Department of Physics

Space Physics People


Current Members

Dr. Craig Rodger Professor ResearcherID
Dr. Annika Seppälä Senior Lecturer  
Dr. Jono Squire Research Fellow ScopusID
Dr. Neil Thomson part-time Research Associate Professor  
Dr. James Brundell part-time Research Fellow
Daniel Mac Manus PhD Student  
Dr. Romain Meyrand Postdoctoral Fellow  
Emily Gordon MSc Student
Viktoria Nordstrom MSc Student  
Sam Belcher Honours Student (2020)  
Keeta Chapman-Smith Honours Student (2020)  
Ryan Davis Honours Student (2020)  
Zade Johnston Honours Student (2020)  

Contact details for all current members of the Space Physics Research Group can be found at the Staff Directory Listing and the Student Directory Listing.



Group photo taken at the University Staff Club on 31 July 2020.
Shown in the photo from left to right: Craig Rodger, Daniel Mac Manus, Emily Gordon, Keeta Chapman-Smith, Romain Meyrand, Jono Squire, Neil Thomson, Annika Seppälä, Viktoria Nordstrom,  Aaron Hendry,  Zade Johnston, and Ryan Davis. Unfortunately two groups members were unable to join us: James Brundell and Sam Belcher.


Recent Members

Viktoria Nordstrom Summer fellowship student (2019/20)
Sophie Cook Summer fellowship student (2019/20)
Dr. Tim Divett Postdoctoral Fellow
Emma Douma PhD Student
Daniel Mac Manus MSc Student
Harriet George Honours Student (2018)
Emily Gordon Honours Student (2018)
Oliver King Summer fellowship student (2017/18)
Aaron Hendry PhD Student
Nathan Williams Honours Student (2017)
Daniel Mac Manus Summer fellowship student (2016/17)
Daniel Mac Manus Honours Student (2016)
Dr. Neil Thomson Associate Professor (retired April 2016)
Kathy Cresswell-Moorcock PhD Student - withdrew for medical reasons March 2016
Daniel Mac Manus Summer fellowship student (2015/16)
Emma Douma Summer fellowship student (2014/15)
Dr. Ian Whittaker Postdoctoral Fellow
Alexander Schwertheim PGDipSci Student (2014)
Emma Douma Honours Student (2014)
Kathy Cresswell-Moorcock MSc Student (2013-2014)
Jason Neal MSc Student (2013-2014)
Timothy Marshall Summer fellowship student (2013/14)
Jason Neal Summer fellowship student (2012/13)
Kathy Cresswell-Moorcock Summer fellowship student (2012/13)
Jason Neal Honours student (2012)
Kathy Cresswell-Moorcock PGDipSci Student (2012)
Dr. Mea Simon Wedlund PhD Student (her second PhD) - withdrew for medical reasons September 2012
Bonar Carson MSc Student (completed early 2012)

Aaron Hendry

Summer fellowship student (2011/12)

Aaron Hendry

Honours student (2011)

Dr. Rory Gamble

PhD Student (completed 2011)

Nicholas Hananeia

PGDipSci Student (2010)

Robert McCormick

MSc Student (completed 2010)

Sarah Dietrich

MSc Student (completed 2009)

Bonar Carson

Honours Student (2009)

Sarah Dietrich

Honours Student (2007)

Johnny Downs

Honours Student (2007)

Mikhail Turner

Honours Student (2007)

Simon Stewart

Summer scholarship student (2005/06)

Greg Mcdowell

Honours Student (2005)

Greg Masters

Honours Student (2006)

Oliver Stigley

Summer scholarship student (2004/05)

Jonathan Nielsen

Honours Student (2004)

Michael Grant

Honours Student (2004)

Simon Werner

Honours Student (2003)

Peter Thompson

Honours Student (2003)

Robert McCormick

Honours Student (2001)

Israel Waldrom

Honours Student (2001)



Dr. Mark Clilverd regular collaborator & yearly visitor British Antarctic Survey (UK)
Dr. Yuki Obana Feburary 2011, March 2012, 2013 2014, Feburary 2015, August 2016, March 2017, September 2017,  September 2018, and February 2019.
Osaka Electro-Communication University (Japan)
Dr. Aaron Hendry December 2019/January 2020, October 2019, and December 2018/January 2019 Institute of Atmospheric Physics,
The Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech)
Prof. Bob Lysak February 2019 University of Minnesota
Prof. Esa Turunen, Dr. Antti Kero, and Dr. Jia Jia October 2018 Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (Finland)
Dr. Maxime Grandin October 2018 Helsinki University (Finland)
Ji-Hee Lee October 2018 Korea Polar Research Institute (Republic of Korea)
Dr. Tanja Peterson, Dr. Wiebke Heise and Dr. Ted Bertrand September 2018 GNS Science (New Zealand)
Kamran Mukhtar September 2018 Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Dr. Keisuke Hosokawa September 2018 Tokyo Electro-Communication University (Japan)
Moritz Wolf Research Intern (2016/2017) Munich University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Prof. Fran Bagenal March 2017 University of Colorado Boulder (USA)
Dr. Gemma Kelly February 2017 and August-September 2018
British Geological Survey (UK)
Dr. Alan Thomson and Ellen Clarke May 2016 and September-October 2018
British Geological Survey (UK)
Dr. Malcolm Ingham May 2016 and September 2018
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Michael Dalzell May 2016 and September 2018 Transpower New Zealand Ltd.
Assoc. Prof. Adrian McDonald December 2013 and October 2014 University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
Dr. Monika Andersson January 2014 Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
Dr. Pekka Verronen November 2006 and January 2014 Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
Dr. Mark Clilverd Jan-April 2014 (sabbatical) British Antarctic Survey (UK)
Neil Cobbett January-February 2011 and 2014
British Antarctic Survey (UK)
Prof. Anthony Chan July-August 2012, July 2013 and July 2014
Rice University (USA)

Assoc. Prof. Sushil Kumar

January-April 2011

University of the South Pacific (Fiji)

Dr. Steve Cummer

sabbatical 2009

Duke University (USA)

Dr. Annika Seppälä

two collaboration visits (2006 & 2007), now one of our staff!

Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)

Dr. János Lichtenberger

two collaboration visits (2005 & 2007)

Eötvös University (Hungary)

Dr. Fred Menk

January 2008

University of Newcastle (Australia)

Dr. Esa Turunen

November 2005 

Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (Finland)

Tom Broux

Summer intern 2004/05

Technical University Eindhoven (Holland)

Dr. Bob Holzworth


University of Washington (USA)

Erin Lay


University of Washington (USA)

Dr. John Grunsfeld

June 2002



You can learn more about our research activities by looking at our page About the Space Physics Group.