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Dr Karen Aplin

Dr Karen Aplin

Dr Karen Aplin
BSc. Hons, PhD, FInstP

Associate Professor

Area of research

Space Science

Office 2.34
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 42 83371

Summary

I am an interdisciplinary physicist with expertise in innovative instrumentation as applied to problems in space and atmospheric science. I have a particular interest in electrical effects and measurements.

Biography

I joined Bristol University in August 2018, having previously been Head of Physics Teaching Laboratories at Oxford University, and before that a Research Physicist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's Space Science Department. I have a PhD in atmospheric physics instrumentation from the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, an undergraduate degree in Physics and Philosophy from Durham University, and a music diploma from Trinity College London.

I am also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Bath University.

I am currently recruiting research students to work on a range of projects. If you have a strong background, normally defined as an expected or actual first class integrated Masters (or Bachelors plus Masters) degree in Physics, Engineering or a similar discipline, and research interests that overlap with mine, then I am interested in hearing from you. Please indicate which areas of my research programme you would like to work on when you contact me - you can get a flavour of this by looking at my publications. Most of the funding I have access to is for UK-based students only.

Teaching

I currently convene the popular fourth year Advanced Space Systems course, and supervise and assess student projects including the major 4th year industrial group project (AVDASI). I am External Examiner for an Open University course in Physics and Space Science. In my former role at Oxford I established and led the Physics Department's first group industrial project scheme, which significantly modernised the course. I remain interested in the role of laboratory teaching in physics and engineering.

I am also committed to outreach and give regular talks at schools, scientific societies and STEM events. I run a space weather station, measuring solar radiation, natural radioactivity and cosmic rays at Snowdon Summit with a quasi-real-time data display. (This station is offline for maintenance until spring 2020).

 

 

Keywords

  • novel instrumentation for space and atmospheric deployment
  • electrical measurements
  • planetary analogue experiments
  • ionisation in gases
  • history of science and technology

Memberships

Organisations

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Other sites

Research Groups

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Courses

Dr Aplin currently teaches 2 courses:

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