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Hui ZhangAssociate Professor Expert in the structure and dynamics of the Earth’s dayside magnetosphere
Zhang studies the structure and dynamics of the Earth’s dayside magnetosphere including the magnetosheath, magnetopause, boundary layer, cusp; energetic particle acceleration by magnetic reconnection; diffusion region physics; the interaction of interplanetary shocks with the Earth’s bow shock, magnetosphere, and the global effects resulting from the interaction, such as particle accelerations in the inner magnetosphere and magnetic pulsations on the ground; foreshock phenomena such as Hot Flow Anomalies and foreshock cavities and MHD simulations.
She worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for two years before moving to University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 2010. Author or co-author of 51 peer reviewed journal publications and presenter of 17 invited talks at national and international conferences and research institutes. Co-author of a book titled “Dynamics of Magnetically Trapped Particles-Foundations of the Physics of Radiation Belts and Space Plasmas”. Former guest editor of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, frequent reviewer of various journals and funding agencies. Co-chair of a Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) focus group and convener/organizer of several international conferences. Her research area is space plasma physics with emphasis on solar wind-magnetosphere interactions.