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Andreas Keiling

Research PhysicistUniversity of California – BerkeleySpace Sciences Laboratory
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Born in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Andreas Keiling was an undergraduate student at Imperial College, London, before moving to the University of Minnesota, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2001. Following a two-year postdoctoral position at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, he moved to the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, where he currently works as a Research Physicist. Dr. Keiling has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of Maryland-University College, and was a visiting researcher at institutions in Japan and Korea. He has published on a broad range of topics within space physics, including two comprehensive review articles, and he has been the editor of four scientific books.




1. Keiling, A., O. Marghitu, and M. Wheatland (eds.): Electric Currents in Geospace and Beyond, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ., 2018. (568 pages)

2. Keiling, A., D.-H. Lee, and V. Nakariakov (eds.): Low-Frequency Waves in Space Plasmas, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ., 2016. (528 pages)

3. Keiling, A., C. Jackson, and P. Delamere (eds.): Magnetotails in the Solar System, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ., 2014. (424 pages)

4. Keiling, A., E. Donovan, F. Bagenal, and T. Karlsson (eds.): Auroral Phenomenology and Magnetospheric Processes: Earth and other Planets, AGU Books, Washington, DC, 2012. (443 pages)



1. Keiling, A., Alfvén Waves and Their Roles in the Dynamics of the Earth’s Magnetotail: A Review, Space Science Reviews, 142, 73-156, doi:10.1007/s11214-008-9463-8, 2009. (84 pages)

2. Keiling, A., and K. Takahashi, Review of Pi2 Models, Space Science Reviews, 161, 63-148, doi:10.1007/s11214-011-9818-4, 2011. (86 pages)

3. Keiling, A., The Dynamics of the Alfvenic Oval, The Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 219, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2021.105616, 2021. (25 pages)



1. Casting light on the aurora  (The Japan Times)

2. Northern Lights  (Discovering Lewis & Clark)

3. Magnetic ‘slinky effect’ may power aurora  (AAAS)

4. “Space Tornadoes” Power the Northern Lights  (Discover Magazine)

5. Auroras from “Space Tornadoes”  (Sky & Telescope)

6. Electric Currents in Outer Space Run the Show  (EOS-AGU)

7. Alfvén Waves: When Earth’s Shield Comes under Attack  (Scientia)

8. Plasma mythology  (Thunderbolts)