Naomi Rowe-Gurney

Naomi Rowe-Gurney

  • postdoctoral researcher
  • 301.286.0120
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 691
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIV OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
  • Brief Bio

    Naomi is a JWST GTO postdoctoral research associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center employed by Howard University. She is a solar system ambassador for the JWST working with Dr Stefanie Milam and Dr Heidi Hammel. She obtained her PhD in 2021 from the University of Leicester working with supervisor Dr Leigh Fletcher. Her thesis used archived data from the Spitzer Space Telescope to study the thermal structure and composition of the middle atmospheres of the ice giants, Uranus and Neptune. She used the retrieval algorithm NEMESIS and built a consistent retrieval framework for the ice giant planets ahead of the launch of the JWST. Throughout the PhD, Naomi used her teaching experience to partake in significant outreach and public engagement work. Naomi also engaged in considerable equality, diversity and inclusion work and was an active member of university committees, as well as promoting science to underrepresented groups. The majority of the engagement work she focused on was for the JWST and promoting its use for looking at our own solar system, especially the giant planets.

    For a more detailed and up to date CV please see LinkedIn.

    Research Interests

    PhD Thesis: Ice Giant Stratospheres from the Spitzer Space Telescope’s Infrared Spectrometer

    • End-to-end reduction of ice giant mid-infrared spectra from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Spectrometer
    • Investigation into the longitudinal variability in the stratosphere of Uranus using mid-infrared spectral analysis
    • Characterisation of temperature and hydrocarbon abundance profiles of Uranus and Neptune using the NEMESIS retrieval algorithm
    • Future predictive modelling of JWST MIRI observations for both ice giants

    Teaching Experience

    Lab Demonstrator (undergraduates), University of Leicester, UK (2018 - 2021)

    Physics and Maths Tutor, self-employed, UK (2017 - 2020)

    Physics Teacher, Ulink College of Shanghai, China (2015 - 2017)

    • Educational responsibility for 150+ EAL students per year ages 14 – 19
    • Development of syllabus and materials for new laboratory practical element in iGCSE revision sessions
    • Implementation of new college-wide science communication competition
    • Distinction achieved for on-the-job professional development qualification in teaching and learning

    Physics, Maths, and Geography Tutor, Tutors in China, China (2014 - 2015)

    Education

    PhD Physics and Astronomy, September 2017 - October 2021: University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom. Advisors: Dr. Leigh Fletcher. Thesis: Ice Giant Stratospheres from the Spitzer Space Telescope’s Infrared Spectrometer 

    MPhys Physics with Astrophysics, September 2008 - July 2012: University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom.

    • 4th year advanced study topic: Sprites, Elves and Blue Jets; Lightning in the Upper Atmosphere
    • 4th year advanced research project: Common Envelope Evolution and the Fate of Planetary Systems
    • 3rd year pair research project: El Niño Years: Modification of Precipitation Patterns and Vertical Storm Structures in the Tropical Pacific Region
    • 3rd year group research project: Atmospheric Spectroscopy 

    Professional Societies

    Royal Astronomical Society, 2017 - Present
    Fellow

    Publications

    Refereed

    Roman, M. T., L. N. Fletcher, G. S. Orton, et al. T. K. Greathouse, J. I. Moses, N. Rowe-Gurney, P. G. Irwin, A. Antuñano, J. Sinclair, Y. Kasaba, T. Fujiyoshi, I. de Pater, and H. B. Hammel. 2022. "Subseasonal Variation in Neptune’s Mid-infrared Emission." The Planetary Science Journal, 3 (4): 78 [10.3847/psj/ac5aa4]

    Rowe-Gurney, N., L. N. Fletcher, G. S. Orton, et al. M. T. Roman, A. Mainzer, J. I. Moses, I. de Pater, and P. G. Irwin. 2021. "Longitudinal variations in the stratosphere of Uranus from the Spitzer infrared spectrometer." Icarus, 365: 114506 [10.1016/j.icarus.2021.114506]

    Trilling, D. E., C. Lisse, D. P. Cruikshank, et al. J. P. Emery, Y. Fernández, L. N. Fletcher, D. P. Hamilton, H. B. Hammel, A. W. Harris, M. Mueller, G. S. Orton, Y. J. Pendleton, W. T. Reach, N. Rowe-Gurney, M. Skrutskie, and A. Verbiscer. 2020. "Spitzer’s Solar System studies of asteroids, planets and the zodiacal cloud." Nature Astronomy, 4 (10): 940-946 [10.1038/s41550-020-01221-y]

    Sinclair, J., G. Orton, L. Fletcher, et al. M. Roman, I. de Pater, T. Encrenaz, H. Hammel, R. Giles, T. Velusamy, J. Moses, P. Irwin, T. Momary, N. Rowe-Gurney, and F. Tabataba-Vakili. 2020. "Spatial structure in Neptune’s 7.90-μm stratospheric CH4 emission, as measured by VLT-VISIR." Icarus, 345: 113748 [10.1016/j.icarus.2020.113748]

    Roman, M. T., L. N. Fletcher, G. S. Orton, N. Rowe-Gurney, and P. G. Irwin. 2020. "Uranus in Northern Midspring: Persistent Atmospheric Temperatures and Circulations Inferred from Thermal Imaging." The Astronomical Journal, 159 (2): 45 [10.3847/1538-3881/ab5dc7]

