Our staff

David N. Thomas


Email: d.thomas@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248 382878

Mobile: 07780225220

David Thomas is the Director of the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and the Environment. He is based in Bangor University, where he is also the Chair of Marine Biology in the School of Ocean Sciences in Menai Bridge. He studied and did his PhD in Liverpool where he studied seaweed physiology, before spending 7 years in Germany working on oceanographic projects in the Antarctic, Arctic and Red Sea. After returning to the UK he established a groups working on sea ice biogeochemistry, land-ocean interactions, and the production of biofuels from algal bioreactors. He is also active in initiatives to use saltmarsh plants to remove nutrients from land-based aquaculture wastewaters. From 2009 to 2013 he held an Academy of Finland Distinguished Professorship and spent 2.5 years living in Helsinki while working at the Finnish Environment Institute, where he still holds a research professorship. In 2013 he also held a Chair in Arctic Marine Biology at Aarhus University, Denmark for 10 months. He takes pride in conveying his science to non-specialist audiences, both in talks but also writing textbooks and books for non-academic audiences. Over the years, he has become increasingly interested in the connections between observational biology and art and design.

Hannah Toberman

Project manager

Email: h.toberman@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248 388609

Hannah is the project manager of the NRN-LCEE. Her main scientific interests lie in the ecology of biogeochemical cycles and the feedbacks between biota and their environment. Hannah has a PhD in peatland carbon cycling and an MSc in Environmental Forestry from Bangor University alongside and a BSc in Geology and Biology from the University of Bristol. She has held postdoctoral research positions investigating: biogeochemical regulation of forest responses to global change with the Environmental Futures Institute, Brisbane; long-term UK catchment carbon and nutrient cycling with The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; and land management in Wales with the Wales Environment Research Hub, Bangor University. She also has experience in the facilitation of science-policy interactions and the wider outreach of science into society. Hannah has a PGCE in Secondary Education, and enjoys the facilitation of learning and interaction with young inspiring individuals. With a passion to ensure science is fully utilised in the pursuit of global environmental and societal sustainability, Hannah is excited to join the highly successful NRN-LCEE network of environmental scientists and to ensure its effective legacy in science, political decision-making and societal outreach.

Jenny Dickinson

Financial & Administrative assistant

Email: jenny.dickinson@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248 382088

Jenny Dickinson joined the National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE) as the Finance and Administration Assistant at the beginning of 2015 and is based in Bangor University. Jenny has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Liverpool. She previously worked for CAST Ltd. as an Assistant Project Manager for their 3D Content Development Team who developed visualisations of new buildings, historical artifacts, landscapes and environmental schemes. Jenny then joined the European funded projects Inventorium and Imagina as a Project Coordinator - this varied role included the organisation of a series of cross-border Open Innovation events, marketing and general coordination of the projects and gave her a good understanding of the principles of Open Innovation. Within the NRN-LCEE Jenny is responsible for compiling the financial claims each quarter, she also supports the team with event organisation, publicity activities, budgeting and general administration. Jenny is currently studying for an AAT qualification to further develop her financial skills.


Serinde van Wijk

Project manager (Currently away from the office)



Serinde is a biologist by background and currently the project manager of the NRN-LCEE (currently away from office). After completing a 5-year degree in marine, theoretical and evolutionary biology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (cum laude pass), Serinde came to Bangor University to pursue a PhD in fisheries genetics. Her main driver in science has always been the wider applicability of research, and after successfully completing her PhD she decided not to become a specialist in a specific area, but rather I enjoys being involved with a wide diversity of environmental and biological research. Past responsibilities, including developing the impact component of the University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 submission have allowed her to gain a broad overview of research activities at Bangor University and created further enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and the impact of science. As project manager for the NRN-LCEE, Serinde enjoys broadening her scope to energy and environment research across Wales, and working with researchers across a range of disciplines, to help develop (training) opportunities and facilitate wider applications for new research.