Prof Valentina Zharkova

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

I am a Professor in Mathematics at Northumbria University. I have BSc/MSc in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy, a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, certificate in project management.

I graduated from the National University of Kyiv, Ukraine in 1975 with a BSc/M.Sc. first class with distinction degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics (joint honours). In 19I75-1978 worked as Junior researcher at Physics and Applied Maths Department, then moved to the Solar Division of the Main Astronomical Observatory, Kyiv, Ukraine for my Ph.D. studies in Applied Mathematics/Solar Theory. After successfully defending my thesis in non-LTE radiative transfer entitled “Hydrogen emission in quiescent solar prominences with filamentary structure”, I worked at Space Science Laboratory, Physics Department, National University of Kyiv as junior researcher, lecturer/researcher senior lecturer/senior researcher (1978-1994). In 1992 I joined the Astronomy Group of Glasgow University as the Senior Royal Society visitor, then a Research Fellow (1993-1999). In 2000 I became a Lecturer at the University of Bradford, in 2002 I was appointed to a Reader and in 2005 to a Professor in Applied Mathematics. From September 2013 I joined the Northumbria University as a Professor in Mathematics.

Key Publications

  • Non-thermal hydrogen Lyman line and continuum emission in solar flares generated by electron beams, Druett, M., Zharkova, V. Mar 2019, In: Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Oscillations of the baseline of solar magnetic field and solar irradiance on a millennial timescale, Zharkova, V., Shepherd, S., Zharkov, S., Popova, E. 24 Jun 2019, In: Scientific Reports
  • HYDRO2GEN: Non-thermal hydrogen Balmer and Paschen emission in solar flares generated by electron beams, Druett, M., Zharkova, V. Feb 2018, In: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Lost and found sunquake in the 6 September 2011 flare caused by beam electrons, MacRae, C., Zharkov, S., Zharkova, V., Druett, M., Matthews, S., Karate, T. Nov 2018, In: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • On a role of quadruple component of magnetic field in defining solar activity in grand cycles, Popova, E., Zharkova, V., Shepherd, S., Zharkov, S. Sep 2018, In: Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
  • Particle acceleration in coalescent and squashed magnetic islands, Xia, Q., Zharkova, V. Dec 2018, In: Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Reply to comment on the paper “ on a role of quadruple component of magnetic field in defining solar activity in grand cycles” by Usoskin (2017), Zharkova, V., Shepherd, S., Popova, E., Zharkov, S. Sep 2018, In: Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
  • Beam Electrons as a source of Hα Flare Ribbons, Druett, M., Scullion, E., Zharkova, V., Matthews, S., Zharkov, S., van de Voort, L. 27 Jun 2017, In: Nature Communications
  • Updated analytical solutions of continuity equation for electron beams precipitation – II. Mixed energy losses, Zharkova, V., Dobranskis, R. 1 Jun 2016, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society


  • Additional acceleration of solar-wind particles in current sheets of the heliosphere, Zharkova, V., Khabarova, O. 9 Apr 2015, In: Annales Geophysicae (ANGEO)


Research Themes and Scholarly Interests


I have a wide range of research interests in solar and solar-terrestrial plasma physics, solar/medical imaging and pattern recognition/ classification. In general, I am interested in:

Solutions of non-linear partial differential equations (PDEs):
– particle motion in 3D magnetic field topology
– Fokker-Planck equations for particle precipitation
– radiative transfer PDEs for multi-level atoms

Solutions of systems of non-linear PDEs:
– two fluid hydrodynamics,
– multi-elements radiative transfer,
– Particle-in-Cell (PIC) (joint solutions motion PDE with Maxwell equations)

– Magnetic Topology during magnetic reconnection
– Impact Excitation/Ionisation by thermal and non-thermal electrons/protons
– Automated pattern recognition on full disk solar images
– Artificial Intelligence Methods
– Solar activity patterns derived from long series (>36 years) of full disk magnetograms
– Classification of solar activity patterns with Artificial Intelligence methods (ANN, MCMC etc.)
– Interpretation of solar activity patterns with Parker’s two layer solar dynamo model
– Pattern recognition and classification in EGSO (EU funded project) – Solar Feature Catalogues

More information on the research carried by Prof. Zharkova can be found here.

