Rosie Hodnett

University of Leicester


Investigating space weather in the Ionosphere and Magnetosphere with induction coil magnetometer data


  • Professor Tim Yeoman
  • Dr Darren Wright
  • Dr Ciaran Beggan

PhD Summary

I am looking at Ionospheric Alfvén Resonances and Schumann Resonances at Earth. The data I am using comes from the ground-based magnetic observatory, Eskdalemuir, which is a British Geological Survey site.

There are applications to space weather, which can have an impact on our communication systems, as well as applications to lightning storms.

Previous activity

Before my PhD, I was an undergraduate at the University of Leicester where I did an MPhys in Physics with Astrophysics.

Why did you choose doctoral research?

I found that the research projects I completed during my 3rd and 4th year on the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere were highly interesting and enjoyable, and so I wanted to pursue this further. There are many questions still left to be answered and new ideas to explore in the field of space weather.

Why did you choose CENTA?

The project that I am undertaking is a continuation of my Masters research project and so I was delighted to see it offered on the CENTA website. CENTA also offers a wide range of training opportunities, which will develop my skills throughout the PhD. I am now working alongside BGS and making contacts and friends with people across different universities and disciplines.

Future plans

In the future, I am open to either continuing in academia or going into industry. Whilst doing a CENTA PhD, I will gain many transferrable skills that will benefit me in many career areas.