A penguin on the beach in South Africa
Professor Charles Tyler working in the aquarium

Climate change and sustainable futures

Climate change is one of the most important environmental issues of the 21st Century and there is increasing recognition of the need for interdisciplinary work to tackle the many complex issues it raises. The University has brought together world-class experts from a range of research groups across our disciplines; together they are generating new research that combines physical, mathematical, environmental, economic and social aspects of climate change and sustainable futures.

Professor Charles Tyler is a member of the Environmental Biology research group and a Professor in Environmental Biology:

Climate change is one of the most challenging issues to be faced in modern times and requires joined-up thinking to combat the problem. There are a number of world-leading research activities in the School of Biosciences that are highly relevant for both understanding and tackling the issue of climate change, notably in the areas of conservation and biodiversity, environmental biology, evolution, and behaviour. The climate change and sustainable futures theme provides a conduit to help better link these expertises with the other sciences, social sciences and humanities within the University and with external bodies, such as the Met Office. Adopting this collective and interdisciplinary approach we hope to make significant, and importantly, speedy in-roads to understanding the problem and generating the knowledge required to help combat it.

Professor Charles Tyler

Catlin Arctic Survey

Biosciences' Dr Ceri Lewis is working with Polar explorer Pen Hadow’s Catlin Arctic Survey to investigate climate change and the effects of carbon dioxide on the Arctic Ocean, on an ice base only 750 miles from the North Geographic Pole (read about the expedition in our news story).

Find out how Dr Lewis and the team are getting on with all the latest information from the survey.


Further information

Find out more about climate change and sustainable futures research at the University of Exeter.