Patrick Albert Moore

Patrick Albert Moore (born June 15, 1947) is a Canadian industry consultant, former activist, and past president of Greenpeace Canada. Since leaving Greenpeace in 1986, Moore has criticized the environmental movement for what he sees as scare tactics and disinformation, saying that the environmental movement “abandoned science and logic in favour of emotion and sensationalism”. According to Greenpeace, Moore is “a paid spokesman for the nuclear industry, the logging industry, and genetic engineering industry” who “exploits long-gone ties with Greenpeace to sell himself as a speaker and pro-corporate spokesperson”.


Since leaving Greenpeace, Moore has frequently taken sharp public stances against a number of major environmental groups, including Greenpeace itself, on many issues including forestry, nuclear energy, genetically modified organisms, and pesticide use. Moore has also denied the consensus of the scientific community on climate change, having stated that increased carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is beneficial, that there is no proof that anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are responsible for global warming, and that even if true, the increased temperature would be beneficial to life on Earth. These views are contrary to the scientific consensus on the effects of global warming, which is expected to have a significant and irreversible negative impact on climate and weather events around the world, posing severe risks like ocean acidification and sea-level rise to human society and to other organisms.

Dr Patrick A Moore Ph.D

Born Patrick Albert Moore

June 15, 1947

Port Alice, British Columbia, Canada

Residence Winter Harbour, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Education ·     University of British Columbia (Ph.D., 1974)

·     University of British Columbia (B.Sc., 1969)

Scientific career
Institutions ·     Ecosense Environmental Inc.

·     Greenspirit Strategies

·     Greenpeace (former)

Thesis Administration of Pollution Control in British Columbia: A Focus on the Mining Industry (1974)
Doctoral advisors ·     Hamish Kimmins

·     C.S. Holling


Ryan M. Yonk

Ryan M. Yonk is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and Assistant Research Professor of Economics and Finance at Utah State University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Georgia State University, and he was formerly Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University.

Professor Ryan’s articles have appeared in such scholarly journals as Public Choice, The Independent Review, Political Perspectives, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and Journal of Public and Municipal Finance.

His books include Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment, Petitioners as a Reflection of Society? A Study of Typology and Policy (with S. Reilly), Green Vs. Green: Conflicts in Environmental Priorities (with Randy Simmons and Brian Steed), and Political Ecology (with Randy Simmons and Brian Steed, forthcoming). He is also the author of policy reports for the U.S. Department of Energy, Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics at Utah State University, Utah Taxpayers Foundation, and Public Service Commission.

Nature Unbound 2016

Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment | Ryan M. Yonk May 11, 2016
The True Cost of Wind | Ryan M. Yonk June 4, 2015

Independent Review Articles
From Equality and the Rule of Law to the Collapse of Egalitarianism Summer 2017
Bootleggers, Baptists, and Political Entrepreneurs Winter 2010/11

Commentary Articles
We’re Winning Fire Fights, but Losing the War September 6, 2016
Leave Politics Outside Of National Parks August 26, 2016
Solyndra and the Obama Legacy August 8, 2016
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Executive Summary
Five Ways Trump Can Improve Environmental Policy February 20, 2017

Congressional Testimony
Risky Business: The DOE Loan Guarantee Program March 6, 2017

Book Review
Nature Unbound is Reviewed in the Journal of Economic Literature February 6, 2017

Eric Rodger Pianka (born January 23, 1939) is an American herpetologist and evolutionary ecologist

Dr Susan J. Crockford

Susan J. Crockford

Susan Janet Crockford (born 1954) is a Canadian zoologist, author, and blogger specializing in Holocene mammals. From 2004 to 2019 she was an adjunct professor in Anthropology at the University of Victoria. She is best known for her blog posts on polar bear biology, which oppose the scientific consensus that polar bears are threatened by ongoing climate change.
Early life and education
Crockford first gained her interest in the Arctic in elementary school, when she read about Inuit life and Arctic fauna. Her scientific interest in the Arctic was stoked when she received her first Alaskan Malamute at age eleven.[4]

Crockford received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology at the University of British Columbia in 1976 and her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Victoria in 2004. Differing from a normal Zoology degree, she chose to focus on speciation in mammals, with a focus on thyroid function.

