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Natasha Senior

Natasha Senior




I have always been driven by an innate curiosity about the natural world, which underpins my interests in photography and travelling. Undoubtedly, this is what attracted me to studying for an integrated Master’s degree in theoretical physics at the University of Edinburgh.

But whilst I really enjoyed learning about the fundamentals of the universe, it all felt a bit far removed from the everyday world. I started to seek out more interdisciplinary fields of study. I spent one summer at Imperial College learning about the dynamics of microbubbles, which are used for imaging blood vessels, and my final year project involved using energy constraints to predict the existence of life in extreme environments. At the end of university I was keen to be involved in a project of both environmental and societal importance so I joined a team of seven volunteers to lead the EGP India 2013 project. We raised funds to build biogas converters for 20 impoverished families in South India.

Current research

These experiences led me to join the University of East Anglia (UEA) as part of the EnvEast DTP. I wanted to apply my knowledge of physics and be involved in something that I felt was worthwhile. The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is an important junction that connects major ocean currents; eddies that are formed here could potentially be mixing salinity, heat and other properties of the world’s oceans and redistributing them. Hence these processes could help to regulate the ocean and climate. Currently these phenomena are poorly understood and there are many conflicting opinions on how they manifest on a global scale. My project will use mathematical modelling of geophysical fluid dynamics in order to understand these eddy-mixing properties so that their effects can be better represented in climate models.