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    Dr. Mario Mark Bisi, MPhys (Hons) (WALES), Ph.D. (WALES), FRAS, MInstP

    Nationality: Welsh (British)

    Institute of Mathematics and Physics (IMAPS)
    Aberystwyth University (AU)
    Wales (UK)
    Contact Information: here!
    URL: http://www.spacephysicist.com/

    CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
    My main research interests concern the origin and development of the large-scale structure of the solar wind and solar-wind transients, and their influence on the inner planets: particularly the Earth. This includes regions of interaction, stream interfaces, structure within solar wind streams, non-radial flows, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and their interplanetary counterparts (ICMEs), and space weather. I am also interested in how transients (such as CMEs/ICMEs) affect the global structure of the inner heliosphere and how such structure changes between remote-sensing observations close-in to the Sun, and that which is presently sampled in situ at ~1 AU and outward. My primary sources of information come from various interplanetary scintillation (IPS) radio systems. Observations of IPS are used as a flow tracer for the solar wind to study the development of solar wind structure in interplanetary space. The investigation of the variation of solar wind velocity, density, and magnetic-field, through the use of three-dimensional (3-D) tomographic reconstructions of wide-scale IPS data is also accomplished. These observations are currently undertaken using various world-wide IPS-capable systems such as EISCAT, ESR, MERLIN, STELab, and Ooty; and in Thomson-scattered white-light with SMEI. I assisted in the development of extremely-long baseline (ELB) IPS and the use of the 3-D reconstructions to better-constrain the fitting of individual ELB IPS observations. I am experienced in manipulating spacecraft data from instruments aboard Yohkoh, SOHO, Ulysses, Wind, ACE, and the STEREO spacecraft in order to support these remote-sensing observations and 3-D reconstructions. I have experience in the use of ground-based data from the Mauna Loa MkIII/MkIV Coronagraphs, and the Wilcox Solar Observatory and Kitt Peak source-surface magnetic maps. I have also collaborated on the modelling and the unwinding of Faraday rotation (FR) measurements of the solar wind. I intend to extend the ELB and 3-D reconstruction combinations to study in greater detail solar-wind transients and the 3-D structure of the large-scale solar wind. In addition, I continue to adapt the 3-D reconstruction analyses to work with Ooty data, and for the newly-operational (in testing) LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) and Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) IPS-capable systems, and continue to develop further the association between white-light and IPS observations and the 3-D reconstructions including multi-point in-situ comparisons.

    FORMAL EDUCATION (QUALIFICATIONS)
    • Institute of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (IMAPS), University of Wales (UWA), Aberystwyth, September 2002 – July 2006.
    Formal Qualification earned (WALES):
    Ph.D. in the field of Space/Solar/Heliospheric Physics – 17 July 2006.
    • Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, September 1998 – June 2002.
    Formal qualification earned (WALES):
    4-Year MPhys degree: Physics with Astronomy – Upper Second Class with Honours, ‘2(1)’.
    • Bishop Hedley R.C. High School (BHHS), Merthyr Tydfil, September 1991 – June 1998.
    Formal qualifications earned (various examination boards):
    A-Level (3): Physics – A, Mathematics – B, Chemistry – B.
    AS-Level (1): Music – B (specialising in music composition).
    GCSE (10): Double Science – A*A*, Geography – A*, Mathematics – A, Music – A, Art and Design – A,
    English Language – B, English Literature – B, Business Studies – B, Religious Studies – B.

