University of Bath

NERC Independent Research Fellow Dr Keri Nicolls BSc, PhD

Keri is a member of research staff. Her research studies the effects of energetic particles on atmospheric processes.

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Dr Keri Nicolls was appointed Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Research Fellow in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering in 2016.

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Career achievements

Keri has published more than 30 academic papers in peer reviewed journals since 2008. She has participated in three international Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) actions as well as several International Space Science Institute (ISSI) team projects. Keri also served as guest editor for the Environmental Research Letters journal on a special issue entitled 'High energy particles and atmospheric processes'.


  • BSc (Hons) in Physics and Meteorology, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD in Meteorology, University of Reading
  • Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust



  • Electrical processes in the atmosphere; in particular, cloud and aerosol charging
  • Space weather influences on atmospheric processes, and ionisation and energetic particles
  • Developing atmospheric instrumentation for airborne cloud measurements (balloon and small unmanned aircraft)
  • The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for atmospheric science

This person is open to proposals for student research projects