Dr Leigh FletcherExploring the Realm of the Giants

Dr Leigh Fletcher is a Royal Society Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leicester, specialising in remote sensing of extreme environments found within giant planet systems, both in our solar system and around other stars.

He is an expert in the exploration of planetary atmospheres and climate using the synthesis of data from ground-based observatories, space telescopes and visiting spacecraft.

He is a co-investigator on the Cassini mission to Saturn and an interdisciplinary Scientist on European Space Agency's (ESA) Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission.

Dr Fletcher studied Natural Science at Emmanuel College Cambridge, before moving to Oxford's Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics department for a PhD in planetary science, which earned him the Royal Astronomical Society's Keith Runcorn prize for "Best UK Thesis". Since then he has worked as NASA fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and as a Research Fellow in Oxford.

Dr Fletcher was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society's Winton Capital Award "for exceptionally promising early career development" in Geophysics in 2011. He was awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) in 2012 and was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow in Radio and Space Plasma Physics (RSPP) group at the University of Leicester in 2015.

You can follow his research on Twitter (@LeighFletcher)