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Welcome! I am a Reader (Associate Professor) in Solar Physics at Northumbria University. I am a member of the Solar Physics research group (alternatively here) and I am based within the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering.
I am primarily interested in magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), specifically in the behaviour of MHD waves in inhomogeneous media, with application to the solar atmosphere and astrophysical processes. Most of my time is spent on research, but I am also involved in undergraduate lecturing and public engagement activities.
I am an Ordinary Council Member of the UKSP Council which represents the UK Solar Physics community, see here for details.
Below are details of my career and research interests to date, along with my contact details and links to my publications.
List of Publications
Research Excellence Framework 2014
I was the Unit of Assessment lead for the B10 Mathematical Sciences REF2014 submission at Northumbria University. This role involved setting overall research strategy for the Unit, assessing and developing staff outputs and esteem factors, frequent discussions with Executive Dean, Associate Dean (Research), other UoA leads and University-level REF Advisory Group, dealing with confidential/sensitive documentation, and advising and supporting staff (including multiple Early Career Researchers) with regards to the strategic nature of the submission.
Research Visits & Conference Contributions
21 invited seminars/lectures - 32 contributed talks - 11 Poster presentations.
Multi-satellite Joint Observing Programme
I have led a multi-spacecraft, multi-instrument, international observing campaign to investigate solar plumes, involving the collaboration of seven space-based instruments. The observing programme is entitled: “Multi-wavelength Observations of Oscillations in Polar Plumes”. The details can be found under:
In general, I am interested in:
I have always found contributing to the public understanding of science an important and enjoyable part of my work.