People

In addition to the CPS members listed below, the current CPS Board members are:

Add @ucl.ac.uk to all email addresses, unless stated otherwise.

Academic Staff


Name and Position Research Interests
Department
Email
Dr. Nick Achilleos Dr. Nick Achilleos, Reader in Physics and Astronomy
Modelling and observation of the ionospheres and magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn; Solar Wind - Atmosphere Interaction (non-magnetized planets);  Solar Wind - Magnetosphere Interaction (magnetized planets). Physics and Astronomy, UCL
nicholas.achilleos
Prof. Dario Alfe Prof. Dario Alfe, Professor of Physics
Condensed Matter Physics / Mineral Physics Earth Sciences, UCL
d.alfe
Dr. Anusuya Aruliah Dr. Anasuya Aruliah, Senior Lecturer
Thermosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere interactions; 
Fabry-Perot Interferometers and all-sky interferometers;
Neutral wind dynamo;  Meso-scale structure and dynamics in the high-latitude upper atmosphere.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL a.aruliah
Prof. Alan Alyward Prof. Alan Aylward, Reader, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Physics, Head of Atmospheric Physics Laboratory (Terrestrial) thermospheric and ionospheric physics;
Incoherent Scatter Radar;
Planetary upper atmospheres and ionospheres; Modelling of terrestrial and planetary atmospheres.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL a.aylward
Dr. Paul Bown Prof. Paul Bown, Professor of Micropalaentology Various aspects of calcareous nannoplankton which have an abundant and long fossil record and are principally used in sediment dating/correlation and palaeoceanography, with more recent applications in palaeobiology, evolution and biomineralisation studies. Earth Sciences, UCL p.bown
Prof. Donald Braben Prof. Donald Braben, Honorary Professor
  Earth Sciences, UCL d.braben
Prof. Graziella Branduardi-Raymont Prof. Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, Professor of Space Astronomy
Planets; X-ray spectroscopy; Space missions; Instrumentation. Astrophysics, MSSL, UCL g.branduardi-raymont
Dr. Charlie Bristow Dr. Charlie Bristow, Head of Dept. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck Sedimentology Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck
c.bristow
Prof. John Brodholt Prof. John Brodholt, Professor of Mineral Physics
Geophysics and Mineral Physic. Earth Sciences, UCL j.brodholt
Prof. Andrew Coates Prof. Andrew Coates, Professor of Physics, Co-Director (Solar System) and Head of Planetary Science, MSSL Planetary magnetospheres; Plasma interaction with comets, Mars, Venus, Titan, Enceladus; Planetary surface imaging; Space weather.
Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL
a.coates
Prof. Ian Crawford Prof. Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology Lunar Science; Planetary Exploration; Astrobiology.
Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck i.crawford{at}bbk.ac.uk
Dr. Francisco Diego Dr. Francisco Diego, Senior Research Fellow, University of London Observatory Public outreach; Optical instrumentation.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL fd{at}star.ucl.ac.uk
Prof. David Dobson Prof. David Dobson, Reader of Earth Materials
High-pressure experiments on deep Earth materials; Synthesis and properties of new Fe-alloy phases relevant to the core; Transport properties of mantle mineral rocks and minerals; Deep seismicity. Earth Sciences, UCL d.dobson
Prof. Hilary Downes Prof. Hilary Downes, Professor of Geochemistry Origin and evolution of the Earth’s continental lower crust and the lithospheric upper mantle. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck h.downes
Dr. Jay Farihi Dr. Jay Farihi, Lecturer in Astrophysics
Exoplanets; Disks, planets, and asteroids in evolved stellar systems.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL
j.farihi
Prof. Andrew Fazakerley Prof. Andrew Fazakerley, Professor of Space Plasma Physics
Space Plasma Physics/Magnetospheric Physics; Investigating magnetospheric phenomena using co-ordinated multi-spacecraft datasets; Inter-experiment in-flight cross-calibration. Space Plasma Physics, MSSL, UCL anf{at}mssl.ucl.ac.uk
Dr. Kevin Fong Dr. Kevin Fong, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Physiology Extreme environment physiology; Long-duration human space flight; Aerospace medicine.
Centre for Anaethesia, UCL k.fong
Dr. A. Dominic Fortes Dr. A. Dominic Fortes, Lecturer in Planetary Science
Icy satellites of the Gas Giant planets and their constituent ice and hydrate phases.
Earth Sciences, UCL / Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck andrew.fortes
  Dr. Steve Fossey, Teaching Fellow in Astronomy, University of London Observatory
Extrasolar planets;
Interstellar medium;
Molecular astrophysics;
Diffuse Interstellar Bands.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL sjf{at}ulo.ucl.ac.uk
Dr. Peter Grindrod Dr. Peter Grindrod, Lecturer in Planetary Science Surface-atmosphere exchange and the history of water on Mars. 
Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck
p.grindrod
Prof. Louise Harra

