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Ms Megan Maunder




I am a final year PhD Student in the Centre for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, Solar-Terrestrial Plasmas and Space Weather. Under the supervision of Dr Claire Foullon, I am in receipt of an STFC funded Studentship for a 'Multi-Spacecraft Investigation of Solar and Heliospheric Plasmas'. My second supervisor is Professor Andrew Hillier.

I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2018 with an MSci Mathematics (Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics) and a College Commendation. My master's project was titled 'STEREO Investigation of High-Latitude Coronal Mass Ejections', which applied stereoscopic triangulation methods to remote-sensing data from NASA's twin-STEREO spacecraft.

My research interests include solar and heliospheric plasmas and Space Weather, with a particular interest in Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs).  I work with both in-situ and remote sensing data using multi-spacecraft observations and methods to examine CMEs, their properties, and evolution.


Royal Astronomical Society:

I became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in October 2018. I am the Advocacy Team Lead for the RAS Early Career Network Committee, providing support, networking, and advice for early career Fellows. Our
events have included:

  • RAS ECN Poster Competition
  • RAS ECN Finding Your First Post-Doctoral Role
  • RAS ECN Careers Lunch at the National Astronomy Meeting 2021 
  • RAS COVID Survey

The ECN's latest publication: Hear it Through the Grapevine.

I am also a member of the Royal Astronomical Society's Membership Committee.


Post-Graduate Teaching Assosciate:

I have been a Post-Graduate Teaching Associate at the University since 2018. I completed the Learning and Teaching in Higher Educationt (LTHE) Level 1 & 2 programmes at Exeter in 2018/19 and have worked on the following modules:

  • NSC1002 Mathematics and Computing: Integrative Tools for Natural Sciences (2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21)
  • MTH2003 Differential Equations (2019/2020, 2020/21)
  • MTH3007 Fluid Dynamics (2019/2020)
  • MTH3008 Partial Differential Equations (2018/19, 2019/2020, 2020/21)

Additionally, I have supported undergraduate mathematics students in their final year BSc and MMath projects.