Board Members

Chris Allton (Director)

Chris grew up and was educated in Australian and then embarked on a career which has seen him living in four of the Rugby Six Nations. In his day job he lectures Physics and researches fundamental particles such as quarks which make up protons and neutrons, and hence 99% of the known universe. Away from work, he enjoys running, cycling and generally being outdoors in and around the beautiful Swansea and Gower beaches.

Mary Gagen (Deputy Director)

Mary is a geographer and geologist by training and now lectures on all things physical geography, and researches climate change. Her research interests lie in the palaeoclimatic information stored in the annual rings of trees and she spends as much time as possible sourcing ancient woodland sites, having led fieldwork in North America, southern Africa, South East Asia and throughout Europe and Scandinavia. Away from the forest and lab Mary is passionate about science outreach and co-runs Swansea University’s Science for Schools Scheme. Spare time is mostly spent outdoors or on a yoga mat, and she is a qualified holistic therapist.

Will Bryan

Will is a physicist whose research area is in fast lasers, so fast that they can effectively take "videos" of chemical reactions. He is also very keen on schools outreach projects and complements his scientific studies with an interest and aptitude in art.

Elaine Crooks

Elaine grew up and did her first degree, in maths and physics, in Scotland, before moving south to do a maths PhD. She now lectures maths and researches into nonlinear partial differential equations and applications ranging from ecology to image processing. Outside work, she enjoys music, hiking and food.

Ed Pope

Ed is a marine biologist who grew up on the island of Guernsey and has worked in the USA and Costa Rica. He lectures and researches the biology and ecology of fish and marine invertebrates and enjoys cycling and snorkelling around Gower in his free time.

John Tucker

John is a computer scientist and expert on computability theory, also known as recursion theory. His work has focused on generalizing the classical theory to deal with all forms of discrete/digital and continuous/analogue data; and on using the generalizations as formal methods for system design; and on the interface between algorithms and physical equipment.