Mike studies space weather, in particular phenomena occurring in plasma, or ionized gas, in the near-Earth space environment that affect human life and technology. His work lies at the intersection of multiple geoscience and atmospheric science disciplines, and he frequently conducts interdisciplinary research on a range of Sun-Earth interactions. He's PI of an NSF-supported Antarctic magnetometer network, and he's also PI of several NASA research grants including a citizen science project using sound and sonification techniques to study space weather that was featured in NPR and the Washington Post (listen.spacescience.org). Mike serves on the National Academies 2024-2033 Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics: Panel on the Physics of Magnetospheres, and he's led several space weather community initiatives such as a Geospace Environment Modeling workshop focus group from 2016-2021. He's also served several years on the American Geophysical Union Space Physics and Aeronomy Nomination Task Force to increase the diversity of awards nominations.
Mike received his Ph.D in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA in 2012, and Bachelor's in Physics from Cornell University in 2006. For more information, see Mike's ORCID profile: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2643-2202