I am originally from Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. I obtained a BA in Physics and Astrophysics at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and an MSc in Space Science at University College London. I also completed my PhD with the Astrophysics Research Group in TCD, studying sunspot evolution with vector magnetic field observations from the Hinode spacecraft in order to better understand solar flare processes. From 2013 until 2016 I worked as a Space Weather Research Scientist at the Met Office, the national meteorological service for the United Kingdom. There I transitioned basic science to operational space weather forecasting.
Sophie’s research interests are focused on better understanding the solar source of space weather events in order to improve predictions of their impact on Earth. After completing an MSc at University College London and PhD in solar physics at Trinity College Dublin, she worked at the Met Office, the UK’s national meteorological service. Collaborating with scientists, forecasters, policy makers, and end users, she transitioned basic science to operational space weather forecasting products. Sophie has experience in a range of space weather disciplines, from solar flare forecasting, to solar wind propagation, and thermospheric modelling. Now a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and visiting researcher at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Sophie holds an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Award and is Principle Investigator of a European Office of Aerospace Research grant. She is currently developing solar eruption warning and prediction tools using state-of-the-art techniques established by the terrestrial weather community, and leads a number of international space weather forecasting coordination activities. Sophie is also heavily involved in public engagement and outreach, and is Principle Investigator of the Astronomical Midlands, a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Project engaging rural communities with astronomy.