We are delighted to announce that Dr Adam Booth and Dr Mark Trigg are joining the water@leeds executive team as Associate Directors to lead on the missions of Next Generation and Research.
Dr Adam Booth will lead on Mission 4 – Next Generation: to train the next generation of water experts who will develop the knowledge, skills and interdisciplinary awareness to make a positive contribution to tackling water-related challenges.
Adam is Associate Professor of Applied Geophysics in the School of Earth and Environment. His research involves the use of subsurface imaging technologies to characterise the influence of glacier meltwater on ice dynamics, but extends to monitoring groundwater resources and, as a member of Leeds Geosolutions Centre, their role in the low-carbon energy future. He is also interested in engaging researchers in arts disciplines, to benefit the public communication of science themes. As Programme Leader of SEE’s Exploration Geophysics MSc, he has developed several new links between student research projects and industrial stakeholders and brings this expertise to the water@leeds ‘Next Generation’ Associate Director role.
Regarding his new appointment, Adam says:
‘The most rewarding part of my job is developing opportunities for new researchers, so I’m really pleased to take up this Next Generation post. I’m excited to work with the whole water@leeds research community and develop new ideas for collaboration.’
Dr Mark Trigg will lead on Mission 1 – Research: to undertake transformational fundamental and applied research that enables us to be at the heart of the global water research and innovation community.
Mark is Associate Professor of Water Risk, School of Civil Engineering. His research interests are in river systems from the global to the infrastructure scale and is interested in how we connect these scales and what new science we can learn from those experiments, as well as how that knowledge can help address key societal challenges. Core topic areas are river hydrodynamics and the connectivity of rivers and floodplains, with strong links to geomorphology, hydrology and environmental engineering.
Regarding his new appointment Mark says:
‘I have always been fascinated by water; where it comes from, where it goes, how people use it and what the environmental needs, but most of all, why and how water moves. The result has been a broad career in engineering, hydrology and hydrogeology, with experience in many climates and countries. My current research aims to advance our understanding of the processes behind water movement within natural and man-made environments, to help society better adapt to future challenges. This is why my appointment to the role of Associate Director of water@leeds is so exciting, as it allows me to explore these water connections even more through such a fantastic network of experts!’
Photograph: Mark (fourth from right) on the Congo River Survey boat with the CRuHM science team. Photograph courtesy of CRREBaC.
water@leeds directors Prof Martin Tillotson and Prof Joseph Holden welcomed Mark and Adam:
‘We are delighted to welcome Mark and Adam to the water@leeds team. They bring a wealth of interdisciplinary experience in the water field, huge energy and great ideas. The whole team is really looking forward to working with them to advance the water@leeds mission.’