Oceanographer, spanning physical, chemical and biological disciplines, with a focus on the shelf edge and seas, oxygen depletion, and the use of autonomous underwater vehicles.

Academic Positions

  • Current 2017

    Research Fellow

    University of East Anglia

    COMPASS: Climate-relevant Ocean Measurements and Processes on the Antarctic continental Shelf and Slope.

    (ERC Advanced Grant, PI: Heywood)


    AlterEco: An Alternative Framework to Assess Marine Ecosystem Functioning in Shelf Seas.

    (NERC, PI: M. Palmer, National Oceanography Centre Liverpool)

    Community efforts

    SOOS Amundsen-Bellingshausen RWG Chair and Ex-Officio Steering Committee member.

    EuroGOOS Glider representative for Cefas and UEA (CCSUS)

  • 2016 2015

    NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow

    Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)

    Implementing smart autonomous instrumentation.

    (NERC Grant NE/N012658/1)

  • 2017 2013

    Senior Research Associate

    University of East Anglia, with Sultan Qaboos University (Muscat, Oman)

    Exploring the potential of ocean gliders: a pirate-proof technique to illuminate mesoscale physical-biological interactions off the coast of Oman.

    (Grants: ONR Global N62909-14-1-N224, NERC NE/M005801/1, SQU EG/AGR/FISH/14/01)

    University of East Anglia

    Gliders: Excellent New Tools for Observing the Ocean (GENTOO).

    (NERC Grant NE/H01439X/1)

    University of East Anglia

    Gliders for Research Ocean Observation and Management (GROOM)

    (European Framework 7 Project)

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2014

    Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography

    Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS)

    at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

    and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)

  • M.Sc.2009

    M.Sc. w/ Dist. in Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

    Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

  • B.Sc.2008

    B.Sc. Hons. in Aquaculture

    University of Stirling, Stirling, UK

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2019
    Lead of the 2019 ITGC-TARSAN field component
    TARSAN lead and co-chief scientist on the NBP19-02 campaign in the Amundsen Sea.
  • 2019
    SOOS Amundsen and Bellingshausen Sea regional working group chair
  • 2018
    Lead consultant: MASSMO5
    Consultant team leader to deliver on Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations 5.
  • 2018
    UEA Media Star Award
    Awarded the UEA Media Star award as a result of the public impact of the Queste et al. (2018) GRL paper.
  • 2017
    EuroGOOS task team leader for Cefas and UEA.
    Appointed glider task team lead for the Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas (CCSUS; https://www.uea.ac.uk/ccsus) for Cefas and UEA.
  • 2016
    NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Interview (Not awarded)
    The Unified Glider Toolbox: Enabling stakeholder access to smart autonomous instrumentation.
  • 2016
    NERC Independent Research Fellowship Interview (Not awarded)
    GOGO:GADGET - Glider Observations in the Gulf of Oman: Generation of Anoxia, Dynamics of Geobiochemical Exchanges and Transport.
  • 2015
    Liquid Robotics Thinkable.org Challenge
    Understanding and predicting dead zones in the South China Sea (Equipment rental equivalent to USD 120 000)
  • 2014
    Co-investigator grant: NERC International Opportunities Fund
    Exploring the potential of ocean gliders: a pirate-proof technique to illuminate mesoscale physical-biological interactions off the coast of Oman (NERC �49 860)
  • 2012
    Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    High resolution krill dynamics at South Georgia; a pilot study using a Seaglider (invited for resubmission)
  • 2010
    Antarctic Science Ltd.
    Influence of primary productivity and carbon export on dissolved oxygen in the Ross Shelf Sea. (�4 960)
  • 2009
    Roberts Travel Award
    Registration and travel for National Centre for Atmospheric Science Earth System Science Spring School.
  • 2009
    CASE Studentship
    UK Natural Environment Research Council - CASE Studentship, University of East Anglia and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science.