Dr Neil Hart

Departmental Lecturer and Career Development Fellow


BSc (Hons), PhD (UCT)

Academic Background

Neil completed a PhD at the University of Cape Town in 2012, based in the Department of Oceanography. His dissertation explored tropical-extratropical interactions over southern Africa, quantifying their importance for regional rainfall and variability. His first postdoctoral position was in the Dept. of Meteorology, University of Reading. During this time worked on mesoscale dynamics and the predictability of extreme winds in extratropical cyclones. He joined the Climate Research Lab in the School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford in 2015 and took up a Departmental Lectureship in Physical Geography and Career Development Fellow in Christ Church in 2018.

Undergraduate Teaching

Neil contributes to teaching on the core Physical Geography papers in Prelims and Final Honours School.

Research Interests

Neil’s research focuses on understanding the processes from which regional weather and hydroclimate patterns emerge and studies the fidelity with which model simulations capture these processes. This includes work on extremes, variability, and future change. This research contributes to efforts to improve predictability of hydroclimates and understand where the pragmatic limits of predictability lie. Recent work focuses on the dramatic gains we are making through convective-permitting models, models which explicitly represent tropical thunderstorms.