Christopher Emersic Official Website
Home A personal account of my experiences during my career Read about my research (Coming soon!) Want to learn some background science?  Here it is in simple terms (Coming soon!) See all the presentations I've given on visits or at conferences (Coming soon!) Read about my involvement with the media and how to contact me (Coming soon!) Read my blog thoughts about random lightning things that I come across A friendly chat forum for the atmospheric electricity community and general public where we can talk all things thunderstorm and beyond (Coming soon!) Some links to other webpages of interest
Dr Christopher Emersic ( 0161 306 2488 The University of Manchester

About me

Thunder and lightning have been lifelong passions ever since I was very young.  I hope to devote my working life to the pursuit of understanding these phenomena scientifically.  Every choice in my education and early career has had this aim in mind—from which subjects to study at GCSE, right through to post-doc.  I’m now a qualified physicist and it’s my intention to try and follow a career path which allows me to scientifically research my love of lightning. After graduating with a degree in Physics, I was lucky to land a PhD in the subject of thunderstorm electrification (why thunderclouds get charged up) and this was my first real experience of lightning research.  And I loved it (see the account of my PhD).  I've been really privileged to have had a number of post-doc positions since then in other areas directly associated with lightning which have broadened my knowledge.  My longer term goals are to try and establish a lightning research group at a UK university and work with all my colleagues around the world to further our knowledge of the field.
Education MPhys 2003, Physics, UMIST, UK (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) PhD 2006, University of Manchester, UK Early career NRC Fellowship 2007–2008, NSSL, Oklahoma, USA Post Doc 2008, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, USA NSF funded grant 2008–2009, University of Oklahoma, USA Post Doc 2009–2013, The University of Manchester, UK Scientific Interests Thunderstorms, lightning, thunder, cloud electrification Ice crystals, snow, cloud physics
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About my website
Welcome to my personal website which I launched in June 2012.  I developed this site as a method of outreach to the general public, where I can talk about the science I'm involved with in exciting and simple terms that don’t require a PhD to understand.  In the longer term, I plan to set up a forum where I hope the atmospheric electricity scientific community will gather and engage in casual discussions of their latest research with each other and the public.  I've tried to make this site personable, but also provide some good, accessible science.  This is a challenging pet project for me and will be pretty much work in progress—particularly as new things always coming along, so check back often to see what’s new.  I've no idea how it might evolve in the future!
What’s new
July 2012: Added fourth postdoc  position to career section Click for older updates
Damaging lightning strike in West Virginia, 2008 2010 Left: Christopher Emersic; Right: Clive Saunders next to the Manchester ice fall-tube TESTS Balloon launch, 2007.  Left to right: Nick Biermann, Ted Mansell, Clark Payne, Christopher Emersic, the hand-of-science 2008 Paul Krehbiel (2nd from left), Harald Edens (2nd from right) and Christopher Emersic (Right) with miners at Sago Mine in West Virginia Beautiful sectored plate ice crystal replicated in formvar, taken in 2012 Ice storm, Oklahoma, 2007 (no that's not my car; I parked away from trees!) Home