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    • Causes of hyperthermia induced physical and mental fatigue.
    • Enhancing physical and mental operational capacity in thermally stressful occupations.
    • Development and implementation of cooling strategies to enhance human performance.
    • Passive and exertional heat stress in clinical populations.
    • The effects of chronic heat stress in thermally stressful occupations.
    • Physiological and psychological determinants of occupational and sport performance.


    My research has primarily focussed on improving work and exercise performance in extreme environmental conditions. I have acted as the principle investigator or co-researcher on numerous research projects assessing human performance in both occupational and sport settings for organisations such as such as Gore-tex®, European Union, Decathlon, Ministry of Defence and UK Sport/English Institute of Sport. Research has included: (1)  characterising the impact of heat stress on human performance (i.e. physiological, perceptual and cognitive responses) in both occupational and sport settings; (2) assessing thermal strain in personal protective equipment and sport clothing; (3) assessing the performance of cooling interventions designed to attenuate levels of heat strain and thermal perception; (4) predicting core temperature from indirect measures incorporated into ‘smart’ clothing; (5) validating methods to assess thermal perceptions; (6) assessment of nutritional strategies to enhance human performance in extreme environmental conditions.

    In addition, whilst working at the English Institute of Sport and GB rowing I was the principle investigator of an extensive research project characterising the physiological and psychological development of talented rowers and how best to enhance, promote and support athlete development.

    I have also provided physiological support in the form of physiological testing, monitoring of training, heat and altitude acclimation, and education for several recreational/national class athletes (including athletes preparing for ultra-endurance events such as the Marathon des Sables) and sport teams such as GB Rowing, British Cycling, British Swimming and England Athletics.


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