- PhD Physics, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), 2011
- MSc. & BSc. Astrophysics, Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary), 2007
- BA Professional English Translator, Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary), 2007
Dr. Larisza Krista earned a MSc degree in astrophysics from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary. In 2011 she completed her PhD on solar coronal holes and high-speed solar wind streams at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. The same year she moved to Boulder to accept a research scientist position at the University of Colorado. She studies the open magnetic field regions of the Sun: the long-lived, quiescent (coronal holes) and the eruptive, transient open field regions (solar dimmings). She also investigates their heliospheric counterparts, space weather effects and how they influence the global reconfiguration of the solar magnetic field over the solar cycle. Her latest project focuses on identifying flares using high spatial resolution EUV observations and forecasting them significantly earlier than previously possible.