Prof. Louise Harra, Professor of Solar Physics


The trigger for solar flares and coronal mass ejections;
The formation of the solar wind; The Sun-Earth connection.
Solar Physics, MSSL, UCL l.harra
Dr. Karen Hudson-Edwards Dr. Karen Hudson-Edwards, Reader in Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy Processes and products of the biogeochemical cycling of contaminants and nutrients in mine wastes, waters, dusts and contaminated land. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck k.hudson-edwards{at}bbk.ac.uk
Dr. Adrian Jones Dr. Adrian P. Jones, Reader in Petrology
Igneous Petrology Earth Sciences, UCL
adrian.jones
Dr. Geraint Jones Dr. Geraint Jones, Lecturer in Planetary Science
Planetary magnetospheres and interactions with rings and moons; Cometary science; Heliospheric physics.
Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL g.h.jones
Dr. Nick Lane Dr. Nick Lane, Reader in Evolutionary Biochemistry Evolutionary biochemistry and bioenergetics. Genetics, Evolution & Environment, Div. of Biosciences, UCL
nick.lane
Dr. Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni Prof. Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, Professor of Earth Sciences 
Geophysics and Geodynamics: the connection between the dynamics of Earth's interior and their surface expression, including the influence of dynamics on surface deformation and topography. Earth Sciences, UCL c.lithgow-bertelloni
Prof. Steve Miller Prof. Steve Miller, Professor of Planetary Science and Science Communication Chemistry and dynamics of the atmospheres of the Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Titan; Chemistry and dynamics of extra-solar planets; Using H3+ to investigate planetary atmospheres and the early Universe. Physics and Astronomy, UCL s.miller
Prof. Jan-Peter Muller Prof. Jan-Peter Muller, Professor of Image Understanding and remote Sensing, Head of Imaging Group, MSSL Life detection on other planets (in our solar system & beyond); Comparative morphology for understanding surface processes using 3D terrain;
Highly turbulent flow and how Giant Planets' banded structure and long-lived storms can persist; Sub-surface imaging systems from space.
Imaging, MSSL, UCL jpm{at}mssl.ucl.ac.uk
Prof. Christopher Owen Prof. Christopher Owen, Professor of Physics
Space plasma physics and Magnetospheric physics. Space Plasma Physics, MSSL, UCL
cjo{at}mssl.ucl.ac.uk
Prof. Kevin Pickering Prof. Kevin Pickering, Professor of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Earth surface processes (particularly all aspects of deep-marine sedimentology, stratigraphy and tectonics); Surface processes on Venus; Global environmental issues; Stratigraphy, tectonics and sedimentation; Sediment geochemistry and clay mineralogy, particularly relating to deep-marine environments. Earth Sciences, UCL kt.pickering
Prof. David Price Prof. David Price, Professor of Mineral Physics and Vice Provost (Research) CMR; Earth History;
Earth's core; Earth's mantle;
Computational science; Flood basalts; Impacts; Mass extinction; Mineral physics;
Molecular dynamics; Quantum mechanics.
Earth Sciences, UCL
d.price
Dr. Gerald Roberts Prof. Gerald Roberts, Professor of Earthquake Geology and Head of Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck The growth of active normal faults and how their slip-rates and growth control earthquake recurrence and seismic hazards. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck gerald.roberts
Prof. Peter Sammonds Prof. Peter Sammonds, Professor of Geophysics Rock & Ice Physics: Mechanics of the Earth's crust and ice sheets by studying the fundamental physics and mechanics of geological materials; Impacts of climate change and natural hazards. Earth Sciences, UCL p.sammonds
Dr. Joanne Santini Dr. Joanne Santini, Senior Lecturer The study of microorganisms that metabolise toxic metals/semi-metals such as arsenic. Structural & Molecular Biology, Div. of Biosciences, UCL
j.santini
Prof. Alan Smith Prof. Alan Smith, Professor of Detector Physics, Head of Department of Space and Climate Physics
Space technologies; Systems engineering with an enterprise context;  Technology planning. MSSL, UCL as{at}mssl.ucl.ac.uk
Prof. Lars Stixrude Prof. Lars Stixrude, Professor of Geophysics Large-scale planetary processes through investigations of the fundamental atomic-scale physics of Earth- and planet-forming materials; Mineral physics; Earth and planetary liquids and fluids; Condensed matter physics; High pressure physics; Planetary structure and evolution. Earth Sciences, UCL l.stixrude
Dr. Ellen Stofan Dr. Ellen Stofan, Honorary Professor Geology of Venus, Mars, Titan, and Earth. Earth Sciences, UCL ellen{at}proxemy.com
Prof. Jonathan Tennyson Prof. Jonathan Tennyson, Professor of Physics
Theory of small molecules. In particular, computing spectra of these molecules (e.g. water) and colliding electrons (and occasionally positrons) with them, to investigate the astrophysical, atmospheric, plasma-related and other consequences of these processes. Physics and Astronomy, UCL j.tennyson
Dr. Giovanna Tinetti Prof. Giovanna Tinetti, Professor of Astrophysics Exoplanets characterisation;
Atmospheric and Planetary science; Radiative Transfer modelling.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL g.tinetti
Prof. Serena Viti Prof. Serena Viti, Professor of Astrophysics
Astrochemistry

