Jon completed his BA in Mathematics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford before spending some time working in the IT sector. After spending three months hiking in the USA on sabbatical, he returned to the UK where he earned a Distinction in a MSc in Hydrology and Water Resource Management at Imperial College London. Focussing on environmental hydrology, his dissertation modelled the impact of elevated atmospheric CO2 on hydrological processes in a mature oak forest. His PhD research at UNSW will be similar, this time investigating the response of grasslands to climate change.