Amethyst Johnson


About me

I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2020, with a 1st class BSc in Environmental Science. During my degree, I gained an interest in atmospheric science through a severe convection research project with Professor David Schultz, which allowed me to develop my interest in meteorology. My next project was my third year dissertation, working with Professor Thomas Choularton and Dr Karen Aplin (University of Bristol) estimating the charges on aerosols near the surface of Venus.


Conference appearances

  • “The global distribution and interannual variability of severe convective storm environments”
    • 2019 – Royal Meteorological Society Student & Early Career Scientists Conference


  • “Estimating the charges on aerosols near the surface of Venus”
    • 2019 – CTR Wilson Institute for Atmospheric Electricity annual meeting
    • 2020 – Royal Astronomical Society Planetary Atmospheres Meeting (mentioned in Fletcher, 2020. ‘Meeting report: There’s something in the air’, Astronomy & Geophysics, 61:3, pp. 3.20-3.25)
    • 2020 – Royal Meteorological Society Student & Early Career Scientists Conference


Society memberships

  • Associate Fellow – Royal Meteorological Society
  • Member, Graduate Student – American Meteorological Society
  • Member – Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO)
  • Fellow – Royal Astronomical Society
  • Associate Member – European Astronomical Society


Society duties

  • 2018-2020: RMetS student ambassador for the University of Manchester
  • 2019-2020: American Meteorological Society beta website tester
  • 2019-2020: RMetS Student & Early Career Scientist 2020 committee member; chair of the Dynamics oral session & photography competition
  • 2020-2023: RMetS Board of Membership Development representative for students & early career scientists

Research interests

As of October 2020, I am studying for a PhD titled ‘Investigating boundary layer processes in tropical cyclones in the Met Office Operational Forecasting Model’. This project is supervised by Dr Juliane Schwendike and Dr Andrew Ross at the University of Leeds; Dr Adrian Lock and Dr John Edwards of the Met Office; and Dr Jeff Kepert of the Bureau of Meteorology.


  • BSc Environmental Science (1st class) - University of Manchester