December 18, 2018

Heliospheric Members

Below is a listing of the members of the Heliospheric group at the Space Sciences Lab. The groups Associate Directors are Pascal Saint-Hilaire and Phyllis Whittlesey.

William Abbett

Senior Fellow

I am currently a Senior Fellow and Research Physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley. I have a variety of research interests in the field of astrophysics, including the formation and evolution of magnetic fields in the convective envelope of stars like our Sun, the physics of magnetically driven eruptions in the solar corona (the principal drivers of space weather here at earth), the transport of radiation in solar and stellar atmospheres during strong flares, and the dynamic, magnetic, and energetic connection between the solar interior and atmosphere.

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Sam Badman

Graduate Student Researchers

I am a 3rd year physics graduate student working here at the lab in heliospheric radio physics in Prof. Stuart Bale’s group. In particular I’m interested in tracking radio bursts in the inner heliosphere. Read More…

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Stuart Bale

Professor of Physics

Stuart D. Bale received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1989 and 1994, respectively. After three years of postdoctoral work at Queen Mary College, University of London, he came to a research position at the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at Berkeley. Read More…

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David Bercik

Project Physicist

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John Bonnell

Project Physicist

John W. Bonnell has been a Research Associate and Project Physicist at SSL since October 1999.  He specializes in the design, fabrication, assembly, test, and operation of antenna systems, receivers, and  signal processing hardware for the measurement of electric fields in space.   Read More…

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Trevor Bowen

PhD Student Researcher

I received a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in May 2019 and am currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Solar and Heliospheric Physics group at SSL. Read More…

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Milo Buitrago-Casas

Graduate Student Researchers

Physicist and Master in Astronomy of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. I am currently studying Ph.D. in Physics at the University of California Berkeley. My specialty focuses on astrophysics and space science. Read More…

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George Fisher

Research Physicist

The physical origin of magnetic fields on the Sun and other cool stars remains one of the most important, yet least understood phenomena in astrophysics. It is also a timely research topic, since it is now known that magnetic activity changes the Sun’s luminosity and ultraviolet flux, both of which may have significant effects on the terrestrial environment. Read More…

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Gwen Hanley

Graduate Student Researchers

Gwen is a first-year PhD student in the Physics Department of the University of California Berkeley. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017. Read More…

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Lily Hanson

Graduate Student Researchers

Research interests: Analysis of in situ observations of the solar wind and collisionless shocks — and, once upon a time, in the auroral zones. Read More…

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Hugh Hudson

Research Physicist (UC); Hon. Research Fellow (U. Glasgow))

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Gordon Hurford

Research Physicist

Dr. Hurford originally came to solar physics via his work in microwave radio interferometry. He stayed in the world of indirect imaging, applying his skills to solar X-ray/gamma-ray imaging techniques: he was the Imager Scientist for RHESSI, and is the Imager Scientist for the Solar Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX), on board ESA’s Solar Orbiter.

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Säm Krucker

Senior Fellow

My main scientific interests are in problems of plasma astrophysics, especially solar and heliospheric physics, from an observational and experimental point of view. Studying the Sun and the heliosphere has an essential advantage over studying other astrophysical objects in that detailed spatially resolved observations and even in-situ observations can be obtained. Read More…

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Davin Larson

Project Scientist

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Christina Lee

Assistant Research Physicist

Dr. Lee is currently an Assistant Research Scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Christina works in the Space Physics Research Group (SPRG) on a variety of space-related research projects. Read More…

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Yan Li

Associate Research Physicist

Yan is an Associate Research Physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory. She has been working on CMEs and ICMEs through the analysis of solar imaging data and solar wind in situ observational data. Read More…

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Roberto Livi

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Benjamin Lynch

Dr. Lynch is an Associate Research Physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory. Dr. Lynch joined SSL in 2006 as an NSF SHINE postdoctoral scholar and worked on numerical MHD simulations of the breakout model for CME initiation, including characterizing the time evolution of the magnetic flux content of the CME ejecta during the eruptive-flare process and the overall rotation effects the large-scale coherent flux rope fields experience during propagation through the low corona. Read More…

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Juan Carlos Martinez Oliveros

Juan is a Colombian astronomer working in solar physics. He studied astronomy and astrophysics at the Saint Petersburg State University, in the faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics, receiving the degree of Msc in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2004. Read More…

Michael McManus

Graduate Student Researchers

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