After a degree in geophysics from Durham (UK) and graduate work at Oxford, I spent eight years at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. There, I continued my research interests of lithospheric flexure using shipboard gravity and bathymetry, the construction of satellite-derived geoid and gravity fields, and, the creation of gridded depth databases from echo-soundings and contours. I spent five of those years years working part-time in the SIO Geological Data Centre.
I specialised in the acquisition and processing of shipboard multi-beam bathymetry, gravity and magnetics data, in the development of techniques and algorithms to improve the ease and efficiency of data processing, and in spear-heading the SIO-GDC involvement of shallow-water bathymetric surveys. For GEBCO, I have contributed the 1-minute bathymetric grid for the entire Indian Ocean and Environs based upon Bob Fisher's contours, have manned GEBCO information booths at AGU and EGS conferences, and have helped to develop the GEBCO website. I now work in the marine geosciences database group at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory which is responsible for managing data for the NSF-funded Ridge 2000 and MARGINS initiatives, amongst others.