Space Plasma Physics
Norman S. and Anna Marie Waite Professor
Department of Physics and EOS
Nathan Schwadron is a Professor of Physics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Dr. Schwadron's previous experience includes positions as an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Boston University (2005-10), Senior Research Scientist (2002-3), a Principal Scientist (2003-4) and a Staff Scientist (2005) at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX, an Assistant Research Scientist (1998-2002) at the University of Michigan, a Senior Research Scientist (1999) at the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland, and a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the University of Michigan's Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science Department (1996-8). Professor Schwadron received a B. A. with honors in Physics from Oberlin College (1990) and a PhD (1996) in Physics from the University of Michigan.
Nathan Schwadron is extensively involved in NASA missions including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on which he is the Principal Investigator of the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation, the Interstellar Boundary Explorer Mission on which he leads the Science Operations Center, the Solar Probe Plus Mission on which he leads a Science Operations Center of two of the instruments, New Horizons, Ulysses, Advanced Composition Explorer, Wind and Cassini.
Professor Schwadron leads a number of theoretical and modeling investigations including the Earth-Moon-Mars Radiation Environment Modules, the PREDICCS project, and the Corona-Solar Wind Energetic Particle Acceleration (C-SWEPA). Dr. Schwadron is also a Co-PI on the NSF Sun-2-Ice project.
Dr. Schwadron studies the effects of radiation, acceleration of energetic particles and cosmic rays, origins of solar and stellar winds, X-rays produced in the solar system, the boundaries of our solar system, and the local interstellar medium. His publications appear in Science, Nature, Space Weather Journal, Astrophysical Journal, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Space Science Reviews, Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Nathan Schwadron has provided a broad range of innovative theoretical discoveries, interpretations, and models of heliospheric phenomena related to the solar wind, the heliospheric magnetic field, pickup ions, cometary X-rays, energetic particles, and cosmic rays.
Professor Schwadron was elected fellow of the AAAS in 2012 and has received many notable awards, among them the National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Graduate Student Research Fellow, the University of Michigan, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Research Award and the Ulysses Achievement Award - 15 Years in Orbit. He received the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Group Achievement Award as a member of the New Horizons Spacecraft Development Team and was one of the lead authors for "The Solar System beyond Neptune". This publication won first place in the cosmology/astronomy category of the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence.
Professor Schwadron teaches courses ranging from basic physics to graduate level statistical physics and classical mechanics. Dr. Schwadron advises a group of graduate students and was a coach in the UNH Writing Academy.
A researcher and teacher, he received numerous grants while at the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, the University of Michigan and Southwest Research Institute and is active in the classroom as well as in graduate and undergraduate advising. Professor Schwadron has authored over 295 referreed publications, is a sought-after speaker, has served as member and chair of the Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee at Boston University, has served on numerous NASA and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committees such as the NASA Sun-Earth Connection Advisory Subcommittee, the 2009 Heliophysics Mission Planning Working Group, the NAS Committee for Solar and Space Physics, and the NAS Geospace Portfolio Review Committee. Dr. Schwadron chaired the NASA Living with a Star Steering Committee and is the creator and lead of the New England Space Science Consortium. Professor Schwadron is the editor of Heliosphere News.
Prof. Schwadron was originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and currently resides in Durham, NH with his wife, Katharine Duderstadt, and two children, Marina and Jane Schwadron. His personal interests include surfing, running, basketball, boxing, poetry and theater.Citations: