Brief Bio

Dr. Dawkins is a PHaSER researcher involved in a variety of project working in the The Ionosphere, Thermosphere, Mesosphere Physics Laboratory (code 675) of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Her main research interests are in satellite remote sensing, and the use of whole atmosphere models to better understand the Earth’s neutral upper atmosphere, in addition to a growing interest in expanding her approaches to the lunar environment.    In this talk she will give a primer of the terrestrial atmosphere, and explain why it is critical that we study this oft-neglected MLT region.

As the boundary between Earth and space, the upper mesosphere/lower thermosphere (75-110 km, MLT) represents a key transition region. The study of this region is imperative for understanding key processes and phenomena relevant to both the Earth’s neutral atmosphere as a whole, as well as within the near-space environment.

Research Interests
  • Temperature Data with Ground-based Lidars
  • Global datasets of sodium densities in the mesosphere
  • Long-term trends in the mesospheric metal layers
  • Testing Operational Forecast Model and Satellite Precipitation Datasets
  • PhD - Atmospheric satellite remote sensing - University of Leeds (UK) - 2014
  • MSc - Applied Meteorology and Climatology - University of Birmingham (UK) - 2010
  • MBiolSci - Zoology - University of Sheffield (UK) - 2008
  • NASA GSFC Sciences and Exploration Directorate Team Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity - 2021
  • NASA Robert H. Goddard Award for Exceptional Achievement in Mentoring - 2020
  • NASA Heliophysics Science Division - Peer Award - 2017
  • Women of Achievement 2016 - Roll of Honour list - University of Leeds (UK) - 2016
  • IUGG/IAGA Young Scientist Award - 2015
  • Postgraduate Researcher Publication Award 2014/15 - University of Leeds (UK) - School of Earth and Environment - 2015
  • Poster Prize - National Centre for Earth Observation (UK) Early Career Scientist Conference - 2014
  • Bursary (~€2.7k) - National Centre for Atmospheric Science (UK) to attend European Research Course on Atmospheres - 2012

Dawkins, E. C., A. Feofilov, L. Rezac, et al. 2018. "Validation of SABER v2.0 Operational Temperature Data with Ground-based Lidars in the Mesosphere-Lower Thermosphere Region (75-105 km).." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, (In Press) [10.1029/2018jd028742]

Langowski, M. P., C. von Savigny, J. P. Burrows, et al. 2017. "Comparison of Global Datasets of Sodium Densities in the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere from GOMOS, SCIAMACHY and OSIRIS Measurements and WACCM Model Simulations from 2008 to 2012." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions, 1-24 [10.5194/amt-2016-416]

Dawkins, E., J. M. Plane, M. P. Chipperfield, et al. 2016. "Solar cycle response and long-term trends in the mesospheric metal layers." JGR- Space Physics, [10.1002/2016JA022522]

Dawkins, E., J. M. Plane, M. P. Chipperfield, and W. Feng. 2015. "The near-global mesospheric potassium layer: Observations and modeling." Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, [10.1002/2015JD023212]

Feng, W., J. Höffner, D. R. Marsh, et al. 2015. "Diurnal variation of the potassium layer in the upper atmosphere." Geophysical Research Letters, [10.1002/2015GL063718]

Plane, J. M., W. Feng, and E. Dawkins. 2015. "The Mesosphere and Metals: Chemistry and Changes." Chemical Reviews, [10.1021/cr500501m]

Dawkins, E., J. M. Plane, M. P. Chipperfield, et al. 2014. "First global observations of the mesospheric potassium layer." Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (15): 5653–5661 [10.1002/2014GL060801]

Plane, J. M., W. Feng, E. Dawkins, et al. 2014. "Resolving the strange behaviour of extra-terrestrial potassium in the upper atmosphere." Geophysical Research Letters, 41: [10.1002/2014GL060334]

Kidd, C., E. Dawkins, and G. J. Huffman. 2013. "Comparison of Precipitation Derived from the ECMWF Operational Forecast Model and Satellite Precipitation Datasets." J. Hydrometeor., 14 (5): 1463-1482 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1175/JHM-D-12-0182.1]