- 1994 — 1998: PhD in Geography, University of Durham, UK
- 1989 — 1992: BA Honors in Geography, University of Liverpool, UK
- 2020 — present: Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore
- 2017 — present: Professor, Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- 2013 — 2017: Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, USA
- 2004 — 2013: Associate and Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA
- 1998 — 2004: Lecturer in Geography and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK
- American Geophysical Union
- American Quaternary Association
- British Ecological Society
- Cushman Foundation
- Geological Society of America
- Linnean Society
- Micropaleontological Society
- Quaternary Research Association
Service to the community
- 2016 — 2020: AMQUA Council as a Councilor for Marine Geoprocesses
- 2016 — present: European Geosciences Union awards and medal committee
- 2014 — present Associate Editor of Anthropocene
- 2014 — present: Associate Editor of Current Climate Change Reports
- 2009, 2012, 2014, 2017: Guest Editor of a Quaternary Science Reviews Special Publications
- 2008 — 2014: Associate Editor of Journal of Foraminiferal Research
- 2010 — present: Member of the PALSEA (PALeo-constraints on SEA-level rise) steering committee
- 2011 — present: Advisory board member of International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA)’s Commission for Coastal and Marine Processes
- 2011 — 2013: Contributing Author (CA) to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (5AR) Working Group I and Expert Reviewer for Working Group III
- 2010 — 2014: Project leader of International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) 588 ‘Preparing for coastal change: A detailed process-response framework for coastal change at different timescales’
- 2010 — 2014: Scientific advisor to The Future Ocean research of the German Research Foundation
- 2009 — 2013: Member of the Review Panel for the Helmholtz Program Geosystem: the changing Earth
- 2008: Joint Chair of American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) Biennial Meeting ‘Quaternary Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions and Landscape Responses’
- 2006: Joint Convener of the Geological Society of America’s Pardee Keynote Symposia Holocene Sea-level Change in North America: A Post-Katrina Assessment
- 2011 — 2012: Committee member of the National Research Council, USA for Sea Level Rise in California, Oregon, and Washington
- 2015: New Jersey Sea Level Rise Projections Panel
- 2015: Delaware Sea Level Rise Projections Panel
- 2013: Maryland Sea Level Rise Projections Update Panel
Honours and Awards:
- 2020: Fellow of NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity
- 2020: Member of World Climate Research Programme Grand Challenge on Regional Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts
- 2019: Nanyang Technological University President’s Chair in Earth Sciences
- 2019: Geological Society of America Frye Award
- 2016 — 2020: Councilor for Marine Geoprocesses for the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)
- 2016: Plinius Medal of the European Geosciences Union
- 2014: Voyager Award of the American Geophysical Union
- 2014: Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecture in Ocean Science
- 2013: Fellow of the Geological Society of America
- 2012: Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania
- 2010: Medal for Research Excellence by the Commanding General of the North Atlantic Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
- 2007: The W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award of the Geological Society of America
- 2004: Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK
- 2004: The Linnean Society (UK) Award for contributions to biological diversity and evolution
- 2003: The Higher Education Funding Council for England Excellence in Teaching Award
- 2001: Menzies Australian Bicentennial Award for promoting scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the United Kingdom and Australia
Seasonal Distributions of Foraminifera and their Implications for Sea-Level Studies, Cowpen Marsh, U.K.. SEPM Special Publication. 75, 21-30. (2003).
Integration of shelf evolution and river basin models to simulate Holocene sediment dynamics of the Humber Estuary during periods of sea-level change and variations in catchment sediment supply. Science of the Total Environment. 314-316, 737-754. (2003).
Holocene land- and sea-level changes in Great Britain. Journal of Quaternary Science. 17(5-6), 511-526. (2002).
On the post-glacial isostatic adjustment of the British Isles and the shallow visco-elastic structure of the Earth.. Geophysical Journal International. 148(3), 443-475. (2002).
Global to local scale parameters determining relative sea-level changes and the post-glacial isostatic adjustment of Great Britain. Quaternary Science Reviews. 21(1-3), 397-408. (2002).
‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand’ – putting learning models into practice.. Planet. 3(1), 12-14. (2001).
The natural history of the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve XXII: the climate of Slapton Ley. Field Studies. 10, 93-114. (2001).
Reconstructing relative sea-level change using UK salt-marsh foraminifera. Marine Geology. 169(1-2), 41-56. (2000).
Implications of a microfossil-based transfer function in Holocene sea-level studies. Geological Society Special Publications. 166, 41-54. (2000).
The Holocene evolution of the Humber estuary: reconstructing change in a dynamic environment.. Geological Society Special Publications. 166, 97-118. (2000).
Reconstructing Holocene rates of tidal sedimentation using a diatom-based transfer function approach: the Tees estuary, north-east England. . The Holocene. 10(4), 441-452. (2000).
Sediment provenance and flux in the Tees estuary: the record from the Late Devensian to the present. Geological Society Special Publications. 166, 171-195. (2000).
Analysis and interpretation of Holocene Sedimentary sequences: techniques applied in the Humber Estuary. Geological Society Special Publications. 166, 9-39. (2000).
Holocene isostasy and relative sea-level changes on the east coast of England. Geological Society Special Publications. 166, 275-298. (2000).
Late Quaternary sea-level changes, crustal movements and coastal evolution in Northumberland. Journal of Quaternary Science. 15(3), 215-237. (2000).
Modelling western North Sea palaeogeographies and tidal changes during the Holocene. Geological Society Special Publication. 166, 299-319. (2000).
Late Devensian and Holocene records of relative sea-level changes in northwest Scotland and their implications for glacio-hydro-isostatic modelling. Quaternary Science Reviews. 19(11), 1103-1135. (2000).
Quantitative Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction techniques in Sea-level Studies. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 29(2), 117-129. (1999).
The contemporary distribution of intertidal foraminifera of Cowpen Marsh, Tees Estuary, UK: implications for studies of Holocene sea-level changes. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 149(1-4), 127-149. (1999).
UK intertidal foraminiferal distributions: implications for sea-level studies. Marine Micropaleontology. 36(4), 205-223. (1999).
Diatom-based tidal-level transfer functions as an aid in reconstructing Quaternary history of sea-level movements in Britain. Journal of Quaternary Science. 14(2), 153-167. (1999).
Diatom zones across intertidal flats and coastal saltmarshes in Britain. Diatom Research. 13(2), 375-394. (1998).