Susan Janet Crockford (born 1954) is a Canadian zoologist, author, and blogger specializing in Holocene mammals. From 2004 to 2019 she was an adjunct professor in Anthropology at the University of Victoria. She is best known for her blog posts on polar bear biology, which oppose the scientific consensus that polar bears are threatened by ongoing climate change


A 33,000 year old canid skull from Siberia analyzed by Pacific Identifications.
In 1988, Crockford, along with colleagues Rebecca Wigen and Gay Frederick, founded the contracting company Pacific Identifications Inc. in Victoria. The company specializes in offering bone and shell analysis of skeletal elements of fish, mammals and birds from western North America and maintains a prominent library of reference animal remains. Since the start of her career, she has worked primarily through paid contracts for specific work on a variety of topics.


In 2006, she published the book Rhythms of Life: Thyroid Hormone and the Origin of Species, explaining the effect of thyroid hormone secretion upon evolutionary change.[6] She hypothesized that the thyroid is the key to controlling species-specific growth and for maintaining homeostatic conditions for individuals. The species-specific flow of hormones would therefore be the root cause of why—for example—a chimpanzee would develop into a chimpanzee while in its mother’s womb, instead of a human, despite possessing 99% of the same genes. The most controversial portion of her book was the challenge to the idea that humans alone domesticated animals. She argued species adapted to fulfill the ecological niche provided by becoming the companions of humans or by living within their communities.


Crockford is a specialist on the evolutionary history of dogs, especially in regards to their domestication and speciation. In 2007, she was called upon as the scientific consultant for the PBS documentary, Dogs that Changed the World, focused upon the domestication of dogs. In the two-part documentary, she was called upon multiple times to give insight into the process of domestication and the emergence of dogs as a separate species from wolves. She has also written several peer-reviewed papers on this topic.

Polar bears

Crockford blogs about polar bears.
Crockford has been a constant voice of disagreement with the mainstream opinions of polar bear scientists, notably Steven Amstrup and Ian Stirling, regarding polar bears’ current status and level of endangerment. Declining levels of summer sea ice and the corresponding levels of polar bear population decline from 2004-2010 was published in a study and used for the popularization of the polar bear as the symbol for climate change. Crockford suggests that the decline in the polar bear population was in fact caused by unusually thick spring ice that year, a recurring trend every decade for the past century, which led to a shortage of their preferred prey, ringed seals. Either the subsequent seal shortage or declining ice levels was the cause of an approximately 40% decrease in polar bear numbers in the Beaufort Sea area. She charges that this study, which only used data up to 2010, despite being available until 2013, used cherry picked results due to an undisclosed conflict of interest to cause the species to be categorized as “Threatened” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s 2015 Red List. A response to her op-ed was written by Amstrup and Andrew Derocher, to which she replied on her blog.


Crockford is a signatory of the International Conference on Climate Change’s 2008 Manhattan Declaration, which states that “Carbon dioxide and other ‘greenhouse gas’ emissions from human activity…appear to have only a very small impact on global climate,” and “Global cooling has presented serious problems for human society and the environment throughout history while global warming has generally been highly beneficial.” Between at least 2011 and 2013, she received payment from The Heartland Institute, in the form of $750 per month, which Crockford states was to provide summaries of published papers that might not have been covered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. This payment has been construed as an undisclosed conflict of interest, by blogs such as Desmog Blog. Her response to such claims was a disclosure of the job description, how much she was paid, and the duration of the contract.

Although polar bear scientists disagree with Crockford’s claims, her blog has been widely cited by websites that either deny or are skeptical of climate change, with over 80% citing it as their primary source of information on polar bears. Critics point out that none of Crockford’s claims regarding the effects of climate change on polar bears has undergone peer review, nor has she ever published any peer-reviewed articles whose main focus is polar bears.

In 2018, Crockford published the State of the Polar Bear Report 2017 for the Global Warming Policy Foundation. In 2019, Crockford published a follow-up and updated report the State of the Polar Bear Report 2018.

After 15 years as an adjunct professor, University of Victoria did not renew her contract in May 2019, possibly for her climate change views.