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Dr Daniel Brown

Reader in Solar Physics
School of Natural Sciences

Daniel teaches on the Mathematics degree, with a particular interest in mathematical biology and application of compartment models. Daniel's research is in Solar Physics where his expertise lies in sunspots and magnetic structures in the Sun's atmosphere, and he supervises postgraduate students in this area. Daniel is a Fellow of Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Acadamy.

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.

  • PGCTHE, Aberystwyth University, 2008
  • PhD Solar Theory, University of St Andrews, 2000
  • MSc Nonlinear Mathematics, Bath University, 1996
  • BSc (Hons) Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of Wales Swansea, 1995
  • RAS Group Achievement Award for achievement by a large consortium in geophysics, 2020
  • RAS Group Achievement Award for achievement by a large consortium in geophysics, 2013

Modules Taught

  • MA1851 - Computational Mathematics
  • MA1861 - Introductory Statistics
  • MA3843 - Mathematical Biology
  • MA4844 - Stability, Instability and Chaos
  • Solar Physics
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Acadamy