I am the Associate Head for Impact and Innovation within the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Through this role I lead our strategic approach to the development of Innovation activities that are aligned the unique expertise and facilities housed within the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
I also lead on our Impact strategy, ensuring that that the work that we undertake has a benefit that extends beyond academia. Linked to this I am also the REF coordinator for Unit of Assessment 24. This role involves coordinating the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences submission for the REF 2021 exercise.
I work in the Extreme Environments Laboratory, which adopts an interdisciplinary research approach to understand, evaluate, and enhance human comfort, performance, and survival in extreme environments
My research focuses primarily on heat, hypoxia and hydration. Specific areas in which I am currently working include: 1) optimising adaptation to environmental stressors, alone and in combination, to improve physical performance in these conditions; 2) the use of environmental stressors to improve physical performance under different condtions (cross-stressor tolerance); 3) strategies to improve physical performance in extreme environments; 4) the therapeutic role of environmental stressors in health and disease.
This work ranges from mechanistic through to applied research and has been funded by industry, defence, elite sport and health groups.
I joined the department from the University of Chichester, where I graduated from the MSc in Exercise Physiology pathway with a distinction grade. I completed my PhD in the area of fat metabolism, with a specific focus on the role of bioactive agents and exercise in optimising fat metabolism. In addition to my teaching, research, and administrative roles, I have worked with athletes from recreational level to Olympic champion, have consulted for various National and International groups, and am a BASES accredited Sports Scientist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.