Bonnie is Professor of Astrodynamics and Director of the Graduate School at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has over 25 years experience as a researcher, research leader and senior university manager, leading the development of researchers at university, national and international levels. As Director, she is responsible for the strategic leadership and delivery of the Graduate School, supporting the researcher development of over 500 research students and the research staff at GCU.
She conducts research into celestial mechanics, solar system dynamics, and chaotic systems applied to planetary systems and stellar clusters. She has been Director of four International Advanced Study Institutes in Astrodynamics held across Europe, and is the co-editor of five graduate textbooks. In the last UK RAE2008 Applied Mathematics unit of assessment she was the only group entry of one, to receive world class (4*) and international excellence (3*) ratings for her research output.
Originally from Canada, she received two first class degrees: a BSc in Physics and Astronomy and a BA in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia. Winning a UK Overseas Research Scholarship, she completed her PhD in Celestial Mechanics at the University of Glasgow. After two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, she joined the Department of Mathematics at GCU in 1991. She was promoted on merit to Senior Lecturer in 1997, Reader in 2002 and Professor in 2006.
From 2002 - 2006, she was the first Associate Dean of Research and Knowledge Transfer for the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at GCU, responsible for the development of the School’s research, income generation, knowledge transfer and commercialisation activities. In 2006 she took on the exciting new role of creating and leading Scotland’s first university wide Graduate School.
Under her leadership, the Graduate School at GCU was winner of the UK Times Higher Education Award in 2010 for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers, with Universities Scotland partners. In 2009 and 2010, the Graduate School was rated by students as first in Scotland*.
*IBarometer student survey