Professor of Planetary Plasma Physics, University of Leicester

Following the successful completion of my four-year degree, I obtained a PhD place and began studying the magnetosphere of Jupiter under the excellent supervision and guidance of Professor Stan Cowley. I was awarded her PhD in 2001 for her thesis entitled “Large-scale current systems in the Jovian Magnetosphere”. In 2003 I was awarded a PPARC Post-doctoral Fellowship to study Saturn’s magnetosphere, I was then appointed to the Department’s lecturing staff in 2005, and have enjoyed teaching undergraduates ever since. In 2009 I was promoted to Reader, and in 2013 I was promoted to Professor. To date, I have published ~75 papers in the scientific literature and my work has received national and international recognition. I won the Royal Astronomical Society’s prize for best PhD thesis (2002), the Prix Baron Nicolet award for Space Physics (2003), the European Geophysical Union’s Young Talents in Geoscience award (2005). I gave the RAS Sir Harold Jeffrey’s Lecture in 2009, and was awarded a Philip Leverhulme prize for “Astronomy and Astrophysics” in 2011. I regularly give public talks on "solar system" topics such as "The Cassini Mission to Saturn", "Oceans, Ices, and Fire: The Mysterious Moons of Jupiter", and "Auroral Processes at the Outer Planets".

Experience

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    Professor of Planetary Plasma Physics, University of Leicester