Ivan is an associated professor in Ocean and Earth Science, at the University of Southampton, UK. He is passionate about all things relating to sea level.
He and his team investigate variations in sea level from time-scales of seconds (waves), to days (tides and storm surges), through to long-term century scale rises in mean sea level, and its impact on the coast. A key thrust of his and his teams research is determining how to effectively translate the results of these studies to local scales in practical terms, in ways that will aid coastal management; he has worked with many government/consultancy organisations in this regard.
- I have four main areas of research, as follows:
- Mean Sea level: local, regional and global trends, detection of accelerations, understanding of inter-annual variability
- Extreme sea levels and coastal Flooding: Changes in storm surges, extreme value analysis, compound events,
- Astronomical tides: inter-annual changes in tides (4.4 and 18.6-year tidal cycles), tidal energy
- Coasts: impacts of sea level rise, working with nature
Current PhD Students
I am deeply passionate about delivering high-quality, engaging, interactive and research- and stakeholder-led teaching at undergraduate and MSc level.
Over the last 10 academic years I have: co-ordinated and taught Modelling Coastal Processes / Sea-Level Rise & Coastal Management (SOES6011; taught 50% of Coasts & Estuaries (SOES2024); instructed at the Plymouth field course (SOES301) every other year; contributed each year to Contemporary Topics (SOES6074) and co-ordinated the coastal engineering part of the MSc Research Projects (FEEG6012) for 8 years. In 2 previous academic years, I also co-ordinated and taught Intro. to Coasts for Engineers (SOES6074), which I developed, and Key Skills for Coastal Engineers (SOES6060). Student feedback on my teaching is consistently excellent, having increased from a mean individual rating of 4.5 out of 5, prior to my promotion to Associate Professor, to 4.8 out of 5 over the last 6 years. I am now helping to mentor Junior staff as they undertake PGCAP
External roles and responsibilities
Ivan was born in Zambia (about as far as you can get from the sea – which is odd given he is now an oceanographer) and moved to the UK when he was 19.
He undertook a BSc at the University of Southampton, studying Oceanography and Maths between 1998 and 2001.
After graduating, he worked as a numerical modelling at Assocaite British Ports Marine Envrionmental Research between 2001 and 2005.
After this, he returned to the University of Southampton to do a PhD between 2005 and 2009. The Phd focused on changes in mean and extreme sea levels in the English Channel.
He then undertook Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Western Australia between 2009 and 2012.
After this he return to the University of Southampton as a lecturer. In 2016 he was promoted to Associate Professor.