Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Plasma transport in the ionosphere and magnetosphere of the Earth and other solar system bodies.
- Energetic particle transport in the Earth’s inner magnetosphere
- Electron and ion transport in the Mars space environment
- Kinetic theory and modeling
- Interactions between hot and cold plasma components
- Plasmaspheric dynamics and modeling
- Ring current dynamics and modeling
- Global magnetospheric dynamics and modeling
- Mars pick-up ion sources, motion, and fate
- Solar wind and photoelectrons in the strong crustal field region of Mars
- Plasma wave excitation and wave-particle interactions
- Giant planet plasma dynamics
- Solar wind electron physics
Prospective PhD students: I typically have 3 or 4 PhD students at any one time, which means that I take a new grad student most years. My current projects span global magnetospheric dynamics, energetic particle transport, and MI-coupling for the space environments of not only Earth but also other planets.
Prospective undergrad researchers: I typically have 1 or 2 undergrad students working on directed research projects, via SPACE 499. After a term or two, if the working relationship is mutually agreeable, then I will sometimes continue supporting an undergrad researcher as an hourly employee.
Some recent/big service roles:
- NASA Heliophysics Advisory Committee, Chair (2018-present; member since 2014)
- AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy Section Executive Committee, 2013–present
- JGR-Space Physics Editor-in-Chief, December 2013–present
- NASA Jack Eddy Steering Committee, 2018–present
- AGU Meetings Committee, 2017–present
- NSF GEM Strategic Planning White Paper Task Force, 2012–2013
- NAS/NRC Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics, SWMI Panel and Education Working Group, 2010-2011
- Chair, NSF GEM Steering Committee, 2009–2011
- Chair, CLaSP/AOSS Alumni & Friends committee, 20013–2018
- U-M ADVANCE office STRIDE committee, 2019–present
- PhD committees chaired or co-chaired: 7 successfully defended (Xiaohua Fang, Jichun Zhang, Xia Cai, Raluca Ilie, Shannon Curry, Roxanne Katus, Shaosui Xu, Lois Smith, and Blake Johnson) and 6 in progress (Sinh Trung from Physics, Alicia Petersen, Abby Azari, Alex Shane, Brian Swiger, and Agnit Mukhopadhyay)
- U-M College of Engineer Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, 2019
- U-M College of Engineering Monroe-Brown Foundation Education Excellence Award, 2018
- Outstanding Research Scientist Award, University of Michigan, 2002
- Refereed papers for leading peer-reviewed journals in space science and proposals for many agencies
As of March 2019, author or co-author of 204 peer-reviewed publications in print, press, or submitted (55 first author) and 578 scientific presentations (83 invited).
Please see my CV (link above) for more information about my publications and research activities.
My ISI Web of Science ResearcherID number is H-8703-2012.
My ORCID number is 0000-0002-7039-2631.