Andrew Cunliffe


Telephone: +44(0) 1392 723357 

College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Research Centre/Unit: Landscape and Ecosystem Dynamics

I have a long standing interest in how we understand the Earth System, and how we are able to simulate the Earth System and particularly earth surface processes numerically. This led me to study Physical Geography at the University of Exeter, from where I graduated in 2011 with a BSc. My undergraduate dissertation was on on fluvial geomorphology, examining the underestimation of bedload flux estimates in non-uniform channels due to the interaction of nonlinear transport algorithms with lateral heterogeneity in shear stress. Supported by a merit scholarship, I studied an MSc in Catchment Dynamics and Management at the University of Leeds, graduating in 2012 . The programme offered a primer in a diverse range of subjects, and I was particularly interested in modules on hydrology, environmental modelling, biogeochemical cycling and remote sensing. For my masters dissertation I sought to advance our understanding of wetland hydrology in blanket bogs, examining spatial variability in hydraulic conductivity of peat around a natural soil pipe, under the supervision of Professors Joe Holden and Andrew Baird. In 2012, I returned to the University of Exeter to begin my doctorate, working with Professor Richard Brazier and Dr Karen Anderson. Supported by a NERC studentship, my project seeks to advance our understanding of changing biogeochemical cycling in response to a grass-shrub vegetation transition in the southwestern United States. For more information on my current work, please see my research tab.