Tom was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Climate Science in June, 2018. His previous appointments (since a PhD from Loughborough University in 2013) include lectureships at Liverpool John Moores University and Maynooth University - where he also held a position of postdoctoral researcher (in the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units – ICARUS).

Tom is a climate scientist with particular interests in the sensitivity of Earth systems to climate variability and change. Within this broad remit, his specific areas of expertise include glacier-climate interactions and extreme events – from mid-latitude storms to heatwaves and hurricanes. Much of his work in these fields aims to understand processes and the evolving societal challenges in the context of climate change. 

Tom primarily teaches in the area of climate science (atmospheric processes, hazards, etc.)

Selected publications

  • Matthews, T. (2018). Humid heat and climate change. Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment42(3), 391-405. doi:10.1177/0309133318776490
  • Mattthews, T., Murphy, C., McCarthy, G. D., Broderick, C., & Wilby, R. (2018). Super Storm Desmond: a process-based assessment. Environmental Research Letters. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa98c8
  • Murphy, C., Broderick, C., Burt, T. P., Curley, M., Duffy, C., Hall, J., . . . Wilby, R. L. (2018). A 305-year continuous monthly rainfall series for the island of Ireland (1711-2016). Climate of the Past14(3), 413-440. doi:10.5194/cp-14-413-2018
  • Matthews, T. K. R., Wilby, R. L., & Murphy, C. (2017). Communicating the deadly consequences of global warming for human heat stress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America114(15), 3861-3866. doi:10.1073/pnas.1617526114
  • Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Wilby, R. L., & Harrigan, S. (2014). Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK. Nature Climate Change4(9), 738-740. doi:10.1038/nclimate2336