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.
Dr Tracy Shimmield
BGS Executive Committee member
Tracy is a marine geochemist, who joined BGS in October 2016 as Co-Director of the Lyell Centre. International engagements have been a feature of Tracy’s career and she has spent time in Papua New Guinea and South America advising on mine waste management.
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 Simon Kelley
University of Edinburgh Executive committee member
Simon joined the University in July 2017 from The Open University and became Head of the School of Geosciences at the beginning of August. Simon is an Earth Scientist with a research career measuring the rates and timescales of Earth and planetary processes. In recent years he led a research centre, was Associate Dean Research and latterly Interim Exec Dean for the STEM faculty at the Open University. Simon has become increasingly interested in online pedagogy and led a project creating an Open Educational Resource, the Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences.
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.
Dr Christian Schroder
University of Stirling Executive committee member
My overarching interest lies with the (bio)geochemical iron cycle and how it is linked to the cycling of other elements such as carbon, sulphur or phosphorus. My Research ranges from the interaction of minerals, microorganisms and contaminants in the groundwater to aqueous mineralogy and geochemistry on Mars. I strive to foster cross-fertilisation between the environmental sciences and planetary exploration.
Dr Fin Stuart
SUERC Executive committee member
Fin is an isotope geochemist specialising in the measurement of low concentrations of the noble gases (He, Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe) in minerals and natural fluids. He graduated in Geology from University of Dundee in 1987 and successfully defended his PhD at University of Manchester in 1991. He joined SUERC in 1993 and is currently Director. Much of his research concentrates on using cosmogenic isotopes to track sediment storage, quantify rates of long-term landscape development and determine the timing of recent volcanism. He is currently leading an initiative to exploit the noble gas isotope composition of natural gases to constrain their origin and as a fingerprint for identifying leakage during gas exploration and extraction.
Professor Neil Simco
University of the Highlands and Islands Executive committee member
Professor Neil Simco is Vice-Principal (research and Impact) holding leadership responsibility for the oversight of research and knowledge exchange activity across the university. This involves oversight of all aspects of the university’s strategy in research and knowledge exchange, preparations for the REF 2021, the university’s graduate school, quality assurance and enhancement and the development of research-teaching linkages.
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.