Physics and Astronomy, UCL sv{at}star.ucl.ac.uk
Prof. Lidunka Vocadlo

Prof. Lidunka Vocadlo, Professor of Mineral Physics


Ab initio simulation of the thermoelastic, melting and dynamic properties of planetary forming materials; Cryogenic-high T /high P experiments on planetary-forming materials; Ab initio simulation of the high P/T properties of metals. Earth Sciences, UCL l.vocadlo
Prof. John Ward Prof. John Ward, Professor of Synthetic Biology for Bioprocessing The use of bacteria, enzymes and phages to develop new chemicals, pathways and active entities. Structural & Molecular Biology, Div. of Biosciences, UCL j.ward
Prof. Duncan Wingham Prof. Duncan Wingham, Honorary Professor The flow and mass exchange of the Earth's ice sheets through the use of ultra-precise measurements from Earth orbiting satellites.
Earth Sciences, UCL djw{at}cpom.ucl.ac.uk
Dr. Ian Wood Dr. Ian Wood, Senior Lecturer
Crystallography; X-ray and neutron powder diffraction; High pressure and high/low temperature diffraction experiments; Clay minerals;
Planetary ices.
Earth Sciences, UCL ian.wood
Dr. Jeremy Yates Dr. Jeremy Yates, Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy Star formation and photon-driven astrochemistry. Physics and Astronomy, UCL j.a.yates
  Dr. Sergei Yurchenko, Principal Research Associate   Physics and Astronomy, UCL 
s.yurchenko

