Erika Palmerio and Benjamin Lynch

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Erika Palmerio and Benjamin Lynch

From April 5, 2023 to April 12, 2023

Dr Erika Palmerio is a heliophysicist at Predictive Science Inc., a research company based in San Diego, California. Her research focuses on the sun, its eruptions and the effects of its activity on the solar system. Her primary research topics are centred on coronal mass ejections (CMEs), huge eruptions of plasma and magnetic fields that are regularly expelled from the sun and major drivers of magnetic storms on Earth and solar energetic particles (SEPs). She also provides regular space weather updates on Twitter at @erikapal. 

Dr Benjamin Lynch is a solar physics researcher at the Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of California–Berkeley. His primary research interests include numerical modelling of solar flares and CME initiation in the solar corona, the onset and evolution of magnetic reconnection in space plasmas, and using multi-wavelength and multi-spacecraft observational data to validate the modelling results. In addition, he has worked on the formation of reconnection-generated transients at the boundaries of coronal streamers and pseudostreamers as one of the main sources of the observed variability in the slow solar wind, as well as extending solar models of flares and CMEs to other active stars and characterizing the impact these may have on the potential habitability of exoplanets. 

During their visit, Dr Erika and Dr Benjamin will be hosting daytime solar observation sessions, together with nighttime stargazing sessions and talks about solar physics and space weather. They will be at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives during April 5–12, 2023.


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