Daniel's current research direction focusses on the rotation of sunspots and how this can inject energy into the Sun's magnetic field which can be released as a solar flare or eruption. Such eruptions contribute to space weather and can have an impact on the Earth (e.g., the aurora, damage satellites, disrupt communication). Most of his postgraduate supervision is in this area. He has developed a method to measure the rotation profiles of sunspots from observations that was recently published in the journal Solar Physics (2021).
Daniel completed his PhD in Solar Theory at the University of St Andrews in 1999 and went on to become a PostDoctoral Research Assistant for the next 5 years at St Andrews working in Solar Theory, where he helped organise a number of international academic conferences.
Daniel became a lecturer in space physics at Aberystwyth University in 2005, where he also undertook his Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Educations (PGCTHE). He also became a visiting academic with RALSpace at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
Daniel joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2009 and has taught on both the Mathematics and Physics degree programmes. He became a Reader in Solar Physics in 2015.