David Tupman

David Tupman

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

I am looking at CO2 exchange between the air and ocean which has a massive impact on the climate models which feature so heavily in today’s news. I feel like I am contributing to something extremely important.

What has been the best part of studying at Leeds so far?

In my first 3 months, the other students and staff have been very welcoming – moving to a new city it was great to have a sociable and friendly crowd.

How would you describe the experience of being a PhD student?

You are required to motivate and push yourself completely independently; nobody is looking over your shoulder. If you enjoy the study area as I do, this way of working is much more rewarding than ‘clocking in and out’.

What are the academic facilities for students like?

In my experience so far they cannot be faulted. All the IT support, literature, and amenities have been completely adequate.

What kind of support do you get from your supervisor?

We meet for informal coffees whenever I need any guidance on where to direct my efforts. Lots of email exchanges for technical issues. My supervisor takes time to discuss things in depth with me and also ensures I am aware of all my admin commitments.

What do you like about the School of Earth and Environment?

All of the above!

Tell us about your career plans:

I am unsure of whether to go back into industry or try to remain in research.  It is too early to say.  Ideally, a job with a substantial element of fieldwork, which I tremendously enjoy the challenge of.

What do you do in your spare time?

Biking, Music, Travel. Spare time has decreased since starting the PhD!

Tell us what you think about the University as a whole as a place to study:

Leeds is an excellent city to study in. The main student residential areas are lively and fun and close to campus. Brilliant countryside is a very short distance away by train or even bicycle.