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- Senior Lecturer
- Dept of Physics & Astronomy
- Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
I graduated with a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford (Somerville College) in 1984. My PhD is from UCL (1991), and I continued as a post-doc in the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory. I have been running the group's ground-based optical programme since 1995. My work is divided between research and teaching in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Currently I am a member of the NERC Peer Review College and have been a member of several NERC moderating panels over the last few years since the ground-based observational component of the UK's Solar-Terrestrial Physics research community was transferred from PPARC/STFC to NERC. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and member of the American Geophysical Union.
My main area of interest is the observation of the thermosphere using Fabry-Perot Interferometers, and in particular the investigation of small-scale structure and the energetics and dynamics of ionosphere-thermosphere coupling in the auroral regions. The Atmospheric Physics Laboratory operates FPIs and an all-sky FPI called SCANDI at 3 sites in the arctic regions of Scandinavia (Longyearbyen, Svalbard; Kiruna, Sweden; Sodankyla, Finland). These instruments were designed and built by the group and we aim to visit each one once every winter to perform routine calibration and maintenance. We operate the FPIs remotely from UCL throughout the long winter nights to observe auroral and airglow emissions. We have provided ground support observations for rocket experiments, and run coordinated experiments with the EISCAT radars and other instruments in that region, as well as providing observational comparisons with the APL's Earth atmospheric global circulation model - the Coupled Middle Atmosphere and Thermosphere (CMAT2) model.
Teaching-wise I coordinated the 2nd year undergraduate laboratories for 3 years and then the 3rd year undergraduate laboratories for 2 years, and have lectured undergraduate courses on Waves, Electricity and Magnetism; Physics of the Solar System. I took on the 2nd year Electricity and Magnetism course from October 2011 in addition to coordinating the 4th year Astronomy projects. Additionally I am a personal tutor to 9 students, supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects and give problem classes. I am on the Departmental Teaching Committee for Physics and Astronomy as the Astrophysics representative. I have also taken on work experience students from schools, including supervising longer term summer projects with Nuffield students.
|1991||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy – Atmospheric Physics||University College London|
|1984||BA Hons||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Physics||University of Oxford|