Evelyn Workman

Evelyn Workman


I am foremostly a physicist, graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2018 with a BSc in physics. As part of my undergraduate degree I studied abroad for a year at the University of Guelph in Canada. At Guelph I undertook courses in climate sciences. I was intrigued by how much physics and mathematics were involved in climate science, which inspired me to enrol in a Master’s degree in climate physics at Utrecht University.

During this two year MSc degree, I was able to spend 9 months on my thesis research project. My thesis was in atmospheric chemistry and  was entitled “Diurnal Evolution of the Oxygen Isotope Anomaly of CO2 Above a Forest Ecosystem”. This project involved studying oxygen isotopes in atmospheric carbon dioxide, in order to try to better constrain the biospheric component of the carbon cycle, through laboratory measurements and model simulations.

Evelyn Workman

Geosciences, Resources and Environmental Risk

PhD title: Methane In and Above the Polar Oceans: How Much is There, Where is it Coming From, and is it Changing?

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential of 85 times that of carbon dioxide. As atmospheric methane concentrations are rising, it is important that we are able to better understand potential sources of atmospheric methane.

In this PhD project I will be working with Royal Holloway University and the British Antarctic Survey to investigate methane above polar oceans. The project involves analysing methane data from past Arctic/Antarctic campaigns and establishing the first polar-wide assessment of methane isotopic fingerprints using air samples provided by partner Arctic/Antarctic stations/ships.

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