“There is a huge benefit in persistence and in many ways, but not always, persistence pays off.”
Occupation: Associate Professor of Meteorology and Deputy School Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Reading.
Academic Interests: Stratospheric dynamics and stratospheric climate.
Personal Interests: Boules
Childhood and Education
From his early childhood, Andrew Charlton-Perez has always had a natural curiosity about the world and been keen to understand why things happen the way they do. His initial interest in meteorology developed from the family hobby of bowls, since he was always wanting to know whether it was going to rain or not when he was playing. Andrew attended a mixed comprehensive school and was particularly drawn to the subjects of maths and physics, helped somewhat by the fact that his mum was a science teacher. As a teenager, Andrew lived in a single parent household in an area which was statistically in the lowest quintile of people going to university. But by his early teens Andrew had his heart set on studying meteorology at the University of Reading. Having completed his GCSE’s, he then moved to a different comprehensive in a nearby town where he successfully achieved his A-Levels. As he so desired, Andrew then came to Reading to study as an undergraduate on the BSc Meteorology and Climate course. There were initially times where he would find things difficult, but persistence, hard work and dedication led him to graduating with a degree. He then stayed on at Reading to do a PhD on stratospheric dynamics, during which time he published some of his first papers.
Following his PhD, in 2004 Andrew travelled to the U.S. and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, New York, for nearly two years. It was during this time that he published his most cited paper, focussing on sudden stratospheric warmings. Subsequently, Andrew went on to work at North West Research Associates near Seattle for a few months, before returning to Reading University Meteorology Department as a research staff member in 2006, where he had a NERC postdoctoral fellowship. On a previous visit to the U.S, Andrew met one of his most inspirational figures, James Holton, who contributed a huge amount of work to dynamical and stratospheric meteorology in particular. Andrew became a permanent staff member at Reading in 2008, when he was appointed to a lectureship. He was later promoted to associate professor in 2013. His field of study specialises in stratospheric dynamics and stratospheric climate, with a particular interest in how the stratosphere contributes to predictability on sub-seasonal to seasonal timescales. As part of his research, he works closely with SPARC, a strand of the World Climate Research Programme about tropospheric dynamics and stratospheric research. He has previously been involved in chairing and being on the committee of various sub-projects within SPARC. Up until recently, Andrew was director of the master’s programmes at Reading for four years. He has been heavily involved on the Teaching and Learning side and worked on the Curriculum Framework Project for six months in 2016. In October 2016, Andrew became the Deputy School Director of Teaching and Learning.
Awards and Achievements
- Awarded the L F Richardson Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society in 2008, recognising the work of young scientists at the start of their careers.
- Awarded the 2012/13 RUSU Gold Star Award for Personal Tutor of the Year.
- Awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2016/17 for individual excellence and contribution to the development of Teaching and Learning at the University of Reading.
- As a PhD student, Andrew was also chair of the bowls club which was a good experience but put demands on his time.
- Andrew wrote for the student newspaper when he was an undergraduate, and helped organise the departmental pantomime and sports as a PhD student.
- It took Andrew around 17 drafts before the paper he wrote during his post-doc was published, but it was definitely worth it as it is now his most cited paper.
For more about Andrew and his list of publications: http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/userpages/sws05ajc.php