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B.Sc (Hons), 1978
Ph.D. (La Trobe University), 1983
2001- Associate Professor of Physics, The University of Newcastle
1997, 2001 Visiting Research Fellow, University of York, U.K.
1995-2000 Senior lecturer in Physics, The University of Newcastle
1987-1993 Lecturer (level B) in Physics, The University of Newcastle
1984-1987 Research Associate, Space Plasma Waves Group, The University of Newcastle
1981-1983 Upper atmosphere physicist, Antarctic Division, Hobart and Davis, Antarctica
Membership of societies, institutions, etc:
Member, Australian Institute of Physics (AIP), IAGA, AGU
Limited Amateur (Radio) Operator's Certificate of Proficiency
Member, AIP National Committee on Solar-Terrestrial and Space Physics: Chair in 1992-1994.
Secretary, AIP Committee, NSW Branch, 1995-1996.
Convenor, AIP National Workshop on Solar-Terrestrial and Space Physics, 1986,1988, 1990, 1992.
Convenor, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Symposium on ULF waves, Boulder, CO., 1995.
Convenor, Second South Pacific STEP Congress, Newcastle, NSW, 1993.
Convenor, Youth ANZAAS Congress (Aust. New Zealand Assoc. for Advancement of Science), Newcastle, NSW, 1995.
Chair, ULF Waves Division, IAGA, 1999-
Manager, Education Program, Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems, 2000-
Sources and propagation of ultra-low frequency (ULF) plasma waves in the Earth's magnetosphere, using ground-based magnetometer arrays at low (Australian), middle (European) and high (polar) latitudes
Remote sensing of the plasma in near-Earth space using ground-based ULF wave measurements
Effects of ULF plasma waves on the ionosphere, using experiments (HF Doppler sounders and radars) and mathematical modelling
Magnetometer engineering and calibration for microsatellites
Dosimetry in medical radiation physics
Principal research achievements
Source regions of ULF pulsations at high latitudes. This has led to:
(a) improved understanding of the generation and propagation of Pc1-2 waves near the cusp/boundary layer;
(b) first use of Pc1-2 pulsations to map the topology of the outer magnetosphere; and
(c) studies of field line resonances (FLRs) and their use to identify open/closed field line boundary.
(d) A study presently under way is examining Pc3 wave properties and propagation at polar latitudes.
Spatial and temporal characteristics of ULF waves at low latitudes. This has resulted in:
(a) characterisation of FLR properties at low latitudes, and first measurement of low latitude limit of FLRs;
(b) characterisation of phase skips and related features;
(c) identification of possible global mode signatures at low latitudes;
(d) identification and clarification of the role of the ionosphere on low latitude field line eigenfrequencies;
(e) use of FLR harmonics to estimate plasma density profile throughout the magnetosphere; and
(f) use of FLRs to monitor properties and evolution of the plasmapause.
Interaction of ULF waves with the ionosphere. This involved:
(a) design, development and operation of an oblique/vertical incidence ionospheric Doppler sounder and ground magnetometer array to measure ionosphere-ground amplitude and phase for ULF waves;
(b) identification of FLR signatures and their harmonics in the F-region, and comparison of observations with existing model predictions;
(c) the first identification of fast mode wave signatures in the low latitude F-region, and demonstration that these are not explained by existing models;
(d) consideration of ULF wave effects in over-the-horizon surveillance radars.
Project magnager for development of the fluxgate magnetometer experiment for the FedSat microsatellite.
Geophysical Research Institute, Sopron, Hungary.
Australian Antarctic Division, Tasmania.
Solar Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University, Japan
Applied Physics Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA.
HF Surveillance Division, Defence Science Technology Organisation.
National Institute of Water and Atmosphere, New Zealand.
Department of Physics, University of York, UK.
British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, UK.
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Leicester University, UK.
Postgraduate students supervised
13 PhD/MSc students in space plasma physics
2 PhD students in medical radiation physics
6 honours students in space plasma physics (5 achieved H1 grade, 1 medal)
2 honours students in medical radiation physics (2 H1, 1 medal)
1 honours student in medical science (H1)
Competitive grants awarded
Total $3.98 M, including:
Cooperative Research Centre $1.122 M
Australian Research Council large grants $1.880 M
DEET and DITAC/DIST $213 k
ARC reader for Physics, Chemistry and Geoscience panel, 2002
Peer reviewing for funding agencies including ASAC, ARC and NSF (USA).
Peer reviewing for leading international journals including:
Journal of Geophysical Research (USA and Japan editorial offices)
Journal of Geomagnetism and Geoelectricity (Japan)
Geophysical Research Letters (USA, European and Japan editorial offices)
Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics (UK)
Annales Geophysicae (Germany, France and UK editorial offices)
Radio Science (USA).
Several book reviews for The Australian and New Zealand Physicist.
Refereed publications (at 1 Jan 2002)
Published or submitted for publication 87 papers and 2 book chapters.
Invited conference papers (at 1 Jan 2002)
18 invited papers presented at international conferences (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, UK, USA)
Other conference papers
94; 43 in past 5 years
Student final exam marks in all 1st and 2nd year courses typically 10 - 20 % above overall subject averages
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