I grew up on Thames Ditton Island in South West London, spending my time kayaking and sailing with my local sea scout group and racing rowing boats for my school.

I became interested in technology and the environment during my physics degree at Oxford while exploring my outdoor interests like whitewater kayaking, climbing and mountaineering.

After graduating I made the slightly overambitious decision to design and build my own open canoe and paddle it to the Black Sea. I made it to Germany with a break in the middle. During this year I also qualified as a powerboat instructor and became involved in environmental campaigning and activism with Greenpeace.

After “the year of the canoe”, I did an MSc in Climate Change at University College London while continuing as an activist. During this year I developed my coding and computing, which led me to where I am now, doing a PhD.

I’m lucky to have four years of salary and research costs provided by the London NERC DTP. I work at the UCL Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, supervised by Prof Julienne Stroeve and Dr Michel Tsamados. If you’d like to find out more about my research, click here.