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I am currently an Associate Professor at Northumbria and hold a UKRI Future Leader Fellowship. I obtained my PhD in 2012 from the University of Sheffield and moved to Northumbria shortly after as a University Research Fellow. In 2014 I obtained a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellowship.

I currently lead a small research group (inc. Post-doctoral researcher, PhD & masters students) who are motivated to understand the role magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves play in transferring energy through the Sun’s atmosphere, powering the heating of the million-degree solar wind and its acceleration to a million miles per hour. My contribution to the field of Solar Physics has been recognised with the award of the Royal Astronomical Society's Winton Capital prize 2015 and Fowler Award (2021) . 

I am enthusiastic about outreach and have recently completed a successful project called ‘Imagining the Sun’ (STFC funded), working with schools, education authorities, artists and poets, to deliver a combined science and art programme (

Research interests

My UKRI Future Leader Fellowship project is called 'Revealing the Pattern of Solar Alfvenic Waves (RiPSAW)' and involves utilising remote observations of the Sun to probe the role of Magnetohydrodynamic waves in heating the outer layers of the Sun's atmosphere.

I typically work with data from satellites that observes the Sun in EUV (Solar Dynamics Observatory, Hi-C) and data from ground-based telescopes (Coronal Multi-Channel Polarimeter) that examines infra-red emission from the solar corona. 

I am interested in developing and using modern methods for data analysis, including numerical Bayesian analysis, Machine Learning and Neural Networks. 

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Mathematics, PhD

1 Sept 200731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 2007


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  • Calculating metalation in cells reveals CobW acquires CoII for vitamin B12 biosynthesis while related proteins prefer ZnII

    Young, T. R., Martini, M. A., Foster, A. W., Glasfeld, A., Osman, D., Morton, R. J., Deery, E., Warren, M. J. & Robinson, N. J., 1 Dec 2021, In: Nature Communications. 12, 1, 15 p., 1195.

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  • The Solar Orbiter Science Activity Plan: Translating solar and heliospheric physics questions into action

    Zouganelis, I., De Groof, A., Walsh, A. P., Williams, D. R., Müller, D., St Cyr, O. C., Auchère, F., Berghmans, D., Fludra, A., Horbury, T. S., Howard, R. A., Krucker, S., Maksimovic, M., Owen, C. J., Rodríguez-Pacheco, J., Romoli, M., Solanki, S. K., Watson, C., Sanchez, L., Lefort, J., & 165 othersOsuna, P., Gilbert, H. R., Nieves-Chinchilla, T., Abbo, L., Alexandrova, O., Anastasiadis, A., Andretta, V., Antonucci, E., Appourchaux, T., Aran, A., Arge, C. N., Aulanier, G., Baker, D., Bale, S. D., Battaglia, M., Bellot Rubio, L., Bemporad, A., Berthomier, M., Bocchialini, K., Bonnin, X., Brun, A. S., Bruno, R., Buchlin, E., Büchner, J., Bucik, R., Carcaboso, F., Carr, R., Carrasco-Blázquez, I., Cecconi, B., Cernuda Cangas, I., Chen, C. H. K., Chitta, L. P., Chust, T., Dalmasse, K., D'Amicis, R., Da Deppo, V., De Marco, R., Dolei, S., Dolla, L., Dudok De Wit, T., Van Driel-Gesztelyi, L., Eastwood, J. P., Espinosa Lara, F., Etesi, L., Fedorov, A., Félix-Redondo, F., Fineschi, S., Fleck, B., Fontaine, D., Fox, N. J., Gandorfer, A., Génot, V., Georgoulis, M. K., Gissot, S., Giunta, A., Gizon, L., Gómez-Herrero, R., Gontikakis, C., Graham, G., Green, L., Grundy, T., Haberreiter, M., Harra, L. K., Hassler, D. M., Hirzberger, J., Ho, G. C., Hurford, G., Innes, D., Issautier, K., James, A. W., Janitzek, N., Janvier, M., Jeffrey, N., Jenkins, J., Khotyaintsev, Y., Klein, K. L., Kontar, E. P., Kontogiannis, I., Krafft, C., Krasnoselskikh, V., Kretzschmar, M., Labrosse, N., Lagg, A., Landini, F., Lavraud, B., Leon, I., Lepri, S. T., Lewis, G. R., Liewer, P., Linker, J., Livi, S., Long, D. M., Louarn, P., Malandraki, O., Maloney, S., Martinez-Pillet, V., Martinovic, M., Masson, A., Matthews, S., Matteini, L., Meyer-Vernet, N., Moraitis, K., Morton, R. J., Musset, S., Nicolaou, G., Nindos, A., O'Brien, H., Orozco Suarez, D., Owens, M., Pancrazzi, M., Papaioannou, A., Parenti, S., Pariat, E., Patsourakos, S., Perrone, D., Peter, H., Pinto, R. F., Plainaki, C., Plettemeier, D., Plunkett, S. P., Raines, J. M., Raouafi, N., Reid, H., Retino, A., Rezeau, L., Rochus, P., Rodriguez, L., Rodriguez-Garcia, L., Roth, M., Rouillard, A. P., Sahraoui, F., Sasso, C., Schou, J., Schühle, U., Sorriso-Valvo, L., Soucek, J., Spadaro, D., Stangalini, M., Stansby, D., Steller, M., Strugarek, A., Štverák, Susino, R., Telloni, D., Terasa, C., Teriaca, L., Toledo-Redondo, S., Del Toro Iniesta, J. C., Tsiropoula, G., Tsounis, A., Tziotziou, K., Valentini, F., Vaivads, A., Vecchio, A., Velli, M., Verbeeck, C., Verdini, A., Verscharen, D., Vilmer, N., Vourlidas, A., Wicks, R., Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F., Wiegelmann, T., Young, P. R. & Zhukov, A. N., 1 Oct 2020, In: Astronomy & Astrophysics. 642, 19 p., A3.

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  • Global maps of the magnetic field in the solar corona

    Yang, Z., Bethge, C., Tian, H., Tomczyk, S., Morton, R., Del Zanna, G., McIntosh, S. W., Gibson, S., Samanta, T., He, J., Chen, Y. & Wang, L., 7 Aug 2020, In: Science. 369, 6504, p. 694-697 4 p.

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  • The Drivers of Active Region Outflows into the Slow Solar Wind

    Brooks, D. H., Winebarger, A. R., Savage, S., Warren, H. P., De Pontieu, B., Peter, H., Cirtain, J. W., Golub, L., Kobayashi, K., McIntosh, S. W., McKenzie, D., Morton, R., Rachmeler, L., Testa, P., Tiwari, S. & Walsh, R., May 2020, In: Astrophysical Journal. 894, 2, p. 1-14 14 p.

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  • A chromospheric resonance cavity in a sunspot mapped with seismology

    Jess, D. B., Snow, B., Houston, S. J., Botha, G., Fleck, B., Prasad, S. K., Asensio Ramos, A., Morton, R., Keys, P. H., Jafarzadeh, S., Stangalini, M., Grant, S. D. T. & Christian, D. J., 1 Mar 2020, In: Nature Astronomy. 4, 3, p. 220-227 8 p.

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