School of Earth and Environment

Stephen Hunter Dr Stephen Hunter

Research Fellow

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Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute, Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


Stephen completed a MPhys in Physics and Space Science at Southampton University during which he developed a strong interest in computational physics and its applications. Stephen went on to do a PhD in the modelling of Late Cretaceous climates and ice-sheets at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge and the University of Leeds. The main goal of this work was to determine if eustatic sea level change during the Latest Cretaceous had glacial origins. Following graduation he did a post-doc investigating the role of submarine methane hydrates during Late Quaternary glacial cycles and subsequently the sensitivity of the global inventory to scenarios of future climate change. Stephen is currently a European Research Council (ERC) Research Fellow working on a project investigating Pliocene constraints on Earth System Sensitivity, under the leadership of Prof. Alan Haywood at the University of Leeds.

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Ph.D., University of Leeds and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS): NERC "Modelling Antarctic Ice Sheets Under Greenhouse Earth Conditions" Supervisors Prof. Alan Haywood (BAS, Leeds), Prof. Jane Francis (Leeds, BAS), Prof. Richard Hindmarsh (BAS), and Prof. Paul Valdes (Bristol)

M.Phys., Physics with Space Science, University of Southampton


2007-present: Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the the European Geosciences Union (EGU); Professional Member of the Institute of Physics

Research Interests

Stephen’s research interests are in the evaluation of climate models and the modelling and interactions of different earth-system components in palaeo and future contexts. He is experienced in the modelling of the atmosphere-ocean climate system, ice-sheets, vegetation, and methane hydrates. He works across multiple disciplines and has contributed modelling in the studies of macroevolutionary dynamics, palaeoclimatic impacts of volcanoes, and the generation of new palaeogeographic frameworks. He has a strong software engineering background developing software, for example, in data mining and statistical analysis, palaeogeographic plate rotations, model integration and coupling, data-model evaluations, algorithm development and GIS software development.

For an comprehensive list of publications please refer to Stephen's Google Scholar Profile