Professor McAteer Bio
Dr R.T.James McAteer is an assistant professor at New Mexico State Universtity, where he leads the Solar Physics and Space Weather research group. He currently runs multiple NASA and NSF grants, including an NSF Career Award. Prior to 2010, he held a a Marie Curie fellowship at Trinity College Dublin (2008-2010), and worked as a STEREO scientist and held a NRC Research Associateshipe at NASA / GSFC (2004-2008). He completed his PhD thesis at Queens University Belfast in 2004
Prospective PhD students and Research positions
If you would like to pursue a Phd in Solar Physics and Space Weather, please contact Professor McAteer directly at the email or phone number above. Detailed information on research projects are also available at his research website. There is immediate funding available for multiple projects of PhD research and Postdoctoral study with Professor McAteer, including data from Solar Dynamics Observatory , STEREO , and the National Solar Observatory. It is expected that a student will undergo a lot of travel within USA (including Hawaii) and abroad during their time at NMSU. There are also opportunities in receiving training in advanced image processing, scientific reading, scientific writing, proposal writing, large database management, and scientific instrument design.
There are current postdoctoral research opportunites in the broad area of heliophsyics, under funding from NASA Eddy fellowships, or NSF postdoctoral grants. There are also opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to work in collaboration with NASA and the the National Solar Observatory. Email Professor McAteer directly for details.
Undergraduate research students at NMSU. There are research opportunites in solar coronal seismology funded by NSF and the New Mexico Space Grant Consotrium.Bring you CV and list of references to my office or speak to me after class.
At graduate level Professor McAteer leads a Heliophysics course (ASTR670) at NMSU and is involved in the Hale Graduate online course. At undergraduate level, you wll find Professor McAteer teaching courses on The Planets (ASTR105G) and Revolutionary Ideas in Astrophsyics (ASTR301V ). These courses focus on modern discoveries in our solar system and beyond. They are taught using inquiry-based learning, team-based learning, and extensive use of iClickers
Social MediaYou can follow Professor McAteer's commentary on current trends in astrophysics on Facebook, on his AMacroJot blog and @ProfMcAteer on Twitter
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A full and up-to-date publication list can be obtained via NASA ADS
Professor McAteer's research covers the entire breadth of solar physics: from his PhD
work on the dynamics of the quiet Sun; to studying active region magnetic
fields and solar flares; and including the initiation and propagation of
coronal mass ejections (CMEs). He uses spectroscopy, imaging, and detailed
modeling to analyze data across a vast array of temporal, size and energy
scales. His current research interests can be divided into three broad areas:
(1) Fundamental solar physics , including observational evidence for magnetohydrodynamical (MHD) processes including waves and magnetic reconnection. Studies of the chromosphere and corona of the Sun and other stars, and inferring plasma properties. Studies of radio emission from the Sun. Studies of Differential Emission Measures in the corona.
(2) Advancement of solar physics research through the design of high-cadence imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy instruments. Design of new high performance computing and advanced signal processing techniques in interpretation of existing and expected data (from both ground- and space-based instrumentation
(3) The Sun-Earth connection, including the effects of space weather throughout the solar system, predicting the onset of solar flares, tracking coronal mass ejections, and modelling the solar wind. This includes studies of the magnetic complexity of active regions and searches for signatures of imminent solar flares, general studies of complexity and turbulence in science, and design of risk management performance measures for space weather predictions. This also includes studies of the solar cycle, and the effects on the Earth and the viability of life.