Members of the SPAT research group on a virtual Zoom quiz

Group Members

Academic Staff

PhotoNameScientific interests
 Dr Helen Brindley  Prof Helen Brindley
Professor in Earth Observation 
 Atmospheric physics
 CARR Dr Chris Carr
Senior Research Lecturer
 Space instrumentation
CEPPI Dr Paulo Ceppi
Senior Lecturer in Climate Physics
Grantham Institute
 Dr Arnaud Czaja Dr Arnaud Czaja
 Atmosphere-ocean interactions
 Professor Michele Dougherty Professor Michele Dougherty
Professor, FRS Head of Physics Dept
 Planetary science
 Dr Jonathan Eastwood Professor Jonathan Eastwood
Professor of Space Physics and Deputy Head of Department for Infrastructure, Health & Safety
 Space weather; space plasma physics
 Dr Bob Forsyth Dr Bob Forsyth
 Heliospheric physics
 Dr Marina Galand Professor Marina Galand
Professor in Planetary Science 
 Planetary upper atmospheres; cometary science
 Dr Heather Graven Dr Heather Graven
Reader in Climate Physics
 Carbon cycle

Dr Edward Gryspeerdt
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Grantham Institute

Cloud physics; atmospheric aerosol; remote sensing 
 HORBURY Professor Tim Horbury
Professor in Space Physics
 Solar wind; magnetosphere; turbulence
 Dr Adam Masters Dr Adam Masters
Senior Lecturer and Royal Society URF and Community Lead Research
 Planetary science: magnetospheres, interiors, moons
Lorenzo Dr Lorenzo Matteini
Space plasma physics
 Dr Ingo Mueller-Wodarg Professor Ingo Mueller-Wodarg
Planetary upper atmospheres
 Professor Juliet Pickering Professor Juliet Pickering
Atmospheric physics and laboratory spectroscopy
 Professor Ralf Toumi Professor Ralf Toumi
Atmospheric physics
 Dr Apostolos Voulgarakis  Dr Apostolos Voulgarakis
 Reader in Atmospheric Physics
 Atmospheric physics
Academic Staff

Research Staff




PhotoNameScientific interests
Archer Dr Martin Archer (Rep)
UKRI Stephen Hawking Fellow
Space plasma physics; magnetospheres; dynamics & waves; simulations

Dr Richard Bantges
Scientific Project Manager


Dr Arnaud Beth
Research Associate

Space Physics 

Dr Philipp Breul
Research Associate

Climate Physics

Patrick Brown
Senior Instrumentation Manager


Dr Christian Clear
Research Fellow & Group Safety Officer

Laboratory Astrophysics

Dr Luca Franci
Royal Society University Research Fellow URF

Space Physics

Dr Colleen Golja
Marie Curie Fellow

Atmospheric Physics

Dr Richard Hall
Research Associate

Large scale air-sea interactions



Dr Michael Heyns
Research Associate

Space physics

Dr Peio Inurrigarro Rodriguez
Research Associate

Space Physics

Adrian LaMoury

Research Assistant

Space Physics

Dr Fang LIU
Research Associate

Atmospheric Physics

Dr Jonathan Murray
Research Fellow


Dr Peer Nowack
Research Fellow


Helen O'Brien
Senior Instrument Manager

Design/build of space science magnetic field instruments

Dr James Rufus
Research Associate (GERB Operations Scientist)

Earth observation

Dr Jacqueline Russell
Research Associate (GERB Project Scientist)


Dr Shivangi Sharan


Fiona Simpson
Research Associate

Magnetic fields in Planetary Systems

Dr Nathan Sparks
Innovations Researcher



Dr Domenico Trotta
Research Associate


Research Staff

PhD Students

PhotoNameProject title
Matthew Acevski Space physics
BLACKFORD Katie Blackford The role of peat fires shaping future atmospheric composition the carbon cycle and climate
Liam Liam Blyth Air pollution: Sources and sinks of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere
Brunmayr Alexander Brunmayr Regional Carbon Cycle Modelling
David Dai Why does climate sensitivity depend on the type of forcing
DING Milan Ding Laboratory Astrophysics: New Atomic Data for Astrophysics Applications
  Oliver Driver The impact of aircraft engine emissions and alternative fuels on contrail formation



Michaela Flegrova  Quantifying the radiative impacts of African landscape fires
horner George Horner  The impact of aerosol on convective clouds
Harley Harley Kelly Surface waves above the magnetic poles
  King Heng Lau Tropical cyclones


