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

'You' by Gavin Fry

Art Exhibition: 'Things Put Differently'

03/06/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Things Put Differently' featuring Gavin Fry and works by Anthony Green and Mary Cozens-Walker.

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WolfWorks: Writing for Publication

03/06/2023 at 10.00

Thinking about submitting an article to a journal or turning your PhD thesis into a book?

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Art Exhibition: 'Patterns of Renewal'

03/06/2023 at 10.00

We're delighted to be the first to display Gurpran Rau's latest exhibition 'Patterns of Renewal', featuring a series of paintings created during lockdown inspired by her walks in the woods of Cambridgeshire.

A poster for the publicity of the event Solutions to Plastic Pollution. The event details are shown on a blue-ash green background in both white and black text. To the right is an image of a plastic water bottle and a recycling sign on the front of it.

Solutions to Plastic Pollution

05/06/2023 at 17.00

Join us on the 50th World Environment Day for an engaging panel discussion and keynote speech on solutions to plastic pollution.