UNH Physics Alumna Morgan O’Neill Becomes Assistant Professor at Stanford University in 2018

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Morgan O'Neill
Morgan O’Neill at the Baltic Sea during her summer 2007 UNH IROP adventure in Poland.
Morgan O’Neill will start as Assistant Professor for severe weather and climate at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences of Stanford University in Fall 2018. She received her BS in Physics at the University of New Hampshire in 2009 as a Tyco Fellow. Morgan was highly motivated, extremely productive and dynamic. She handled courses, music, and research. She helped bring the IBEX Star Sensor from concept to flight operation during her 4-year undergraduate career, while collaborating with another undergraduate student George Clark, whom she helped recruit to join the project. She also spent a summer at the Space Research Centre in Warsaw, working on IBEX Star Sensor software, which served as the basis of her Bachelor of Science Thesis.

In her graduate studies, Morgan turned to atmospheric physics, in which she earned her PhD at the MIT hurricane center in 2014. She modeled hurricanes on Earth and Jupiter, bridging her intellectual roots in Space Science with Atmospheric Physics. After expanding her hurricane research with more comparative work on dynamics in planet atmospheres at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel as a Koshland Prize Fellow, she has
recently returned to the US. Dr. O’Neill is now a T. C. Chamberlin postdoctoral fellow at the University Chicago Department of the Geophysical Sciences where she is working on the dynamics of severe storms in a range of climates, focusing on hurricane size and interactions.