Peter Liss - Curriculum Vitae#

Work Address:

School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK
Tel. +44 (0)1603 592563
Fax. +44 (0)1603 507714

  • 1961-1964 University College, Durham University, B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry and Physics.
  • 1964-1967 Marine Science Laboratories, University of Wales, Ph.D. Thesis entitled “The Chemistry of Silicon in Sea Water”.

  • 1967-1969 N.E.R.C. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Oceanography, Southampton University. Research on processes controlling the exchange of gases across the air-sea interface
  • 1969-1977, Lecturer; 1977-1985, Reader; 1985-present, Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • Summers 1972 and 1973 Visiting research scientist Scripps Institution, UCSD, U.S.A.
  • January-June 1975 Visiting research scientist Ocean Chemistry Laboratories, Department of the Environment, Victoria, B.C., Canada
  • June-December 1977 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.
  • 1979-1983 Half-time Scientific Advisor, Environmental Studies Section, U.K. Central Electricity Generating Board, London
  • September-October 1982 Visiting Scientist CSIRO Atmospheric Science Division, Aspendale, Australia
  • Summers 1989 and 1990 Visiting Scientist, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, U.S.A.
  • Acting Director, Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, 2009-2010


Royal Society:
  • Chair, Global Environmental Research Committee
  • Environmental, Climate and Marine Advisory Networks
  • Member, Working Groups on Ocean Acidification and Ground-level Ozone in the 21st century
  • National Committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
  • Member Organising Group for Royal Society Discussion meetings on “Tracers in the Ocean”, May 1987; “Understanding the North Sea System”, November 1992; “Atmospheric Chemistry of Sulphur in Relation to Aerosols, Clouds and Climate”, July 1996; and “Greenhouse Gases in the Earth System: Setting the Agenda to 2030”, February 2010
  • Co-organiser of Royal Society/NERC Discussion Meeting on “Future Chemical Changes to the Atmosphere”, February 2004

Natural Environment Research Council:
  • Member of Council (1990-1995)
  • Chair, Marine Sciences Committee and Marine Science and Technology Board
  • Atmospheric Sciences Committee and Atmospheric Sciences Science and Technology Board, Resources and Strategy Committee
  • Co-Director Earth System Science Summer School (began 2001)
  • Member of Steering Committees for NERC Special Topics/Directed Programmes in Estuarine Processes, Atmospheric Chemistry, North Sea Community Research Programme, Atmospheric Chemistry Studies in the Oceanic Environment (ACSOE), Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS)
  • Member British Antarctic Survey Integrated Review Committee
  • Chair, Earth System Science Strategy Group (2006-7)
  • Member, Advisory Board National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
  • Chair, Oceans 2025 Advisory Board and Chair NOC Associates Board

Marine Biological Association of the UK:
  • Member of the Council (3 terms)

British Council:
  • Member Science, Engineering and Environment Advisory Committee

Inter-Agency Committees:
  • Marine Science and Technology, Independent Member
  • Global Environmental Change, Chairs of Biogeochemical Dynamics Working Group and Expert Panel on UK Strategy for Global Environmental Research
  • Chair, Global Environmental Change Committee – Coordination and Agenda Sub-group (2007-)

Challenger Society:
  • President (2006-2008)
  • Chair, UK Oceanography 1988

Higher Education Funding Council’s Research Assessment Exercise, Panel for Earth and Environmental Sciences:
  • Member 1992 and 1996
  • Chair 2001

Science Council:
  • Member of Council (representing President of IMarEST)

Department of the Environment:
  • Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (1985-1991)

  • Expert Witness and Advisor to various House of Commons/Lords Science and Technology Select Committees
  • Member MoD Expert Panel on Sustaining Scientific Excellence at the Meteorological Office
  • Commissioner, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2005-)


International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (of ICSU):

  • Chair, Scientific Committee (1993-1997)
  • Treasurer, Scientific Committee (1990-1993)
  • Co-Chair Planning Committee for Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS); appointed Chair of Scientific Steering Committee (2001-2007)
  • Scientific Steering Committee for International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project (IGAC)

Other ICSU:
  • Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (of IAMAS)
  • Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), Member of Working Groups on The Ocean as a Source and Sink for Atmospheric Constituents (No. 72) and Oceanic CO2 Measurements (No. 75)
  • Scientific Committee for International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP)
  • Joint Scientific Committee for World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

NATO Science Committee:
  • Co-Director of Advanced Study Institute on Air-Sea Exchange of Gases and Particles (1982)

U.S. National Science Foundation:
  • Principal Investigator on Sea-Air Exchange (SEAREX) Program
  • Member various review/evaluation committees

  • Member of the Council of the European Environmental Research Organisation
  • Member International Advisory Committee for Kiel Oceanographic Institute and Max-Planck Environmental Institutes in Hamburg, Mainz and Jena
  • Co-ordinator for EUROTRAC sub-project ‘Air-Sea Exchange’ (ASE)
  • Chair, European Research Council Earth System Science Advanced Grants awards committee
  • Chair, COST Action 735

Editorial Boards:
  • Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Tellus B
  • Journal of Environmental Monitoring
  • Aquatic Sciences
  • Global Environmental Research
  • Indian Journal of Marine Sciences
  • Environmental Research Letters

  • Fellow of the Royal Society (2008)
  • Commander of the British Empire (CBE, 2008)
  • Royal Society, John Murray Travelling Studentship (1972)
  • Guest Professor, Ocean University of Qingdao, China
  • 1st Recipient Challenger Society Medal (2000)
  • Plymouth Marine Sciences Medallist (1992)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry Distinguished Lecturer (2002)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, John Jeyes Medallist and Lecturer (2003)
  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
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