The PREDEX Research Team

University of Exeter (Exeter Climate Systems)

Dr Mark Holland

Dr Mark Holland is lecturer in Applied Mathematics. His main interest is at the interface of dynamical systems and statistics, namely the statistical properties of non-uniformly hyperbolic strange attractors and intermittent systems and the study of probabilistic limit theorems. He has pioneered the study of extreme value theory for non-uniformly hyperbolic dynamical systems.

Dr Alef Sterk

Dr Alef Sterk is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Exeter, in the PREDEX project. He received his PhD degree from the University of Groningen in October 2010. In his thesis he studied the dynamics of low-order models for atmospheric low-frequency variability and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. Alef is interested in the mathematical theory of Dynamical Systems and its applications to climate science.

Professor David Stephenson

Professor David Stephenson is the joint Met Office Chair in the Statistical Analysis of Weather and Climate, and the director of the Exeter Climate Systems research centre which is part of the mathematics research institute of the University of Exeter. His research involves the development and application of advanced statistical methodologies for better understanding climate variations and improving quality of weather and climate forecasts. A highly cited author, he has published over 100 papers in high quality journals and has an extensive experience in windstorm related research.

Dr Christopher Ferro

Dr Chris Ferro is senior lecturer in statistical science, with expertise in extreme value statistics and interests in developing statistical methods for climate sciences; describing and understanding the changing risks of extreme weather events; improving probabilistic weather forecasts; quantifying and understanding forecast quality.

Dr Renato Vitolo

Dr Renato Vitolo is a Willis Research Fellow based at the University of Exeter, where he will become lecturer in mathematical modelling of the climate system (July 2012). He has multidisciplinary interests, ranging from the quantification of correlated and clustered weather hazards (windstorms, hurricanes, floods) to the application of dynamical systems theory to atmospheric phenomena (low-frequency variability).