UEA Glider Group



Adrian J. Matthews

My research interests are in tropical oceanography, meteorology and climate. I have led glider campaigns in the Indian Ocean (DYNAMO and BoBBLE ) where the focus has been on the ocean mixed layer, physical interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and the role of the ocean in monsoon and other tropical weather systems.

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Bastien Y. Queste

I am a Research Fellow on Prof. Karen Heywood’s “Climate-relevant Ocean Measurements and Processes on the Antarctic continental Shelf and Slope” (COMPASS) grant. My role within this project is two-fold. While other members of the project investigate the physical exchange processes near the margins, I am building a parallel line of investigation linking biogeochemical processes to the physical dynamics measured by autonomous platforms. Key areas of investigation include atmospheric forcing, ice margin and bloom dynamics; and cross-shelf exchanges and export of nutrients and carbon, both organic and inorganic. Secondly, I develop ocean glider and surface vehicle technologies to enhance autonomous observation capabilities along the shelf edge and slope and near marginal ice zones in Antarctica. Southern Ocean carbon uptake is determined by poorly understood mesoscale and submesoscale biogeochemical and biological processes on the shelf and in the lower limb of Antarctic overturning circulation. Our deficient understanding of these regional processes means that projections of future global climate conditions are hindered. As scientists, we need to exploit the opportunities provided by new autonomous and remote sensing technologies to make the necessary high-resolution ocean observations.

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Ben Webber

I am a lecturer in climate science in the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. My primary research interests involve studying the physical interactions between the ocean and atmosphere and how this influences climate variability and change, with a particular focus on tropical climate. I am also involved in the BoBBLE project, for which I am studying how ocean dynamics influence the variability of air-sea heat fluxes in the Bay of Bengal and the resultant impact on monsoon rainfall over India.

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Callum Rollo

I'm new here, a first year PhD student working with Karen and Rob. My project is to deploy a Seaglider equipped with a Nortek Acoustic Doppler Twin Current Profiler to estimate full water column velocities at shelf breaks.

Gillian Damerell

Gillian Damerell

I'm a senior post-doctoral research associate on Prof. Karen Heywood’s “Climate-relevant Ocean Measurements and Processes on the Antarctic continental Shelf and Slope” (COMPASS) grant. This project is focused on short term, high risk observational campaigns around Antarctica, using gliders to gather measurements which would be very difficult to obtain otherwise. My work will be in two main areas: firstly, the exchange processes transporting properties across the Antarctic slope front, including using gliders equipped with microstructure sensors to measure turbulent mixing between layers across the shelf break; secondly, investigating the variability of heat fluxes and water masses entering and leaving the cavities under ice shelves. Previously I worked on OSMOSIS (Ocean Surface Mixing, Ocean Submesoscale Interaction Study) which involved an ambitious year-long glider-observation programme in the North Atlantic. I have a decade of experience in treating large observational and model datasets together, with a focus on physical processes and time-series analysis.

Karen Heywood

Luca Possenti


Marcos Cobas Garcia

I have been working as a Glider Technician at the University of East Anglia since February 2016. During this time I have participated in several deployments (Bussole site, BoBBLE, Massmo 4), refurbishments and ballasting of gliders. I have worked in the Spanish Oceanographic Institute in the past, and participated in several campaigns in this institution.

Martina Bristow

Martina Bristow

I am a PhD student working with Prof. Karen Heywood and Dr Bastien Queste. My project explores the physical and biogeochemical factors affecting zooplankton patchiness using state-of-the-art echosounders on autonomous platforms. As part of the AlterEco project (An Alternative Framework to Assess Marine Ecosystem Functioning in Shelf Seas) I am investigating the relationships between zooplankton distribution and surface water properties in the North Sea using an acoustically-equipped Wave Glider (an unmanned surface vehicle), where possible linking with coincident measurements from the water column taken by ocean gliders.


Marina Azaneu

I have a strong interest on the effect of climate change on the physics of the Southern Ocean. Having worked with trends in the properties of the Antarctic Bottom Water both with in situ and model data, my most recent piece of work focuses on an important Antarctic gateway: the presence of the dense water outflow in the western Weddell Sea and its influence on the short-term variability of the Antarctic slope current. I use both traditional oceanographic data and also new observing technologies, such as ocean gliders, to investigate the physics associated with the variability of crucial oceanic regions. Currently I'm using ocean gliders to explore the feedback between the passage of the Coupled Convective Kelvin Waves and the properties and dynamics of the Maritime Continent. This work is part of the project Equatorial Line of Observations (ELO), led by Professor Adrian Matthews.


Peter Sheehan


Philip Leadbitter

NEXUSS PhD student working alongside Rob Hall using Micro-Structure Gliders, specifically looking at high resolution temperature data. Areas of potential interest include the North Atlantic and Antarctica (working with the British Antarctic Survey gliders).


Pierre Cauchy

I am interested new ways of monitoring the oceanic environment, using passive acoustics and ocean gliders. I develop new observation abilities for gliders based on the recording of the underwater ambient noise. I can listen to the wind blowing at the surface on a stormy day, to the sperm whale hunting in the deep ocean, to the curious serenade of the fish in the night-time...

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Rob Hall

My research is on shelf sea and shelf edge fluid dynamics, diagnosed from both observations and numerical model simulations. I have a specific interest in internal waves and internal tides, their interactions with complex topography such as submarine canyons, and their effect on turbulent mixing, biogeochemical fluxes, and primary productivity. As an leading member of the UEA Glider Science Group, I have led several Seaglider missions and developed methods to use these autonomous vehicles for the diagnosis of internal wave energetics and turbulent mixing rates. To support these observation and investigate process interactions, I run numerical model simulations using both the Princeton Ocean Model (POM) and MITgcm.

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Tom Hull


Yanxin Wang

Now a second year PhD student working on seasonality of the ocean water masses in HiGEM, also focus on the Antarctic water. I will participate in an Antarctic cruise during 10th Feb to 10th April in 2019 and deploy two gliders (one microstructure glider and one standard glider) around the continental slope in the Weddell Sea.


Yixi Zheng

PhD student working with Karen, Dave and Ben. PhD project: the influence of ice shelves on the oceanography of Antarctic continental shelf.