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Todd Anderson
Graduate Student
Office: JHN 266
Email: [javascript protected email address]
Interests: Space plasma physics, dusty plasmas, and atmospheric electrodynamics

Research Interests
I am primarily interested in perturbations of the Earth-ionosphere waveguide caused by both terrestrial (e.g. lightning) and extraterrestrial sources (e.g. solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections). I use the World Wide Lightning Location Network ( to locate lightning strokes and characterize thunderstorms. Global thunderstorm area will be correlated with fair-weather return current in an upcoming balloon campaign to study the Global Electric Circuit. I also use lightning strokes, as well as VLF radio transmitters, as radio sources to investigate radio wave propagation within the Earth-ionosphere waveguide.
In The News
Hannah Hickey, UWToday: "How Lightning Strikes Can Improve Storm Forecasts" -- Naval Research Laboratory press release about the Charged Aerosol Release Experiment II (CARE II) rocket launch on 9/16/2015 --