I am the Associate Head for Research within the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. Through this role I lead our strategic approach to the development of Research activities that are aligned the unique expertise and facilities housed within the School.
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 School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences submission for the REF 2021 exercise.
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.
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.