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Abigail Rymer

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Space Physicist
  • HND, Observational Astronomy
    1997, University of Central Lancashire
  • BSc, Physics with Astrophysics
    1999, Royal Holloway College, University of London
  • PhD, Space Physics
    2004, MSSL-UCL

Abi Rymer is a space physicist with over 20-years experience studying the Outer Planets as part of the Cassini and Juno instrument teams. Originally from North-West England she followed a non-traditional route to academia including running a pub in Preston, Lancashire and Fine Fragrance Research with Proctor and Gamble. Abi led the multi-instrument team that identified the Enceladus auroral footprint at Saturn and has a keen interest in cross-disciplinary topics, from magnetic microbes to exoplanet atmospheres.  Most recently she led a Planetary Mission Concept Study designing a NASA Flagship to the Neptune-Triton system; participates as Co-Investigator and Working Group co-chair on the Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter; leads a Working Group to define planetary observations in support of exoplanetary research for Interstellar Probe as well as helping to start up the cross assessment group “Exoplanets in our Backyard” to promote cross-divisional research opportunities at NASA and serving the community as a committee member on the Outer Planets Assessment Group.

Scholarly Publications

Jovian Injections Observed at High Latitude

Geophysical Research Letters, 2019
D. K. Haggerty, B. H. Mauk, C. P. Paranicas, G. Clark, P. Kollmann, A. M. Rymer, G. R. Gladstone, T. K. Greathouse, S. J. Bolton, S. M. Levin, (2019), Jovian Injections Observed at High Latitude, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 16, 9397--9404, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019gl083442

High‐Energy (>10 MeV) Oxygen and Sulfur Ions Observed at Jupiter From Pulse Width Measurements of the JEDI Sensors

Geophysical Research Letters, 2019
J. H. Westlake, G. Clark, D. K. Haggerty, S. E. Jaskulek, P. Kollmann, B. H. Mauk, D. G. Mitchell, K. S. Nelson, C. P. Paranicas, A. M. Rymer, (2019), High-Energy (>10 MeV) Oxygen and Sulfur Ions Observed at Jupiter From Pulse Width Measurements of the JEDI Sensors, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 20, 10959--10966, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019gl083842

Io's effect on energetic charged particles as seen in Juno data

Geophysical Research Letters, 2019
C. Paranicas, B.H. Mauk, D.K. Haggerty, G. Clark, P. Kollmann, A.M. Rymer, J. Westlake, R.C. Allen, J. Szalay, R.W. Ebert, A.H. Sulaiman, M. Imai, E. Roussos, N. Krupp, Q. Nénon, F. Bagenal, S. Bolton, (2019), Io's effect on energetic charged particles as seen in Juno data, Geophysical Research Letters, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019gl085393

Radiation near Jupiter detected by Juno/JEDI during PJ1 and PJ3

Geophysical Research Letters, 2017
C. Paranicas, B. H. Mauk, D. K. Haggerty, G. Clark, P. Kollmann, A. M. Rymer, J. R. Szalay, D. Ranquist, F. Bagenal, S. M. Levin, J. E. P. Connerney, S. J. Bolton, (2017), Radiation near Jupiter detected by Juno/JEDI during PJ1 and PJ3, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 10, 4426--4431, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017gl072600

A heavy ion and proton radiation belt inside of Jupiter's rings

Geophysical Research Letters, 2017
P. Kollmann, C. Paranicas, G. Clark, B. H. Mauk, D. K. Haggerty, A. M. Rymer, D. Santos-Costa, J. E. P. Connerney, F. Allegrini, P. Valek, W. S. Kurth, G. R. Gladstone, S. Levin, S. Bolton, (2017), A heavy ion and proton radiation belt inside of Jupiter's rings, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 11, 5259--5268, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017gl073730

Jovian bow shock and magnetopause encounters by the Juno spacecraft

Geophysical Research Letters, 2017
G. B. Hospodarsky, W. S. Kurth, S. J. Bolton, F. Allegrini, G. B. Clark, J. E. P. Connerney, R. W. Ebert, D. K. Haggerty, S. Levin, D. J. McComas, C. Paranicas, A. M. Rymer, P. W. Valek, (2017), Jovian bow shock and magnetopause encounters by the Juno spacecraft, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 10, 4506--4512, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017gl073177

Saturn's magnetospheric refresh rate

Geophysical Research Letters, 2013
A. M. Rymer, D. G. Mitchell, T. W. Hill, E. A. Kronberg, N. Krupp, C. M. Jackman, (2013), Saturn's magnetospheric refresh rate, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 11, 2479--2483, https://doi.org/10.1002/grl.50530

The extended Saturnian neutral cloud as revealed by global ENA simulations using Cassini/MIMI measurements

Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 2013
K. Dialynas, P. C. Brandt, S. M. Krimigis, D. G. Mitchell, D. C. Hamilton, N. Krupp, A. M. Rymer, (2013), The extended Saturnian neutral cloud as revealed by global ENA simulations using Cassini/MIMI measurements, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics

