Funding Sources

Apr 2017 – Mar 2022

European Research Council Consolidator Grant

European Research Council

Leicester’s Planetary Atmospheres team is supported by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (GIANTCLIMES), awarded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No. 723890.
Apr 2016

STFC Consolidated Grant

Science and Technology Facilities Council

STFC supported Dr. Fletcher’s PhD thesis at Oxford, and has since supported PDRAs and Studentships at the University of Leicester.
Jan 2013 – Dec 2020

Royal Society University Research Fellowship

Royal Society

Royal Society URF (5 years) and URF Extension (3 years) to support giant planet research at the Universities of Oxford and Leicester.
Jan 2013 – Dec 2020

Royal Society Research Grants

Royal Society

Research grants from the Royal Society have supported PhD studentships at Oxford and Leicester.


August 2015 – Present

Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester

Research funded by the Royal Society, European Research Council, and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
January 2010 – August 2015

Royal Society Research Fellow (URF)

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, University of Oxford

Research fellowships funded by the Royal Society and a Glasstone Science Fellowship
January 2008 – January 2010

NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Giant planet observations from Earth-based telescopes working with Dr. Glenn Orton.


Oct 2016

Harold C. Urey Prize

Division of Planetary Sciences

Jun 2010

Winton Capital Postdoctoral Award

Royal Astronomical Society

Feb 2008

Keith Runcorn Thesis Prize

Royal Astronomical Society

Publications, Reviews, and Presentations


Reviewing & Panel Membership activities.

Professional Talks

Invited and contributed talks at national and international meetings.

News & Views Articles

News & Views, Book Reviews, and Popular Science Articles.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Peer-reviewed journal articles.

Technical Publications

Technical publications, white papers, and mission proposals.


Ice Giants

Ice giant atmospheres from ground-based telescopes and JWST.

Jupiter's Climate Variability

Jupiter’s long-term atmospheric cycles from ground-based telescopes.

Saturn's Seasonal Atmosphere

Exploring Saturn’s seasons from Cassini and ground-based telescopes.


I supervise graduate (PhD) students, Masters research projects (4th year undergraduates) and advanced reading projects, and 3rd-year BA projects.

In addition, I manage the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) on behalf of the Physics and Astronomy Department.

I have previously served as a tutor for Atmospheric and Climate Physics, Astrophysics, Fluid Flows and Complexity, Exoplanet Atmospheres.


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