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Chris Brierley (PhD Meteorology 2007)


After a long stint postdoc-ing at Yale, I'm now lecturing in Geography at UCL.

Why did you choose to do a PhD at the University of Reading?

There was a funded position still available in August and it seemed really interesting.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The camaraderie of the department - probably driven by small number of undergraduates.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their PhD?

Treat it as a job and make sure you put in the hours everyday. Otherwise you'll be catching up for them later. Invest effort into staying happy and safe - a lot can happen in four years that doesn't involve work, but determines whether you succeed.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I continued my sideways movement and am now a lecturing in Geography. I run MScs in climate change and environmental modelling at UCL. I've become interested in palaeoclimate, since my time in a geology department in the US.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Do physics or maths, because they'll set you really well for the rigour of climate change science.

What is your favourite memory of the University?

The Met croquet tournament and the barn dance.

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