About Me

Welcome to my infrequently updated personal web page. I am an associate professor at the University of Reading in the UK. You will find details of my research interests, including modelling and management of toxic cyanobacterial (blue green algal) blooms and more recently the use of constructed wetlands and biochars for water quality improvement (in collaboration with Defu Xu of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) in China).

I teach many students about aspects of geography and environmental science and have run residential field classes since 1995 to Yorkshire, Holland, Spain, Crete and, most recently, China. Some information about the Crete field class can be found here.

I am an institutional reviewer and external expert for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have completed over 20 full-scale reviews of a wide range of UK universities and colleges since 2014. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I wrote the first official biography of “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean, a book which continues to receive mixed but tending towards positive reviews. In 2017, I recorded a long interview for the BBC Classic Albums documentary on Don McLean’s “American Pie” album. The show has been broadcast in the UK on BBC 4 (12/2017 and 02/2019), Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and Germany (2018) and is currently showing on Amazon Prime in the United States and the United Kingdom.

I am married with two children and live in Wiltshire, UK.