Dr. Danielle Bewsher

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Leighton Building, LE104

+44 (0) 1772 89 3271

Subject Areas: Mathematics

Danielle Bewsher has been a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Central Lancashire since September 2009. She is research active within the area of astrophysics and is a member of the Solar Physics Research Group, which is part of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute.

Danielle previously worked at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, where she was involved with calibrating the STEREO Heliospheric Imagers. She also held a European Space Agency External Fellowship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA.

Full Profile

Danielle Bewsher graduated with her PhD in Solar Physics from the University of St Andrews in 2002. From 2003 until 2005, Danielle held a European Space Agency External Fellowship with the SOHO team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA. In 2005, Danielle returned to the UK to a Temporary Lectureship in Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire, where she contributed to the Sun, Earth & Climate and the Solar Astrophysics distance learning modules. In 2005, Danielle moved to the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where she worked as a Solar Physicist in the SOHO/CDS, STEREO/HI and Hinode/EIS instrument teams.

From 2008 until 2009, Danielle also held a joint appointment with Aberystwyth University, where she contributed to the teaching of the Energy & the Environment, the Cosmology & Astrophysics and the Sun & Heliosphere modules. In 2009, Danielle joined the University of Central Lancashire as a lecturer in mathematics, where she contributes to the teaching in all three years of the BSc Mathematics degree.

Danielle’s research interests include small scale transient events in the sun’s atmosphere; coronal dimming and their relationship to coronal mass ejections; calibration of the STEREO Heliospheric Imagers; and studying stellar variability with the STEREO Heliospheric Imagers.

Danielle is actively involved in the Public Understanding of her science. She regularly gives talks at Astronomical societies and schools. Danielle led UCLan’s STFC funded ‘Living with a Star’ exhibit at the Big Bang Exhibition in Manchester in 2009.

In her spare time, Danielle is a qualified Ballroom and Latin American dance teacher.


Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Toolkit, University of Central Lancashire, 2010

PhD Solar Physics, St Andrews University, 2002

MSc Space Science, University College London, 1999

BSc(Hons) Mathematics, University of Bristol, 1998


Jones, M.H., Bewsher, D., Brown, D.S. (2013) Imaging of a Circumsolar Dust Ring Near the Orbit of Venus. Science, 342, pp 960-963.

Bewsher, Danielle, Harrison, R. A. and Brown, Daniel Stephen (2008) The relationship between EUV dimming and coronal mass ejections. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 478 (3). pp. 897-906.

Bewsher, D., Brown, D. S., Eyles, C. J., Kellett, B. J., White, G. J. and Swinyard, B. (2010) Determination of the Photometric Calibration and Large-Scale Flatfield of the STEREO Heliospheric Imagers: I. HI-1. Solar Physics, 264 (2). pp. 433-460.

Wraight, K. T., Fossati, L., Netopil, M., Paunzen, E., Rode-Paunzen, M., Bewsher, Danielle, Norton, A. J. and White, Glenn J. (2011) A photometric study of chemically peculiar stars with the STEREO satellites - I. Magnetic chemically peculiar stars★. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 420 (1). pp. 757-772.

More publications


Quiet Sun transient phenomena: This is the investigation of small-scale transient events which populate the solar atmosphere, such as blinkers, explosive events, bright points, etc, which are key to understanding fundamental processes in the atmosphere of the Sun and of other stars.

Coronal Dimming & CME onsets: Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are major eruptions of solar material into the heliosphere, and an understanding of such events is key to how the Sun affects the Earth and other planets (often referred to as space weather). Coronal Dimming is a phenomenon identified as an important tool for CME prediction.

Stellar variability: STEREO's Heliospheric Imagers are wide angle, space-based telescopes that are designed to observe CMEs in the heliosphere that travel along the Sun-Earth line. Because of the coverage and continuity of the observations, the HI's are ideal for observing the background star field - and in particular the variability of stellar intensity, including searching for exoplanets and sources of astro-seismology.

Calibration of the STEREO Heliospheric Imagers: The stars in the background of the HI data can be used to determine the pointing and optical properties of the HI instruments, the photometric calibration and the large-scale flatfield of the HI instruments.


Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society

Fellow, Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications

Member, London Mathematical Society

Fellow, International Dance Teachers Association

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Chartered Mathematician

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Year 2 Tutor for Mathematics

MA2831 - Ordinary Differential Equations

MA3831 - Partial Differential Equations & Integral Transforms

MA3999 - Mathematics Project