Michael Barnes is an Associate Professor based in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford. His primary research interest is magnetised plasma turbulence, with applications in magnetic confinement fusion and space/astrophysical systems. He is also interested in computational physics, and his research often sits at the boundary between analytic theory and advanced computing. Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Arkansas in 2003 and his PhD in Physics from the University of Maryland in 2008. He then went on to hold postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) before becoming an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Physics Department at Oxford in 2014.