Lee is a marine ecosystem modeller with an interest in the development, evaluation and validation of global scale models. Lee leads the marine model evaluation toolkit development for the UK Earth System Model (UKESM), the UK's contribution to the sixth Climate Model Inter-comparison project (CMIP6), which will feed into the next round of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.
As a member of the UK Ocean Biogeochemistry Network Model Inter-comparison Experiment, iMarNet, Lee coupled the ERSEM model to NEMO in the global settings to allow the comparison of UK biogeochemical models coupled with the same underlying physics. This model run was used as the basic for his work on the use of emergent properties to validate ecosystem models.
Lee has also contributed to a range of shorter projects. He analysed of the impact of leaks in potential carbon capture and storage sites in the North Sea. He produced a correlation matrix of an 100 member ERSEM ensemble model run in the North Atlantic domain, which was used as a tool in data assimilation work.
Outside of his modelling work, Lee has also contributed to the data collection, analysis and outreach of PML's surfing science project, where surfers are used to collect scientific data on the near shore environment.
Before joining the modelling group in July 2011, Lee acquired a PhD from University of Lancaster in High Energy Experimental Particle physics, where he worked on flavour tagging and lifetime measurements of beauty hadrons in the ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Outside of work, Lee has an interests in music, luthiery, snowboarding, surfing , travelling, veganism and sustainability.