Parker is a Ph.D. candidate in the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department.
He has researched the Io plasma torus at Jupiter with Dr. Fran Bagenal [1], FUV flares on accreting protostars with Dr. Kevin France [2], as well as FUV sounding rocket instrumentation under Dr. France [3]. Parker now studies how magnetic fields shield (or don’t) planetary atmospheres from escape with dave, with an initial focus on the Earth’s atmosphere during geomagnetic reversal. Parker has also enjoyed taking part in numerous occultation observing campaigns across the world in support of the Lucy and New Horizons spacecrafts. He has worked for Lockheed Martin and also enjoys teaching introductory astronomy at CU when scheduling permits.

Advisor: David Brain

Selected publications:
[1] Hinton, P. C., Bagenal, F., & Bonfond, B. (2019), Alfvén wave propagation in the Io plasma torus. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 1242– 1249.
[2] Hinton, P.C. et al (2022), Far-ultraviolet Flares on Accreting Protostars: Weak and Classical T Tauri Stellar Pair Analysis, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 939,
[3] Hinton, P. C., et al (2021), New Far-Ultraviolet Reflectivity Measurements from ALD-Deposited Mirror Coatings. SPIE proceedings, Optics and Photonics,

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