Lucie is a Professor of Physics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics and studies activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. In particular, looking at immense magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere which sporadically erupt into the Solar System. If these eruptions reach the Earth they can drive major space weather events. She is interested in how the magnetic configuration of the eruptions relates to geomagnetic activity and what this means for those living in the UK. She has been a Principal Investigator on research grants totalling over £1million. Two of these research projects are still active.
Lucie is very active in public engagement with science and regularly gives public talks as well as supporting her departmental public engagement programme. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Science Museum, is a Governor of the UCL Academy and is Chief Stargazer at the Society for Popular Astronomy. Her first popular science book is called “15 Million Degrees: journey to the centre of the Sun”.