Extreme Environments

Extreme Environments & Occupational Performance Research Group

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The Extreme Environments & Occupational Performance Group investigates the physiological and psychological responses to adverse environments (e.g. heat, cold, and hypoxia) and the selection, preparation, and protection of those who enter such environments. This group has a world renowned reputation for their work in the areas working environments and operational conditions, occupational performance, water safety and drowning prevention, non–freezing cold injury, cryotherapy, heat exposure, hypoxia and the physiology, psychology and psychophysiology of extreme environments.

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We offer research and consultancy services, using our expertise in this group, as well as facilities and equipment housed in the Spinnaker Building.

This includes a biomechanics laboratory, physiology laboratory, sports development facilities and our research lab.

Extreme environments laboratories

See how altitude and humidity affect people's comfort, performance and survival. Features an immersion pool and swimming flume, which acts like a treadmill for swimmers.

A man in a harness being submerged in water
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Sports and Human Performance Testing

Analyse sports performance and environmental physiology, and use some of the best extreme environments facilities in the UK.

Male and female ultramarathon competitors crossing finish line
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Our research members

Michael John Tipton Portrait

Professor Mike Tipton

Professor of Human and Applied Physiology

Michael.Tipton@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Jo Corbett

Reader in Environmental Physiology

Deputy Associate Dean

Jo.Corbett@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Joseph Costello Portrait

Dr Joe Costello

Associate Head (Research and Innovation)

joe.costello@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Heather Massey

Senior Lecturer

Heather.Massey@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Mitch Lomax

Reader in Pulmonary Exercise Physiology

Mitch.Lomax@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Clare Eglin

Principal Lecturer

Clare.Eglin@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Gemma Milligan

Senior Lecturer

Gemma.Milligan@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Emma Neupert

Senior Lecturer

Emma.Neupert@port.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Mr Thomas Williams

Lecturer

Thomas.Williams@port.ac.uk

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We’re seeking volunteers to take part in some of our studies. This is a great opportunity to get an insight into our work. The requirements will vary, such as fitness levels and availability to visit our laboratories.

If you have any queries about the Extreme Environments & Occupational Performance Group please contact our Group lead Joe Costello (joe.costello@port.ac.uk)

  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), UK
  • Department of Army Health and Physical Performance Research, UK - Professor Julie Greaves
  • Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia - Professor Igor Mekjavic
  • Kings College London, UK - Professor Mike Shattock and Dr James Clark
  • Surf Lifesaving,UK - Dr Paddy Morgan, Associate Researcher
  • The University of Electro-Communications, Japan - Professor Soichi Ando
  • University College London, UK – Dr Alireza Mani
  • University College London, UK - Professor Hugh Montgomery
  • University of Otago, New Zealand - Professor Jim Cotter
  • University of Southampton, UK - Professor Geraldine Clough