The observed composition of ions outflowing from Titan

Geophysical Research Letters, 2012
J. H. Westlake, C. P. Paranicas, T. E. Cravens, J. G. Luhmann, K. E. Mandt, H. T. Smith, D. G. Mitchell, A. M. Rymer, M. E. Perry, J. H. Waite, J.-E. Wahlund, (2012), The observed composition of ions outflowing from Titan, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, 19, n/a--n/a, https://doi.org/10.1029/2012gl053079

The Cassini Enceladus encounters 2005-2010 in the view of energetic electron measurements

Icarus, 2012
K. K. Khurana, T. P. Armstrong, C. S. Arridge, G. H. Jones, A. Rymer, S. M. Krimigis, D. G. Mitchell, C. Paranicas, P. Kollmann, E. Roussos, N. Krupp, (2012), The Cassini Enceladus encounters 2005-2010 in the view of energetic electron measurements, Icarus

Transport of energetic electrons into Saturn's inner magnetosphere

Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 2010
R. E. Johnson, A. M. Rymer, P. C. Brandt, F. S. Turner, S. M. Krimigis, A. L. Mueller, N. Krupp, P. Kollmann, E. Roussos, D. G. Mitchell, C. Paranicas, (2010), Transport of energetic electrons into Saturn's inner magnetosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics

Discrete classification and electron energy spectra of Titan's varied magnetospheric environment

Geophysical Research Letters, 2009
A. M. Rymer, H. T. Smith, A. Wellbrock, A. J. Coates, D. T. Young, (2009), Discrete classification and electron energy spectra of Titan's varied magnetospheric environment, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, 15, n/a--n/a, https://doi.org/10.1029/2009gl039427

Mass of Saturn's magnetodisc: Cassini observations

Geophysical Research Letters, 2007
C. S. Arridge, C. T. Russell, K. K. Khurana, N. Achilleos, N. André, A. M. Rymer, M. K. Dougherty, A. J. Coates, (2007), Mass of Saturn's magnetodisc: Cassini observations, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, 9, https://doi.org/10.1029/2006gl028921

Preliminary interpretation of Titan plasma interaction as observed by the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer: Comparisons with Voyager 1

Geophysical Research Letters, 2006
R. E. Hartle, E. C. Sittler, F. M. Neubauer, R. E. Johnson, H. T. Smith, F. Crary, D. J. McComas, D. T. Young, A. J. Coates, D. Simpson, S. Bolton, D. Reisenfeld, K. Szego, J. J. Berthelier, A. Rymer, J. Vilppola, J. T. Steinberg, N. Andre, (2006), Preliminary interpretation of Titan plasma interaction as observed by the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer: Comparisons with Voyager 1, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, 8, https://doi.org/10.1029/2005gl024817

Plasma electrons above Saturn's main rings: CAPS observations

Geophysical Research Letters, 2005
A. J. Coates, H. J. McAndrews, A. M. Rymer, D. T. Young, F. J. Crary, S. Maurice, R. E. Johnson, R. A. Baragiola, R. L. Tokar, E. C. Sittler, G. R. Lewis, (2005), Plasma electrons above Saturn's main rings: CAPS observations, Geophysical Research Letters, 32, 14, n/a--n/a, https://doi.org/10.1029/2005gl022694

Electrostatic solitary structures associated with the November 10, 2003, interplanetary shock at 8.7 AU

Geophysical Research Letters, 2005
J. D. Williams, L.-J. Chen, W. S. Kurth, D. A. Gurnett, M. K. Dougherty, A. M. Rymer, (2005), Electrostatic solitary structures associated with the November 10, 2003, interplanetary shock at 8.7 AU, Geophysical Research Letters, 32, 17, https://doi.org/10.1029/2005gl023079

Evidence for rotationally driven plasma transport in Saturn's magnetosphere

Geophysical Research Letters, 2005
T. W. Hill, A. M. Rymer, J. L. Burch, F. J. Crary, D. T. Young, M. F. Thomsen, D. Delapp, N. André, A. J. Coates, G. R. Lewis, (2005), Evidence for rotationally driven plasma transport in Saturn's magnetosphere, Geophysical Research Letters, 32, 14, n/a--n/a, https://doi.org/10.1029/2005gl022620

Preliminary results on Saturn's inner plasmasphere as observed by Cassini: Comparison with Voyager

Geophysical Research Letters, 2005
E. C. Sittler, M. Thomsen, D. Chornay, M. D. Shappirio, D. Simpson, R. E. Johnson, H. T. Smith, A. J. Coates, A. M. Rymer, F. Crary, D. J. McComas, D. T. Young, D. Reisenfeld, M. Dougherty, N. Andre, (2005), Preliminary results on Saturn's inner plasmasphere as observed by Cassini: Comparison with Voyager, Geophysical Research Letters, 32, 14, n/a--n/a, https://doi.org/10.1029/2005gl022653