Office: JHN 266
Interests: Space plasma physics, dusty plasmas, and atmospheric electrodynamics
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 (wwlln.net/new/map) 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" -- http://www.washington.edu/news/2016/11/10/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 -- http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2015/nrl-rocket-experiment-tests-effects-of-dusty-plasma-on-the-ionosphere