Mick Denton

Research Scientist
Los Alamos, NM


Ph.D. Univ. of Sheffield, UK

Mick has carried out full-time research, both in the USA and the UK, since completing his Ph.D. in 2001. Following initial theoretical studies of the ionosphere/plasmasphere system, he spent three years running an ionospheric tomography experiment deployed in northern Norway and on the Svalbard archipeligo. His attention then turned to the effects of the solar wind on the wider magnetosphere whilst working as a post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA. For the last eight years Mick has been involved in investigations of the Earth's plasma sheet, the ring current, and relativistic electrons in the radiation belt. Data analysis has revealed new knowledge about the magnetospheric response to solar wind drivers such as high-speed solar-wind streams (HSSs) and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Mick joined SSI as an Affiliate in 2011 and became a Research Scientist in 2013.

After years with a foot in both the southwest US and the northwest UK, he now lives permanently in Los Alamos.