    RECENT RELEVANT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
    • 14 1st-author and 37 co-author refereed publications, 3 1st- and 6 co-author non-refereed, my Ph.D. Thesis, and a further 15 refereed publications in preparation; thus, overall involvement with over 75 publications to date.
    • Guest Editor of three Solar Physics Topical Issues 2010, 2011, and 2012: “Remote Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere”, “The Sun – Earth Connection near Solar Minimum: Placing it into Context”, and “Observations and Modelling of the Inner Heliosphere” respectively.
    • Invited to attend the UK-US Space Weather Infrastructure Meeting, Boulder, CO, US, 28-29 April 2012.
    • Elected to the MIST (Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Solar-Terrestrial) Council, May 2012 (2012-2015).
    • Elected ST-H Secretary for the AOGS (Asia Oceania Geosciences Society), August 2011 (2011-2013).
    • 15 invited talks to date: at the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th AOGS, and 9th AOGS-AGU (WPGM) Meetings; XXVIIth IAU General Assembly; at NAM/GAG/UKSP/MIST 2012; SHINE-GEM, 2008; Remote Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere Workshop, 2009; Fall AGU 2011; EU-Russia STP Workshop; two Seminars at CASS-UCSD; a Seminar at Imperial College, London – Bisi et al. and Breen et al., 2007; Bisi et al., 2008; 2010; 2011; 2012b,a; 2009; Jackson et al., 2008; 2009; 2011; Bisi, 2011; 2007; 2009; 2010.
    • Co-Lead organiser of the “5th LOFAR Solar and Space Weather Key Science Project Workshop” Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, June 2011.
    • Co-Chair of the SOC and Lead organiser for the “Second Remote Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere Workshop” Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, June 2011.
    • Lead organiser of the “Remote Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere” Aberystwyth Workshop, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, May 2009.
    • Convenor of the AOGS-AGU (WPGM) 2012 ST General Session, Singapore, August 2012.
    • Lead Convenor of sessions at the Fall AGU 2012 (upcoming SH011 joint with NH, SA, and SM), 2011, and 2010 Meetings, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 2012, December 2011, and December 2010 respectively.
    • Lead Convenor of the NAM-2012 LOFAR Special Session (INS4), Manchester, England, UK, March 2012.
    • Co-Convenor of special sessions at: NAM/UKSP/MIST 2011 in Llandudno, Wales, UK; EPSC 2010 in Rome, Italy; AOGS 2010 in Hyderabad, India; and JENAM/MIST/UKSP 2009 in Hatfield, England, UK.
    • Member of the SOC for the Second WHI Workshop (WHIDMAW2), Boulder, CO, USA, November 2009.
    • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) (UK).
    • Member of the Institute of Physics (IOP) (UK).
    • Member of the European Geophysical Union (EGU).
    • Member of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS).
    • Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
    • Member of the American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division (AAS SPD).
    • Member of the British Astronomical Association (BAA).
    • Mrmber of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS).
    • Member of the Society for Popular Astronomy (UK).

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE/SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
    • Lecturing and/or project supervision and guidance on IMAPS undergraduate modules: PHM4410, PHM4810, PH34040, PH38720, PH24610, and PH25520, as well as substantial work on syllabi re-organisation/design.
    • Working with students: sharing my passion for solar/space/heliospheric physics and encouraging original research as well as career-development advice on commencing/following postgraduate studies.
    • Co-lead-organiser of the Internal IMAPS Series of Seminars (2010-2011).
    • Other Seminars – postgraduate at IMAPS and CASS Journal Club – involved developing/presenting new ideas to large groups – IMAPS SSP group meetings/CASS solar group meetings – SSP Space Lunches.
    • Setting up and maintaining my own Space, Solar, and Heliospheric Science WebPages/Blog at http://www.spacephysicist.com/, and occasional guest science writer for http://www.astroengine.com/.
    • Assisted in teaching 6th form summer school, undergraduate labs and exercise classes in physics at IMAPS.
    • Assistant Warden at UWA student halls – involved giving emotional support and helping with social development/assistance whenever required to all students in my building and group of seafront halls.
    • Working as a note-taker for special needs students at UWA, including examination invigilation.
    • Marking of undergraduate physics students work at IMAPS offering constructive criticism wherever and whenever possible.
    • Teaching dancing – working with large groups of students/staff at a wide variety of experience/capabilities in a very busy environment – responsible for lesson planning and the progression of dancers and the Team(s).
    • School teaching experiences – working with young people; both Primary and Secondary education ages.

    SELECT RELEVANT ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
    • Core member of the International IPS Consortium.
    • Core member of the January 2010 Events and August 2010 Events Consortia.
    • Leader of the 13-15 May 2005 Event(s) Consortium.
    • Core Member of the LOFAR Solar and Space Weather Key Science Project (2012-present; Member in 2011).
    • LOFAR-UK Management Committee Representative for Aberystwyth University (2012-present).
    • “Beta” tester for LOFAR 1.0.
    • Member of the MWA Solar-Heliospheric-Ionospheric (SHI) Science Group (2006-present).
    • Member of the SMEI instrument science team (2006-present) and Telecon organiser/Chair (2012-present).
    • Supervision of one Ph.D. student and 31 undergraduate students: supervision of one Ph.D. student at IMAPS-AU (and professional guidance to two others); 19 3rd/4th- and 9 4th-Year undergraduate students undertaking various mini-projects also at IMAPS-AU; and three employed undergraduate students while at CASS-UCSD.
    • Referee for STFC grants (2012).
    • NASA Heliosphere Grants Panel (2011) and referee for NSF and NASA grants (2007 onwards).
    • Referee for high-profile international journals (2006 onwards) to include ApJ, Solar Physics, JGR, GRL, etc.
    • Recent involvement with an ESA M-Class mission proposal (Uranus Pathfinder) submitted to ESA.
    • Involvement with a NASA SMEX spacecraft mission proposal (PERSEUS) and a NASA Mission of Opportunity proposal (IHI) for the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter instrumentation – both submitted to NASA.
    • Public understanding of science – Science in Society programme Small Awards Scheme project involvement: ‘Promoting STFC science to the disengaged: Radio and online outreach’ – contract number: ST/F500448/1.
    • Initiated and helping lead the Worldwide ‘IPS Common Data Format’ effort to enhance cross-collaborations.
    • IHY/WHI Collaborations – worldwide IPS campaigns with Ulysses/SMEI/STEREO, and with SOHO|UVCS.