    Antuñano, A., L. N. Fletcher, G. S. Orton, et al. H. Melin, J. H. Rogers, J. Harrington, P. T. Donnelly, N. Rowe‐Gurney, and J. S. Blake. 2018. "Infrared Characterization of Jupiter's Equatorial Disturbance Cycle." Geophysical Research Letters, 45 (20): [10.1029/2018gl080382]

    Non-Refereed

    Dahl, E. K., S. Brueshaber, R. G. Cosentino, et al. C. Palotai, N. Rowe-Gurney, R. Sankar, K. Sayanagi, S. Aslam, K. Baines, E. Barth, N. J. Chanover, L. N. Fletcher, S. Guerlet, H. Hammel, M. Hofstadter, A. Hyder, E. Leonard, T. A. Livengood, T. Momary, G. Orton, I. de Pater, K. Retherford, J. Sinclair, K. Soderlund, L. Spilker, L. Sromovsky, and M. H. Wong. 2021. "Ice Giant Atmospheric Science." BAAS 53 (4): e-id. 264 [10.3847/25c2cfeb.97316a54]

    Brief Bio

    Naomi is a JWST GTO postdoctoral research associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center employed by Howard University. She is a solar system ambassador for the JWST working with Dr Stefanie Milam and Dr Heidi Hammel. She obtained her PhD in 2021 from the University of Leicester working with supervisor Dr Leigh Fletcher. Her thesis used archived data from the Spitzer Space Telescope to study the thermal structure and composition of the middle atmospheres of the ice giants, Uranus and Neptune. She used the retrieval algorithm NEMESIS and built a consistent retrieval framework for the ice giant planets ahead of the launch of the JWST. Throughout the PhD, Naomi used her teaching experience to partake in significant outreach and public engagement work. Naomi also engaged in considerable equality, diversity and inclusion work and was an active member of university committees, as well as promoting science to underrepresented groups. The majority of the engagement work she focused on was for the JWST and promoting its use for looking at our own solar system, especially the giant planets.

    For a more detailed and up to date CV please see LinkedIn.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Roman, M. T., L. N. Fletcher, G. S. Orton, et al. T. K. Greathouse, J. I. Moses, N. Rowe-Gurney, P. G. Irwin, A. Antuñano, J. Sinclair, Y. Kasaba, T. Fujiyoshi, I. de Pater, and H. B. Hammel. 2022. "Subseasonal Variation in Neptune’s Mid-infrared Emission." The Planetary Science Journal 3 (4): 78 [10.3847/psj/ac5aa4]

    Rowe-Gurney, N., L. N. Fletcher, G. S. Orton, et al. M. T. Roman, A. Mainzer, J. I. Moses, I. de Pater, and P. G. Irwin. 2021. "Longitudinal variations in the stratosphere of Uranus from the Spitzer infrared spectrometer." Icarus 365 114506 [10.1016/j.icarus.2021.114506]

    Trilling, D. E., C. Lisse, D. P. Cruikshank, et al. J. P. Emery, Y. Fernández, L. N. Fletcher, D. P. Hamilton, H. B. Hammel, A. W. Harris, M. Mueller, G. S. Orton, Y. J. Pendleton, W. T. Reach, N. Rowe-Gurney, M. Skrutskie, and A. Verbiscer. 2020. "Spitzer’s Solar System studies of asteroids, planets and the zodiacal cloud." Nature Astronomy 4 (10): 940-946 [10.1038/s41550-020-01221-y]

    Sinclair, J., G. Orton, L. Fletcher, et al. M. Roman, I. de Pater, T. Encrenaz, H. Hammel, R. Giles, T. Velusamy, J. Moses, P. Irwin, T. Momary, N. Rowe-Gurney, and F. Tabataba-Vakili. 2020. "Spatial structure in Neptune’s 7.90-μm stratospheric CH4 emission, as measured by VLT-VISIR." Icarus 345 113748 [10.1016/j.icarus.2020.113748]

    Roman, M. T., L. N. Fletcher, G. S. Orton, N. Rowe-Gurney, and P. G. Irwin. 2020. "Uranus in Northern Midspring: Persistent Atmospheric Temperatures and Circulations Inferred from Thermal Imaging." The Astronomical Journal 159 (2): 45 [10.3847/1538-3881/ab5dc7]

    Antuñano, A., L. N. Fletcher, G. S. Orton, et al. H. Melin, J. H. Rogers, J. Harrington, P. T. Donnelly, N. Rowe‐Gurney, and J. S. Blake. 2018. "Infrared Characterization of Jupiter's Equatorial Disturbance Cycle." Geophysical Research Letters 45 (20): [10.1029/2018gl080382]

    Non-Refereed

    Dahl, E. K., S. Brueshaber, R. G. Cosentino, et al. C. Palotai, N. Rowe-Gurney, R. Sankar, K. Sayanagi, S. Aslam, K. Baines, E. Barth, N. J. Chanover, L. N. Fletcher, S. Guerlet, H. Hammel, M. Hofstadter, A. Hyder, E. Leonard, T. A. Livengood, T. Momary, G. Orton, I. de Pater, K. Retherford, J. Sinclair, K. Soderlund, L. Spilker, L. Sromovsky, and M. H. Wong. 2021. "Ice Giant Atmospheric Science." BAAS 53 (4): e-id. 264 [10.3847/25c2cfeb.97316a54]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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