Grant Bigg obtained his B.S. degree in physics and applied mathematics in 1978 from The University of Adelaide, SA, Australia, with a B.S. degree with honours in applied mathematics the following year. He then became a tutor at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Adelaide, working part-time on a Ph.D. degree on diffraction and trapping of waves by cavities and slender bodies. This was completed in 1982, the same year he had a predoctoral fellowship at the 1982 Summer Study Program in geophysical fluid dynamics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Mass, USA. In 1983, he moved to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, for postdoctoral work on inverse methods in oceanography. In 1984, he followed his Principal Investigator, Adrian Gill, to the Hooke Institute in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, where his postdoctoral work broadened to marine climate change. In 1987, he became a lecturer at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 1996. He moved to a Chair in earth systems science at Sheffield in 2003 and was made the Head of the Department of Geography in 2006. Grant Bigg has been a member of the Council of the Royal Meteorological Society, Reading, UK, and was an Editor of its journal, Weather, for 5 years. He has also been an Associate Editor of the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate and for several years was on the editorial board of the Journal of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences. Bigg has special interests in ocean and climate modeling, and marine climate change, particularly of polar and tropical regions. He also works in palaeoceanography, particularly through combining modeling and observations. He has a special interest in icebergs, and their role in the ocean's freshwater flux, both today and in the Quaternary period.
Biography Updated on 4 August 2008