Hello, I’m John. My research is primarily concerned with Birkeland currents, which are electrical currents flowing between Earth’s atmosphere and the edge of Earth’s magnetic field. These currents are part of the system that reacts to the solar wind and the Sun’s magnetic field, and are intimately linked to phenomena such as Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) and also linked to energetic particles travelling in space. As such, my research is highly relevant to current Government efforts to understand the impact of space weather on British infrastructure, and mitigate that impact.
I am currently a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) in the the Space Environment Physics (SEP) Group at the University of Southampton, and I have been working in Southampton since 2015, studying various phenomena concerning the Earth’s reactions to space stimuli. I have collaborators across the UK and further afield.
Previously, I got my PhD through studies conducted in the Radio & Space Plasma Physics (RSPP) Group at the University of Leicester, where I was supervised by Prof Steve Milan.