Daniel Skinner

Daniel Skinner


I graduated from UEA with an MMath Master of Mathematics in June 2020 having spent four years at UEA. My Masters Dissertation was titled ‘The Dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current’ and was supervised by Prof David Stevens. The main subject I am interested in is Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, so I sit on the boundary between Environmental Science and Mathematics. Although my formal training has been withing Mathematics, I am now starting to venture into Environmental Science as well.

Outside of studies I have held several roles within the School of Mathematics at UEA. For the past two years I have served as the President of UEA MathSoc (having spent a total of three years on the committee) and have also worked as an Associate Tutor for the past year. My tutoring work also includes a year spent working at the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Norwich.

Alongside academics, I am also a keen runner, having worked in Norfolk’s specialist running store throughout my time at UEA.

Daniel Skinner

Marine, Atmospheric and Climate Science

University of East Anglia, School of Mathematics

PhD title: Tropical weather systems and their global impacts: How will they evolve with climate change? Supervisors: Prof Adrian Matthews, Prof David Stevens

Overview: The eastern Indian and western Pacific Oceans form the “tropical warm pool”, the largest area of warm ocean on the planet. The warm pool provides the heat and moisture for the most intense atmospheric convection (thousands of cumulonimbus clouds) on Earth. These convective clouds supply the rainfall essential for agriculture and social and economic needs for countries within the Asian-Australian monsoon system. Additionally, the heat release due to condensation within these clouds leads to changes in weather globally through “teleconnection” patterns. For example, the “Beast from the East” cold spell in the UK in early 2018 owed its existence in part to a particularly wet period over the warm pool. Hence, understanding of the large-scale tropical weather systems that govern the rainfall over the warm pool, and their downstream influences on global weather systems, is of major importance in weather prediction. How these processes are projected to evolve with climate change is largely unknown, but is of great importance for the understanding and interpretation of climate change projections.


Dominic Russel Prize (2017)
BSc Final Year Project Prize (2019)
MMath Final Assessment Prize (2020)

All awarded by the School of Mathematics, UEA.