and biology of other wood and soil fungi, and on modelling the growth and interactions of filamentous fungi. I am driven by curiosity and the joy of working collaboratively.
I am particularly passionate about multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, and was involved in the development of SIMBIOS at Abertay – an environmental sciences research group with an interest in complex systems and the use of modelling methodologies, to gain a better understanding of these systems applied across a wide range of discipline areas (from epidemiology to soil microbiology and everything in between). Our new University Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy R-LINCS is an extended, accelerated and enhanced expression of this approach.
I am Chair of the Self Assessment Team that led the Abertay University application for Athena SWAN bronze award.The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in employment in academia.
Professor Chris Spray
University of Dundee Executive committee member
Professor Chris J Spray MBE, FRSA, MA (Cantab), PhD, MCIEEM holds the Chair of Water Science & Policy at the Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science under the auspices of UNESCO. He also has a NERC Knowledge Exchange Research Fellowship with Welsh Government 2015/2016. Before joining the university in 2009, I had over 20 years of practical experience of integrated water resource management from a number of distinct perspectives – including regulation and policy (Director of Environmental Science for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency); river basin management and planning (chair of Tweed River Basin Management Planning Area Advisory Group); wetland ecosystem services (co-author of UKNEA chapter on water and wetlands); Ecosystem Approach delivery (project board for national Scottish Land Use Strategy pilot in the Borders); water science and catchment restoration (principal investigator for the Eddleston Water Restoration project, and a series of other catchment projects); participatory environmental NGOs (Tweed Forum, RSPB director/trustee); and associated research, dissemination and advisory roles for governments (e.g. ACRE) and agencies (e.g. Scottish Natural Heritage board’s Science Advisory Committee). I utilise this range of experience in both my teaching and research collaborations, including contributions to graduate teaching in courses on sustainable catchment management; and on Natural Resources Management: environment & society; as well as cross-disciplinary contributions to International and National water Law courses.
Professor Sandy Tudhope
University of Edinburgh Executive committee member
Sandy Tudhope is Professor of Climate Studies, and currently Head of School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. He has been involved with SAGES from the outset, previously acting as co-Leader of Theme 3 ‘Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate’, and as Co-Chair of EXCOM. He is on the Council of the Scottish Association for Marine Science, is Chair of the Governance Board of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, and represents the University of Edinburgh on the executive committee of the MASTS Research Pool. Sandy’s research explores the nature and drivers of tropical climate variability and change, and the environmental controls on growth of corals and coral reefs. A major focus of his work has been to understand variability in the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phenomenon. His research in this domain has integrated reconstruction of past ENSO occurrence through geochemical analysis of the skeletons of annually banded corals with climate modelling to help constrain our understanding of natural and forced variability. Geographical foci of this research include the Galapagos, the central Pacific, and the western equatorial Pacific warm pool region.
Professor Martin Lee
University of Glasgow Executive committee member
Martin Lee Chair of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Glasgow, and Head of the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences. The main themes of his current research are on understanding the early history of the Solar System by studying C-type asteroids, and describing the evidence for past water on Mars. For this work he uses high-resolution electron microscopy and ion microprobe techniques.
Dr John Howe
SAMS Executive committee member
John Howe joined the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in 1998 moving to Oban from a post-doctoral research post with the British Antarctic Survey. He has a PhD from the University of Southampton in marine geology and a degree in Geology from Derby University. In his current role of Senior Lecturer in Marine Geology he has been head of the Biogeochemistry and Earth Sciences department, is currently Degree Program Leader and is supervisor for a number of research students. Currently he sits on the steering group of the Marie Curie International Training Network (ITN) Glaciated North Atlantic Margins (GLANAM) project and the NERC National Capability Marine Environmental Mapping Program (MAREMAP). His research focus is on marine geomorphology and habitat mapping, Quaternary ice sheet history, glaciomarine environments and the use of autonomous underwater vehicles in marine mapping. He has worked in the Arctic and Antarctic examining marine sediments as archives of long-term environmental change. He has 91 published outputs from peer-reviewed science papers to magazine articles and book chapters. Current projects include the use of AUV’s in the Arctic and in the Patagonian fjord region of Chile. He is a keen sub-aqua diver, and is a scientific diver with the National Facility for Scientific Diving at SAMS as well as helping to run the student diving club.
Professor Keith Bennett
University of St Andrews Executive committee member
Keith has a BA, MA and PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK). He held at postdoc position at the University of Toronto from 1983 to 1985 then joined the staff at the Deaprtment of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, becoming Assistant Director of Research (1985-1998). He was appointed Professor at Uppsala University (Sweden) in 1998, where he was responsible for the Quaternary Geology programme (1998-2004) and then Palaeobiology programme (2004-2006). Between 2007 and 2015 he was Professor of Late-Quaternary Environmental Change at Queen’s University Belfast (UK), and Head of School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology from 2009 until 2014. He joined the University of St Andrews as Professor of Environmental Change in 2016.
Keith has written one book (Evolution and Ecology: the pace of life: CUP, 1997) and over 100 scientific articles.
Professor Mike Billett
University of Stirling Executive committee member
Professor of Biogeochemistry and Environmental Change
PhD – University College London (Geology) 1984
MSc (by Research) – University of Aberdeen (Soil Science) 1989
BSc – University of Edinburgh (1979)
Current research grants:
1. The role of natural and artificial pools in northern peatland carbon cycling (2012-15). NERC Standard Grant. PI.
2. Permafrost catchments in transition: hydrological controls on carbon cycling and greenhouse gas budgets (2012-15). NERC (Arctic Research Programme). PI.
3. Does stream evasion of CO2 double the amount of terrestrial C exported by the Aquatic Conduit ? The origin and age of evading CO2 has the answer (2013-16). Swedish Research Council. Co-PI.
Professor Rob Ellam
SUERC Executive committee member
Rob Ellam is Director of SUERC and Professor of Isotope Geochemistry at the University of Glasgow. Rob began his career as an igneous petrologist and mantle geochemist but subsequently expanded his interests applying isotopes across a range of Earth and Environmental sciences from deep mantle processes through geological climate change to anthropogenic pollution. Currently, he is heading the initiative to established clumped isotope techniques at SUERC and acquired for SUERC the first production model 253 Ultra mass spectrometer, a high resolution instrument with isotope ratio measurement capability.
Professor Andrew Hursthouse
University of the West of Scotland Executive committee member
I am an environmental geochemist, applying an “earth-systems” approach to research which covers the transport/behaviour of pollutants in the environment (air quality, land degradation and remediation, and aquatic biogeochemistry), evaluating their impact on ecosystems and for human health.
These have links to policy and knowledge transfer activities which have been focused on the role and evolution of environmental management tools, issues of regulation and sustainability, and in the development of innovative R&D supports mechanisms for SMEs and large industrial operations across industrial sectors.
I undertook PhD and postdoc research on actinide geochemistry associated with nuclear waste processing facilities, developing analytical tools and applying them to study environmental transport processes. Subsequently my research has applied these principles in studies of waste impacts and management systems, resource recovery and exposure assessment. Fundamentally focused on understanding behaviour of potentially harmful elements and compounds in urban and rural environments in both terrestrial and aquatic systems.
I am currently Assistant Dean for Research & Enterprise in the School of Science & Sport and hold a Visiting Academic Post in the Key Lab for Shale Gas Exploitation, Hunan University of Science & Technology, PRC.