Harry Lewis Probing the nonlinear dynamics of turbulence in space plasmas


Zoe Lewis Plasma environment around comet 67P
  Min Li Tropical cyclones
Jamie Jamie Mathews
Marie Curie Early Researcher
The Gulf Stream as a modulator of blocking and European temperatre extremes
Sophie Mosselmans The Universal InfraRed Airborne Spectrometer: A new instrument for climate research
Rebecca Rebecca Murray-Watson Investigating the impact of aerosols on mixed-phase clouds

Joseph Ovwemuvwmose Carbon cycling in next-generation terrestrial ecosystem models



Sanjeevani Panditharatne  Understanding how Earth is losing its cool: A study in support of the FORUM satellite mission
Jacob Jacob Parrott Global exploration of the upper atmosphere of Mars using radio occultation measurements
  Geoffrey Pugsley Developing novel observations of cloud processes 
Ruairi Shannon Laboratory Astrophysics
SHAYLOR Marie Shaylor Diagnosing dust-climate interactions in observations to test Earth System Models
Maddie Stedman Assessing the feasibility to benchmark climate relevant parameters from the TRUTHS satellite mission
  Anna Tippett (PhD Rep) Measuring the timescales for precipitation - how quickly can you make a cloud rain?
Enoch Tsui Yan Lok (Enoch) Tsui Climate physics
  Joseph Wang How does the Sun create the Solar Wind?
  Cara Waters (PhD Rep) Using AL and Machine Learning to reveal the physics of magnetic reconnection, a universal plasma process 
Alina Yang  Novel quantification of greenhouse gas emissions using atmospheric observations
Sophia Sophia Zomerdijk-Russell  Getting to grips with Mercury's dynamic space environment as the Bepicolombo mission flies to the innermost planet
PhD Students

Support Staff

PhotoNameJob role and responsibilities
Aria Aria Vitkova Instrument Engineer - Space
 Irene Irene Ruiz Instrument Engineer - Space
 BAUGHEN Richard Baughen Instrument Engineer
Clear Christian Clear Group Safety Officer
 CUPIDO Emanuele Cupido Instrument Manager
HODGKINS John Hodgkins Electronic Engineer
  Michele Facchinelli Space Instrument Engineer
 MULHOLLAND Ciara Mulholland  Senior Section Administrator
ODDY Tim Oddy Spacecraft Operations Engineer
 OWEN Luke Kratzmann Administrative Assistant

Azra Sabadosh Senior Section Administrator
STRICKLAND Alex Strickland Instrument Software Engineer
Placeholder Alastair Crabtree MAG Software Engineer
Placeholder Edward Fauchon-Jones MAG Software Engineer
Placeholder Christopher Greenaway Solar Orbiter MAG Systems Engineer
Placeholder Alan Roberts MAG Electrical and Electronics Engineer
Placeholder Madeleine Tomes MAG Instrument Engineer
Support Staff

Senior and Honorary



Scientific Interests

Prof. Andre Balogh
Distinguished Research Fellow

Imperial College

Heliospheric and Magnetospheric Physics

Dr. Ken Bignell
Honorary Lecturer

Imperial College


Prof. Peter Cargill
Distinguished Research Fellow

Imperial College / University of St Andrews

Physics of Sun, Solar Wind and Magnetosphere

Professor Joanna Haigh FRS
Distinguished Research Fellow


Atmospheric radiation, climate modeling

Prof. John Harries
Distinguished Research Fellow

Imperial College

Atmospheric Physics

Dr. Matt Owens
Honorary Lecturer

University of Reading

Space Physics

Prof. Steve Schwartz
Distinguished Research Fellow

University of Colorado Boulder

Space Physics

Prof. David Southwood
Senior Research Investigator

Imperial College

Space plasma physics; Giant planet magnetospheres; Space Weather; Space Law

Dr. Wenyi Zhong
Honorary Research Fellow

Imperial College

Atmospheric Physics


Visiting Professors & Researchers

The following scientists have close associations with the Group as visiting professors or researchers, supporting and broadening the Group's research base:

Visiting professors

  • Martin Goldman
  • Richard Harrison
  • Stuart Bale

Visiting researchers

  • Teruca Belmonte - Casual
  • Douglas Blackie
  • Simon Good
  • Paul Green
  • Lars Mejnertsen
  • Licia Ray
  • Sunil Varma

Academic visitor

  • Ali Haidar Sulaiman
  • Andreas Pollinger
  • Chon Fai (Charlie) Lok
  • Christoph Beischl
  • Christophe Bellisario
  • Christopher HK Chen
  • Ekin Ozturk
  • Guangtao Dong
  • Hao Cao
  • Joshua Michael Chadney
  • Maciej Szymon Bendyk
  • Heli Hietala
  • Steve Kellock
  • Vincent John Hare
  • Giulia Zazzeri