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Biography

I graduated from Durham University with an MMath in 2013. After about in a year in industry working on a geometry system which underlies computer aided design software, I began a PhD at the University of Reading in 2015. As part of the space weather group inside the Meteorology depatrment, the focus of this work was to understand and predict the driving of magnetosphere-scale ULF waves by the solar wind in order to use in space weather models. I stayed on at Reading as a post-doctoral researcher in order to further this work and in 2020 joined Northumbria as a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow. In addition to continuing the various directions of my research, this provides me with the opportunity to develop my teaching and research proposal writing skills.

Due to my mixed backgrounds in space physics, meteorology, maths and geometry, I have a wide range of interests. My primary focus is still the prediction of ULF waves and the resulting radial diffusion in Earth's radiation belts. However, I am also investigating machine learning, optimisation and stochastic/probabilistic approaches to this problem, and how geometric structures combined with data assimilation can be used to efficiently model geomagnetic phenomena that underpin the co-ordinate systems used in space weather prediction.

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Research interests

I currently study the effect of ultra-low frequency (ULF) magnetospheric plasma waves on the Earth’s radiation belts, creating empirical models to characterise these waves and investigating the theory determining their interaction with radiation belt electrons. My two long-term goals relate to our understanding of these waves and their effects, and also to developing mathematical techniques to address some of the data analysis difficulties specific to space
physics (correlation, causality, observation sparsity). Together, these two goals represent some the current limits to space weather forecasting.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Reading

Award Date: 18 Jul 2019

Mathematics, Durham University

Award Date: 28 Jun 2013

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