    RELEVANT COMPUTER SKILLS (& TIME OF USAGE)
    • Microsoft Windows – all versions (Approximately 18 Years 03 Months in total).
    • Microsoft Office/Open Office (Approximately 16 Years 04 Months in total).
    • Norton Utilities and Firewall (11 Years 04 Months).
    • Adobe PhotoShop and The Gimp (12 Years 04 Months in total).
    • XFTP/Cute FTP (10 Years 11 Months in total).
    • Sun Unix/Linux – various flavours (Approximately 10 Years 07 Months in total).
    • LaTeX – both in Linux/Unix and Windows (9 Years 11 Months).
    • Macromedia Dreamweaver/Fireworks/basic HTML/WordPress (Approximately 9 Years in total).
    • IDL and MatLab Programming experience (Approximately 15 Months in total at intermittent times).
    • Boreland Turbo Pascal Version 7 Programming (Approximately 6 Months in total when at Cardiff).
    • FORTRAN-77 / FORTRAN-90 Programming experience (3 Months in total when at UWA and a little since).
    • MathCAD Programming experience (Approximately 2 Months in total when at Cardiff).

    OTHER SELECT INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES
    • Reading travel books and travelling, anywhere, and discovering the World and its beauty and offerings.
    • Using computers and running/experimenting with home networking (including wireless networking).
    • Driving - Full clean manual UK (and previously CA USA) Driving Licences.
    • Music and hi-fi, including A/V, plus cinema/films, and watching local club/international rugby.
    • Keeping fit through various activities such as dancing (including small and large competitions), cycling, walking, squash, badminton; and occasionally circuit training, skiing and ice-skating.
    • Registration Committee Head for UCSD’s ‘Dance By The Shores’ DanceSport competition, 2006-2007.
    • United Kingdom Alliance (UKA) Bronze Medals (Highly Commended) in both Standard Ballroom (SB) and Latin American (LA), Silver Medals (Highly Commended) in SB and (Honours) in LA, Gold Medals (Honours) in both SB and LA, Gold Bar 1 Medals (Honours) in SB and (Distinction) in LA; and third place at the Viejas Casino (near San Diego, CA, USA) Ballroom Competition October-December 2007.
    • Founder, club president, team captain, treasurer, secretary and webmaster of Aberdance DanceSport (Ballroom and Latin American Dancing), 2003-2004 and 2004-2005; honorary president/captain, 2005-2006; Club Colours for 2+ years service on the committee in 2004-2005 and again in 2005-2006.
    • Occasionally playing the Piano, Keyboard, and Violin.

    PRIMARY REFERENCES (Additional Referees Available Upon Request)
    • Dr. Bernard V. Jackson, Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), CA, USA.
    • Prof. Periasamy K. Manoharan, Radio Astronomy Centre, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Ooty, India.
    • Mr. David F. Webb, ISR, Boston College (BC), MA, USA.
    • Dr. Martin C. Wilding (Deputy Dean of Science), Institute of Mathematics and Physics (IMAPS), Aberystwyth University (AU), Wales (UK).
    • Dr. Barbara J. Thompson, NASA/GSFC, MD, USA.
    • Dr. S. Eleri Pryse, Institute of Mathematics and Physics (IMAPS), Aberystwyth University (AU), Wales (UK).

    PREVIOUS ACADEMIC-RELATED EMPLOYMENT
    • 01/09/11 – Present Post-Doctoral Research Associate (and Senior Lecturer cover for research and research administration), Institute of Mathematics and Physics (IMAPS), Aberystwyth University (AU), Wales (UK).
    • 01/06/11 – 31/08/11 Secondment as an International Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), CA, USA.
    • 01/01/10 – 31/05/11 Post-Doctoral Research Associate (and partial Senior Lecturer cover for research and research administration), Institute of Mathematics and Physics (IMAPS), Aberystwyth University (AU), Wales (UK).
    • 01/09/06 – 31/12/09 International Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), CA, USA.
    • 26/09/05 – 10/08/06 Assistant Warden, Assistant Librarian, Special Needs Note-taker, and Examination Invigilator, various departments/occasions, University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UWA), Wales (UK).


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