Senior Lecturer (Physics and Astronomy)
I am Convenor of the Taught Masters degree programmes offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy. Contact me if you would like to know more.
Current teaching responsibilities include:
- Astronomy 1 tutorials
- Introduction to Cosmology (Astronomy 1)
- Cosmology I (Astronomy 345)
- Heliophysics and Stellar Atmospheres II (Astronomy 345)
- Stellar Structure and Evolution II (Astronomy 345)
- Student supervision (Astronomy 2, Astronomy 345)
- Numerical Methods (Physics 3/4)
- The Sun’s Atmosphere (Taught Masters and SUPA Postgraduate Research Students)
My primary research interests are in understanding complex processes in the Sun’s atmosphere which affect Space Weather, using radiative transfer modelling, spectral diagnostics, and image processing techniques.
I am particularly interested in solar prominences (particularly spectroscopic diagnostics and radiative transfer models) and in solar flares (particularly observations and models of the chromosphere in flares).
A list of refereed publications can be consulted on this site, as well as on ADS. Some of my publications are also available on arxiv (including publications in educational research). Check out my ResearcherID profile for another way of looking at the same piece of information.
I am also responsible for coordinating the activities of the Solar Simulations for the Atacama Large Millimeter Observatory Network “Prominences” experts team.
I am a member of the Organising Committee of Commission E1 (Solar Radiation and Structure) of the International Astronomical Union.
I am also a member of the Space Glasgow Research Cluster.
PhD students supervised:
Aaron Peat (1st supervisor, October 2018-)
Andrew Rodger (1st supervisor, October 2015-)
Stephen Brown (2nd supervisor, October 2014 – September 2018)
Peter Levens (1st supervisor, October 2013 – September 2017)
Graham Kerr (2nd supervisor, October 2012 – September 2016)
Gerrard Brown (1st supervisor, October 2011 – September 2015)
In addition, I have a strong interest in educational research, particularly on student transitions and student engagement.
I am currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Senior Fellow of the University of Glasgow’s Recognising Excellence in Teaching scheme. I am also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Since August 2015 I am a member of the Committee of the Institute of Physics in Scotland.
In November 2017 I became Chair of the Institute of Physics (IOP) Higher Education Group. I also joined the team of assessors for the IOP Degree Accreditation Committee, and I do various other things for IOP to promote Physics and Higher Education in general.
I have created a new Café Scientifique, which has the particularity of being held entirely in French. Events take place either in Glasgow or in Edinburgh. It’s fun, it’s informative, so feel free to like us and say “salut”!
I am also happy to give talks for audiences at various levels (including schools) on a variety of topics in solar physics in particular and astronomy in general. I will even do them in English!
Previous departmental responsibilities
In the past, I have been Deputy Class Head for Exploring the Cosmos 1, Class Head of Exploring the Cosmos 2, Deputy Lab Head for Astronomy 1, Lab Head of Astronomy 2, and MSc Project coordinator.
Past teaching responsibilities include:
- Solar System I (Exploring the Cosmos 1X)
- Life and Death of Stars I (Exploring the Cosmos 1Y)
- Solar System Physics 1 (Astronomy 1)
- Laboratory (Astronomy 1)
- Theoretical Astrophysics (Astronomy 2)
- Laboratory (Astronomy 2)
- Laboratory (Astronomy 345)
- Matter in the Universe (Exploring the Cosmos 2)
- Research Skills (Taught Masters)
Between 2016-2018 I led the ISSI International Team on “Solving the prominence paradox”. The goal of this International Team was to test new ideas and develop new models to explain 1) how the motions observed in prominences (above the solar limb) and filaments (on the solar disk) fit with our current understanding of the magnetic field structure, and 2) how these motions are related to the photospheric dynamics.
Between 2009 and 2011, I led the International Team on “Solar Prominence Formation and Equilibrium: New Data, New Models” of the International Space Science Institute. Click on the link if you want to learn about our activities and published papers.
In 2007-2009 I led the International Team on “Spectroscopy and Imaging of Quiescent and Eruptive Solar Prominences from Space”. We published two review papers on the Physics of Solar Prominences: Spectral Diagnostics and Non-LTE Modelling, and Magnetic Structure and Dynamics.
I maintain a modest compilation of useful links.
Tel: +44 141 330 3817
If you read this page…
… and your thirst for knowledge has not been extinguished yet, you can also take a look at the departmental webpage! Alternatively, my Curriculum Vitae (PDF) gives more details, including a full list of publications.