João Rodrigues

Dr João Rodrigues


Joao is a physicist with a PhD in Particle Physics. When he moved to Cambridge he changed his main topic of research to Physics of the Polar Oceans and Arctic Climate. Currently, he teaches Physics and Mathematics for the Natural Sciences and Mathematical Tripos of the University.

João Rodrigues

Joao obtained his BSc in Physics at the University of Lisbon, followed by an MSc in High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics and Instrumentation at the Technical University of Lisbon, with a dissertation on The Spontaneous Breaking of the Chiral Symmetry in Hadronic Physics. He concluded his PhD in Physics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, with a thesis on Modelling Quark and Gluon Correlation Functions.

Having studied the structure of the nucleons in the first part of his academic career, Joao started studying the Climate of the Polar Regions when he moved to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge in 2002. His main topic of research was the thickness of the sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean and how it has been decreasing in the past few decades due to global warming. The study was mostly performing analysing data collected by satellites and British and American submarines cruising in the Arctic beneath the sea ice. 

Currently, Joao is mostly teaching and supervising several undergraduate courses in Physics and Mathematics at several Colleges of the University of Cambridge. 

What's on

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Open Call: Wolf Words Poetry Anthology 2024

27/11/2023 at 09.00

We are excited to launch an open call for the second edition of our Wolf Words Poetry Anthology; this year our theme is Wild. 

WRE 2023 - an audience member asking a question

Writing an abstract workshop

30/11/2023 at 19.00

This workshop is organised to help students prepare to be part of the Wolfson Research Event 2024.


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A Duty to Repair?

01/12/2023 at 18.00

How can you introduce protection of the environment into consumer contract law when this is detrimental to the protection of the consumer?

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Art Exhibition: 'How It Is'

02/12/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'How It Is' featuring work by the influential British artist Tim Head.

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Entrepreneurship Workshop for Students

02/12/2023 at 13.00

An interactive session during which students can gain insight into the sphere of entrepreneurship.