Research Staff


Name and Position Research Interests
Department
Email
Dr. Chris Arridge Dr. Chris Arridge, Royal Society University Research Fellow
Planetary magnetospheres; Robotic exploration of the solar system; Astrophysical magnetospheres.
Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL c.arridge
  Dr. Roberto Bugiolacchi, Leverhulme Fellow
MoonZoo
Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck roberto.bugiolacchi
Dr. Joanna Fabbri Dr. Joanna Fabbri, CPS Scientific Officer
Europlanet RI NA1 Matrix
Physics and Astronomy, UCL jfabbri{at}star.ucl.ac.uk
Dr. Colin Forsyth Dr. Colin Forsyth, Research Associate
Space plasma physics; Magnetospheric physics; Auroral physics. Space Plasma Physics, MSSL, UCL cfo{at}mssl.ucl.ac.uk
Dr. Andrew Griffiths Dr. Andrew D. Griffiths, Senior Research Associate
Project Manager for the ExoMars PanCam instrument; Imaging the Martian surface and atmospheric phenomena; Determining landing site morphology from stereo images; Determining the altitude distribution of water vapour in the Martian atmosphere via solar spectral line absorption measurements. Imaging, MSSL, UCL andrew.griffiths
Dr. Patrick Guio Dr. Patrick Guio, Research Fellow
Space plasma physics - Nonlinear waves and turbulence; Incoherent scattering - Theory and observation (EISCAT); High-performance computing - Plasma and planetary modelling. Physics and Astronomy, UCL p.guio
  Dr. Terence Hackwill
Lunar Geology
Earth Sciences, UCL t.hackwill
Dr. Eero Holmstrom Dr. Eero Holmstrom, Research Associate
Computational Mineral Physics
Earth Sciences, UCL  e.holmstrom
Dr. Licia Ray Dr. Licia Ray, Research Fellow
Comparative planetary magnetospheres (Jupiter and Saturn); Planetary auroral processes; Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling; Magnetospheric dynamics; Planetary ionospheres. Physics and Astronomy, UCL licia.ray
Dr. Panagiotis Sidiropoulos Dr. Panagiotis Sidiropoulos, Research Associate
Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Image and Video Processing,
Computer Vision.
Imaging, MSSL, UCL p.sidiropoulos
Dr. Tim Spain Dr. Tim Spain, Research Fellow
Planetary atmospheres
Physics and Astronomy, UCL tim{at}star.ucl.ac.uk
Dr. Ingo Waldmann Dr. Ingo Waldmann, Research Fellow High resolution atmospheric spectra of exoplanets; 
Modelling of planetary atmospheres; 
Photometry of transiting extrasolar planets;
Detecting extrasolar planets using radial velocity and microlensing techniques.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL
ingo{at}star.ucl.ac.uk
Dr. Annie Wellbrock Dr. Anne Wellbrock, Research Associate
Plasma interactions with unmagnetised bodies in the solar system, especially Titan. Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL a.wellbrock

Technical staff


Name and Position Research Interests
Department
Email
Ms. Lin Gilbert Ms. Lin Gilbert, Operations Software Specialist Cassini operations; Flight, operational and data analysis software. MSSL, UCL l.gilbert
Mr. Craig Leff Mr. Craig Leff, PanCam Project Manager Project management; Mission operations; Mars exploration. MSSL, UCL cel{at}mssl.ucl.ac.uk
Dr. Gethyn Lewis Dr. Gethyn Lewis, Senior Research Associate and Cassini Operations Manager Spacecraft charging; Spacecraft photoelectron and potential corrections; CAPS-ELS instrument operations; Top-hat electrostatic analysers; Data visualisation software. Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL g.lewis
  Dr. David Linder
Cassini operations.
MSSL, UCL drl{at}mssl.ucl.ac.uk

