Dr Maria Walach FRAS

Research Fellow/Lecturer

Research Overview

I am a UKRI STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow based in the Space and Planetary Physics Group.

I study the interactions between the solar wind, the magnetosphere and the ionosphere.

That's our most immediate magnetic environment and the most upper part of the atmosphere, which links us to space.

I am interested in the energy transport in our terrestrial plasma environment and how it responds to events within the magnetosphere itself, and in space. I do this primarily by using data from spacecraft.

Personal website: mtwalach.github.io

Autumn MIST 2023
Participation in conference - Academic

Electrodynamic coupling from high to middle latitudes
Oral presentation

The Eye of the Geomagnetic Storm
Invited talk

Introducing TiVIE
Oral presentation

Electrodynamic coupling from high to middle latitudes
Oral presentation

Research activities at LU in relation to space debris
Invited talk

MIST Awards Taskforce
Oral presentation

Electrodynamic coupling from the high to middle latitudes: 
Observations in the Context of Whole Atmosphere Modelling
Oral presentation

Spring MIST 2023
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Convection Context of Surface Waves
Invited talk

Decoding the Northern Lights
Invited talk

How the Aurora Lights up Space
Invited talk

Electrodynamic coupling of the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere
Oral presentation

International Space Science Institute (External organisation)
Membership of network

Decoding the Northern Lights
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Invited talk at the British Science Festival 2022
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

MIST Council (External organisation)
Membership of council

Ionosphere and Thermosphere Observations in the Context of Whole Atmosphere Modelling
Invited talk

Ionospheric Convection Map Parameters Measured by the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network: A Journey Through Space And Time
Invited talk

Ionospheric Electrodynamics at Earth: The Eye of the Geomagnetic Storm
Invited talk

Dusk-Dawn Asymmetries in SuperDARN Convection Maps
Oral presentation

Ionosphere and Thermosphere Observations in the Context of Whole Atmosphere Modelling
Oral presentation

Ionospheric Convection and Auroral Responses to Solar Wind Driving
Invited talk

How the aurora lights up space
Invited talk

Super Dual Auroral Radar Network Expansion and Its Influence on the Derived Ionospheric Convection Pattern
Invited talk

Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting on Global Monitoring of Geospace
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Autumn MIST Meeting 2021
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Super Dual Auroral Radar Network Expansion and its Influence on the Derived Ionospheric Convection Pattern
Oral presentation

Ionosphere and Thermosphere Observations in the Context of Whole Atmosphere Modelling
Oral presentation

High-latitude ionospheric convection during geomagnetic storms
Invited talk

SuperDARN observations of the September 2017 storm
Oral presentation

Autumn MIST 2020
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Modelling the Time-Variability of the Ionospheric Electric Field: Introducing the TiVIE model
Oral presentation

Modelling the Time-Variability of the Ionospheric Electric Field: Introducing the TiVIE model
Oral presentation

Royal Astronomical Society Awards and Grants Review Panel
Expert Opinion

Average Ionospheric Electric Field Morphologies during Geomagnetic Storm Phases
Oral presentation

Average Ionospheric Electric Field Morphologies during Geomagnetic Storm Phases
Invited talk

(Rescheduled) Autumn MIST 2019
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

SuperDARN observations during geomagnetic storms, geomagnetically active times and enhanced solar wind driving
Oral presentation

High-latitude ionospheric convection morphologies during geomagnetic storm phases
Oral presentation

Large scale analysis of sawtooth events, and isolated substorms
Invited talk

MIST Council (External organisation)
Membership of council

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Outreach via existing platforms: “I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here”
Oral presentation

SuperDARN observations during geomagnetic storms, geomagnetically active times and enhanced solar wind driving
Oral presentation

SuperDARN observations during geomagnetic storms, geomagnetically active times and enhanced solar wind driving
Oral presentation

Influences of the equatorward SuperDARN expansion on data coverage and measured parameters
Oral presentation

SuperDARN Workshop 2019 - Fujiyoshida, Japan
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Time variability in high-latitude ionospheric convection at Earth
Invited talk

I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!
Other

RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting: Global Response of the Terrestrial Magnetosphere during Storms and Substorms
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Seminar talk
Invited talk

MIST Awards Taskforce (External organisation)
Membership of network

Improving Joule Heating and Electric Field Models of the High-latitude Ionosphere
Oral presentation

Characterising and understanding temporal variability in ionospheric flows using SuperDARN data
Oral presentation

Characterising and understanding temporal variability in ionospheric flows using SuperDARN data
Oral presentation

Comparison of ionospheric convection signatures of sawtooth events and substorms
Oral presentation

Chracterising and understanding temporal variability in ionospheric flows using SuperDARN data
Oral presentation

Spring MIST 2018
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Autumn MIST Meeting
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Light Up Lancaster
Festival/Exhibition/Concert

SuperDARN Workshop 2017
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group (External organisation)
Other Membership

Solar Wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer (SMILE) Space Mission (External organisation)
Membership of network

British Science Association Award Lecture
Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Space and Planetary Physics