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Academic Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, and I have a broad range of sporting and scientific interests. My main focus is on elite sports performance, training adaptations, recovery, environmental physiology, nutrition and ergogenic aids. I have also researched the positive effects of exercise on physical and mental health, improving quality of life and longevity. One of my goals is to lead research that helps us to achieve peak physical and mental health using exercise as a tool.   

After completing my BSc in Sport Science at the University of Brighton, I went on to an MSc in Exercise Physiology at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where I also completed 2 years of my PhD. I then transferred to the University of Exeter where I completed my PhD entitled ‘The Effects of Fitness and Training on VO2 Kinetics’.

My main research interests lie in the determinants of endurance exercise performance, and I have a growing list of publications in the area. I've published in esteemed international peer reviewed science journals, such as the ‘Journal of Physiology’, ‘Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise’, and the ‘Journal of Applied Physiology’. As an active cyclist and runner, I have a strong interest in this growing sport, and have worked with numerous athletes, ranging from cycling to boxing, kayaking, rowing, swimming, athletics, and triathlon to name a few. I have supported some unusual events, such as the World record for a 7-day continuous run on a treadmill set by Sharon Gayter, as well as ascents to various mountains, and challenges set in extreme climates.

Summary of Research Interests

My research interests are varied and focus on analysing and optimising running, ultra-endurance and cycling performance, as well the effects of physical activity on physical and mental health. I am also interested in what effects nutritional strategies, supplements and ergogenic aids have on exercise performance, recovery, and health. I am working with local athletes and cycling clubs, and am keen to collaborate with others interested in the areas of endurance, ultra-endurance, and extreme events. I am also looking to collaborate on projects examining the impact exercise can have on physical health, mental health, and longevity. 

I am interested in supervising PhDs in the areas of elite sports performance, endurance exercise, improvements and limitations to performance and training, sports nutrition, environmental physiology, oxygen uptake, and using exercise as a tool to improve health.

I have supervised 2 PhDs in the past and am currently working with a PhD student examining the optimisation of training strategies in cyclists. I am keen to be Director of Study for full-time or part-time PhDs. I teach exercise physiology, sports consultancy, applied sport science and environmental physiology for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

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