Mark Moldwin


University of Michigan

College of Engineering Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences



Phone:  (734) 647-3370

Fax: (734) 734-647-3083


1418 Space Research Bldg.
2455 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143


I conduct space physics research attempting to understand the flow of energy, mass and momentum from the Sun through the Earth's space environment. Specifically I am interested in magnetic structures and ULF waves in the heliosphere and magnetosphere, the distribution of plasma in the inner magnetosphere, and the coupling of energy between the ionosphere and magnetosphere. I use magnetometers that fly on spacecraft and deployed around the world, remote sensing data (EUV and radio waves), and modeling.

If interested in working with me as a undegraduate, graduate student or postdoc, please feel free to contact me.

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Mark Moldwin is a Professor of Space Sciences and Applied Physics within the University of Michigan’s Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences within the College of Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty of UM in July of 2009, Dr. Moldwin was a Professor of Space Physics at UCLA (2000-2009), Professor Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne (1994-2000) and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Space and Atmospheric Sciences and Non-proliferation and International Security groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Moldwin joined the lab in 1992 after receiving his Ph.D. in Astronomy/Space Physics from Boston University. He was awarded a B.A. in Physics with Honors from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 1987.

Dr. Moldwin’s primary research interests are magnetospheric, ionospheric and heliospheric plasma physics, and pre-college space science education and outreach. He has published over 130 refereed scientific articles on these subjects. Dr. Moldwin was a NASA/ASEE Kennedy Space Center Faculty Fellow, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Associated Western Universities Faculty Fellow, and a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Scientist. Prof. Moldwin is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner and a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar. Prof. Moldwin is or has been the principal or co-investigator of over 50 externally peer-reviewed scientific projects including building the magnetometers to fly on NASA’s Space Technology – 5 satellites, the upcoming Air Force DSX mission satellite, and ground-based magnetometer deployment in North America, South America, Africa and Antarctica. 

Prof. Moldwin has taught over a dozen different physics and space science courses, was awarded Florida Tech’s Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA’s Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award was rated as a Top Ten Professor by the Associated Student’s of UCLA and was awarded the UM College of Engineering's Raymond J. and Monica E. Schultz Outreach and Diversity Award . He currently serves as a NASA THEMIS Mission EPO Scientist, the Chair of the NASA MMS EPO External Review Team and the Editor in Chief of AGU's Reviews of Geophysics.