Postgraduate students


Name and Funding
Research Interests
Department
Email
Louise Alexander Louise Alexander
Lunar geochemistry Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck l.alexander{at}bbk.ac.uk
David Barnes David Barnes, Impact/RAL
  Physics and Astronomy, UCL david{at}star.ucl.ac.uk
Kim Birkett Kim Birkett, STFC The physics of comets
Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL k.birkett.12
  Abigail Calzada-Diaz, STFC Source regions of lunar meteorites 
Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck acalza01{at}mail.bbk.ac.uk
Camilla Danielski Camilla Danielski, Impact/Brazil
Exoplanets
Physics and Astronomy, UCL camilla{at}star.ucl.ac.uk
  Joel Davis, STFC Geology of Mars
Earth Sciences, UCL joel.davis.09
  Lottie Davis, NERC
Biomarkers in alkaline lakes and application to Mars. Earth Sciences, UCL lottie.davis
  Will Dunn, STFC Planetary Atmospheres and Escape, Exoplanets, Planetary X-Rays
Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL w.dunn
  Amy Edgington, STFC The internal structure, composition and magnetic field of Mercury
Earth Sciences, UCL
a.edgington.12
Marianna Felici Marianna Felici
Saturn's magnetosphere Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL
marianna.felici.12
  Jennifer Harris, Birkbeck
The identification of spectral signatures of life and habitable environments on planetary surfaces. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck jennifer.harris{at}bbk.ac.uk
Morgan Hollis Morgan Hollis, Impact/Perren
Exoplanets; Spectroscopy and Atmospheric Modelling; Radial velocity and Bayesian techniques. Physics and Astronomy, UCL mdjh{at}star.ucl.ac.uk
Huma Irfan Huma Irfan, Self-funded
Planetary GIS, particularly Lunar GIS studies related to lunar digital elevation models and future lunar missions.
Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck 
h.irfan{at}bbk.ac.uk
Jamie Jasinski Jamie Jasinski, STFC Saturn's magnetosphere. Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL
jamie.jasinski
David Johnson David Johnson, Impact/Met Office
Atmospheric modelling;
Data assimilation  techniques;
Space weather;
Meteorolgy.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL djohnson{at}star.ucl.ac.uk
  Adam Martins, STFC
Hydrogen and Helium at conditions of Gas Giant interiors. Earth Sciences, UCL adam.martins.10
Tom Nordheim Tom Nordheim, UCL GRS/ORS
Moon-magnetosphere interactions at Saturn and Jupiter; Space weathering effects on un-magnetised bodies; Modelling of cosmic ray interactions in neutral atmospheres; Planetary robotics. Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL tom.nordheim.10
  Lucy Norman, Origins
Geofluids, Geology and Astrobiology of Titan. Earth Sciences, UCL lucy.norman.09
  Nathan Pilkington, STFC Magnetospheric physics
Physics and Astronomy, UCL n.pilkington.12
Will Poole Wil Poole Mars:South Polar Cap landforms; Surface roughness. Earth: Glaciers; Polar Caps; Surface roughness.
Imaging, MSSL, UCL william.poole.10
Yudish Ramanjooloo Yudish Ramanjooloo, STFC Comets and their interaction with the Solar Wind. Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL yudish.ramanjooloo.09
Amy Ronksley Amy Ronksley, NERC Coupling of upper and lower atmosphere;
SCANDI, FPIs and EISCAT radars;
Meteorology and space weather.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL a.ronksley
Aidan Ross Aidan Ross, NERC CASE with NHM Carbon rich ureilite meteorites and early earth processes. Earth Sciences, UCL aidan.ross
  Gillian Sclater, Self-funded Physics of dissociating clathrates in cryovolcanic vents: application to Titan and Enceladus. Earth Sciences, UCL g.sclater
Marcell Tessenyi Marcell Tessenyi, STFC Exoplanets
Physics and Astronomy, UCL m.tessenyi
  Ryan Varley, Impact
High resolution atmospheric spectra of exoplanets.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL r.varley
  Elizabeth Wann, STFC The composition of the Core of terrestrial planets: the role of nickel and light elements. Earth Sciences, UCL elizabeth.wann.11
Dayle Woodhams Dayle Woodhams, NERC Sun-Earth connections and climate change; 
Atmospheric physics;
Plasma density structures in the high latitude ionosphere.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL dayle{at}star.ucl.ac.uk

CPS Associates

Previous CPS members and associates of the group:

Name Research
Dr. Bob Barber The optical properties of water; Water in comets.
Dr. Lewis Dartnell Astrobiology
Dr. Caitriona Jackman Solar wind - magnetosphere coupling; Magnetotail dynamics (Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter, Earth).
Dr. Joshua Snape
Lunar meteorites and lunar regolith
Dr. Japheth Yates Exoplanets; Super Earths;
Atmosphere-magnetosphere coupling; Planetary Atmospheres. 

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