People - Adrian McDonald - Physics and Astronomy - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Adrian McDonald


Associate Professor of Physics
Group Leader of the McDonald Group


PhD (Aberystwyth, Wales)


604, Physics and Astronomy

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364-2281
Internal Phone: 6281

Postal address:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Canterbury,
Private Bag 4800,
New Zealand


I was born in Birmingham (UK) in 1971 and completed a Physics BSc (Hons) at University College Swansea and then completed my PhD in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Wales Aberystwyth with Prof. Lance Thomas. After my PhD, I completed my first postdoctoral position at the Department of Physics at University of Wales Aberystwythand then moved to the Department of Geography at University of Leicester to study optical remote sensing of the Earth's surface. This led to a further postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of Sheffield (UK) focussed on the usage of synthetic aperture radar data.I then moved into an industrial setting, working at Alenia Marconi Systems as a Systems Engineer where I helped research the use of monopulse radar systems. In November 2001, I took up a post as a Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and have remained at UC since.

Curriculum vitae

Undergraduate Courses

  • PHYS101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves and Thermal Physics
  • PHYS102 Engineering Physics B: Electromagnetism, Modern Physics and 'How Things Work'
  • PHYS205 Semester 1 Waves, Optics and Mechanics
  • PHYS326 Classical Mechanics and Symmetry Principles
  • PHYS381 Advanced Experimental Physics and Astronomy

Graduate Courses

  • PHYS419 Atmospheric, Oceanic and Climate Dynamics

Supervision of thesis students







Post-Doctoral Research Scientists

Department Administration

  • Department Teaching Committee (Chair)
  • Member of Advisory Group


UC Research Profile

or See my Google Scholar page here

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    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140,
    New Zealand.
    Phone: +64 3 364 2523
    Fax: +64 3 364 2469
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