I am an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow at Queen's University Belfast, and I work within the quickly expanding Solar Physics group. Upon completion of my PhD, I was employed as the “ROSA Instrument Scientist”, and was part of the team responsible for assembling, testing and commissioning the ROSA instrument at the National Solar Observatory, Sacramento Peak, USA. Following my previous appointments as an STFC Post-Doctoral Fellow (QUB; 2009-2012) and a Marie Curie Fellow (KU Leuven, Belgium; 2012-2013) I have moved back to QUB to hold an advanced STFC Fellowship until 2018.
My main studies of the Sun concern its lower atmosphere which can be seen in optical wavelengths. I am predominantly interested in how the Sun's energy travels through its atmosphere, both in the form of flares and waves. To study this, I utilize a wide range of instruments, including the Queen's University developed ROSA camera system, as well as the Royal Society funded Hydrogen-Alpha Rapid Dynamics camera (HARDcam), of which I am the Principal Investigator.
During my research career I have also supervised many successful PhD students within the Solar Physics group, including: