Staff Profile of Dr Sam Oliver

Dr. Sam Oliver
Physiology Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of School, Impact and Engagement
(01248) 38 3965
Room 111, George Building, Normal Site

Video Profile

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Professional Qualifications

PhD Exercise Physiology; MSc Applied Exercise Physiology; BSc (Hons) Sports Science; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I gained my PhD in 2007 studying the influence of nutritional deficiencies on human health and performance. Funded by the Ministry of Defence, the findings had implications for soldier training and performance. Since 2007 I have been a physiology lecturer at Bangor University. I am part of the Extremes Research Group ( 

Teaching Modules

Research Skills (JXH1001); Environmental Physiology (JXH3039); Research Project (JXH3001); Dissertation (JXH3053).

Research Areas

My research focuses on how extreme environments (e.g. altitude, heat, cold, dehydration, nutrient restriction and sleep loss) affect how human performance and health. This research is completed in our state-of-the-art environmental chambers and the great outdoors. Indeed, we have just returned from a medical research expedition to the Himalayas (Press here for more information). For more information about current and previous research projects please visit the Extremes Research Group website (

Recent Publications

  • Oliver SJ, Harper-Smith AD, Costa RJS, Bilzon, JLJ, Walsh NP. Two nights sleep deprivation with or without energy restriction does not impair cold thermoregulation. Eur J Appl Physiol 2015.
  • Arnold JT, Oliver SJ, Lewis-Jones TM, Wylie L, Macdonald JH. Beetroot does not enhance 10 km running performance in simulated altitude. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab, 2015; Feb 4:1-6.
  • Fortes MB, Owen JA, Raymond-Barker PC, Bishop C, Elgenzai S, Oliver SJ, Walsh NP.  Is this elderly patient dehydrated? Diagnostic accuracy of hydration assessment using physical signs, urine and saliva markers. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 2015; 16(3): 221-8.
  • Lawley JS, Alperin N, Bagci A, Lee SH, Mullins PG, Oliver SJ, Macdonald JH. Normobaric hypoxia and symptoms of acute mountain sickness: Elevated brain volume and intracranial hypertension. Ann Neurol, 2014; 75(6): 890

All Sam's publications can be found here.

Peer Reviews

I review articles for many journals like Journal of Sports Science; Journal of Applied Physiology; International Journal of Sports Medicine; International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance; Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism; European Journal of Applied Physiology; Nutrition; British Journal of Nutrition.


I have provided physiological testing and training advice to several national and international athletes (GB Speed Skaters) and scientific support for expeditions, for example, Nansen’s Endeavour, which was the first successful crossing of Greenland unsupported on foot. I also contribute to TV and magazines like the BBC and Runners World.

Hobbies and Interests

Surfing, biking, climbing and mountaineering. One of the best things about living and working in Bangor is being able to get out and enjoy all these sports!