MSSL Planetary Group February 2015

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Academic Staff

Name and Position Research Interests

Prof. Andrew Coates Prof. Andrew Coates, Head of Group Planetary magnetospheres; Plasma interaction with comets, Mars, Venus, Titan, Enceladus; Planetary surface imaging; Measuring water density in Mars' atmosphere from the surface; Radiation effects on the surface of Mars; Earth's magnetosphere and bow shock; Space weather and effects on spacecraft.
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+44 (0)1483 204145
Dr. Geraint Jones Dr. Geraint Jones, Reader in Planetary Science
Planetary magnetospheres and interactions with rings and moons; Cometary science; Comet- and dust-solar wind interaction; Interaction of unmagnetised planets with the solar wind; Heliospheric physics.
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+44 (0)1483 204263

Research Staff

Name and Position
Research Interests
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Dr. Anne Wellbrock Dr. Anne Wellbrock, Research Associate
Plasma interactions with unmagnetised bodies in the solar system, especially Titan.
  a.wellbrock +44 (0)1483 204244

Operations Staff

  Name and Position
Research Interests

Lin Gilbert Lin Gilbert, Operations Software Specialist
Cassini operations; Flight, operational and data analysis software.
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Craig Leff Craig Leff, PanCam Project Manager
Project management; Mission operations; Mars exploration.
LinkedIn cel@mssl.ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)1483 204243
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
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+44 (0)1483 204144

Honorary Staff

  Name and Position Research Interests

  Dr. Norbert Krupp, Honorary Reader Outer planet magnetospheres and moons.
Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Goettingen, Germany.
  krupp(at)mps.mpg.de +49 551 384 979-154
  Dr. Stefano Bagnulo, 
Honorary Reader
Polarimetric observations of solar system bodies.
Armagh Observatory.
+44 (0)28 3752 2928


Name and Position
Research Interests
  Email Telephone
Photo of Kim Birkett Kim Birkett, PhD Student (supervised by Geraint Jones) Comets   k.birkett.12 +44 (0)1483 204219
  Ravi Desai,  PhD student (supervised by Andrew Coates and Dhiren Kataria)
w-dunn William Dunn, PhD student (supervised by Andrew Coates and Graziella Branduardi-Raymont) Transiting Exoplanets, Jupiter's X-Ray Emission and Aurora, Atmospheric Loss LinkedIn w.dunn@ucl.ac.uk +44 (0)1483 204 219
Marianna Felici Marianna Felici, PhD Student (supervised by Chris Arridge) Saturn's magnetosphere   marianna.felici.12  
Photo of Jamie Jasinski Jamie Jasinski, PhD Student (supervised by Andrew Coates, Geraint Jones, Chris Arridge)
Saturn's magnetosphere.
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Tom Nordheim Tom Nordheim, PhD Student (supervised by Andrew Coates and Geraint Jones)
Moon-magnetosphere interactions at Saturn and Jupiter; Space weathering effects on unmagnetised bodies; Modeling of cosmic ray interactions in neutral atmospheres; Planetary robotics.
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Yudish Ramanjooloo Yudish Ramanjooloo, PhD Student, (supervised by Geraint Jones)
Comets and their interaction with the Solar Wind.
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leonardo-regoli Leonardo Regoli,
PhD student (supervised by Geraint Jones) [Impact studentship with Max Planck Institute for Solar System Studies, Germany]     
Saturn's magnetosphere   leonardo.regoli.12 +44 (0)1483 204 219
  Aaron Stinson,
PhD student (supervised by Stefano Bagnulo and Geraint Jones). Based at Armagh Observatory.
Polarimetry of small Solar System bodies    ast(at)arm.ac.uk   
  Sam Taylor,
PhD student (supervised by Andrew Coates and Geraint Jones)
Saturn's magnetosphere

Previous Group Members

Name Research Area
Current position
Dr. Nicolas André
IRAP/CNRS, Toulouse, France
Dr. Chris Arridge Outer planets Royal Society Fellow/Lecturer, Department of Physics, Lancaster University 
Dr. Marta Entradas (Joint student with UCL Science and Technology Studies) Science communication
Dr. Sandrine Grimald
IRAP/CNRS, Toulouse, France
Dr. Sheila Kanani Cassini Royal Astronomical Society
Dr. Hazel McAndrews
Nielsen Book, UK
Dr. Adam Masters Cassini Imperial College, UK
Dr. Abigail Rymer
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, USA
Dr. Neville Shane Mars/Venus Express operations University of Virginia, USA
Dr. Yasir Soobiah
Mars Express
Sharon Tsang
Venus Express

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