Dr Sarah Dennis


I am currently employed on 2 different research projects in the role of Coordinator. I also am employed by the Faculty to help with the Athena Swan application from the Faculty of Environment to Silver level in April 2019. 

UK-China CZO programme Coordinator

In my current role I coordinate, on behalf of NERC, a joint 5 project research programme with China which includes reporting to NERC; acting as communication channels across the 5 projects, the PI’s and between those and NERC; keeping an overview of the entire programme objectives, progress and a continuation bid that includes all 5 projects.

Horizon 2020 ThinkNature TaskForce 3 Coordinator

In this role I manage the taskforce which consists of 12 EU projects. I plan and coordinate monthly taskforce calls to enable them to meet the aims and objectives of the taskforce and act as communication channel between the overarching ThinkNature project and the Taskforce members. 


  • UK- China Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) programme Coordinator
  • ThinkNature Horizon 2020 Coordinator

Research interests

Sarah is primarily an observational scientist with her main research interests within the marine boundary layer turbulent fluxes and in particular the production sea spray aerosol. She has extensive experience in the field having worked on both land based and ship based campaigns all over the world from the central Arctic Ocean to the Antarctic Peninsula. 

Sarah obtained a PhD in Sea Spray Aerosol at the University of Leeds in 2006, she was working on the development of the CLASP instrument which is now used to measure high temporal resolution aerosol particle number size and concentration. Since gaining her PhD she continued to be an important member of the Air-Sea Interaction team at the University of Leeds as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant until 2016. 

  • Meteorology
  • Air – Sea interaction - transfer of particles and gases particularly Sea Spray aerosols
  • Ocean surface properties such as bubbles, whitecaps, wave breaking and currents.
  • Eddy covariance flux measurements
  • Micrometeorology
  • Aerosol instrumentation development and deployment in the field

Sarah has taught on Leeds University undergraduate field work courses including instrument set up, data collection and data analysis. She has also taught on an introduction to Matlab course for post-graduate students.

Sarah has been involved in many school outreach projects like the Science Festival and going to schools for careers events. She has been invited to present her research at a number of public events including Saltire Festival and Royal Meteorology Society Yorkshire Centre.

Sarah has good experience of talking to the media and communicating science to the general public. She has made a number of radio appearances including BBC radio York and radio Sheffield. She has appeared on BBC Inside Out discussing storm chasing and severe weather in the UK and more recently was filming a weather section for a new BBC world TV show Motorheads to be aired later in 2016.


  • BSc, Meteorology, University of Reading
  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • Member of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Academic Representative on the Membership Development GroupĀ  at the Royal Meteorological Society.

Research groups and institutes

  • Cohen Geochemistry
  • Earth Surface Science Institute