Research Scientist - Space Plasma
- Office: SPSC-N279
Rick Wilder is a Research Scientist at LASP. His main research interests include magnetic field topology, large-scale field-aligned current systems (FACs), and magnetic reconnection. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from Virginia Tech, where he worked on SuperDARN radar and ground magnetometer data under the supervision of Dr. Robert Clauer. He also helped build and deploy ground instruments in both Virginia and Antarctica.
He is currently working on the Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) mission's Burst Data and Scientist In The Loop program. In particular, the team is working on methods of identifying reconnection diffusion region candidates using a minimal amount of data. He is also working with data from the Cluster and AMPERE missions in conjunction with MHD simulations to understand the coupling between the magnetosheath-magnetopause interaction and the associated ionospheric current system.
He also organizes LASP's "Friends of the Magnetospheres (FOM)" seminar series.
Virginia Tech — Blacksburg, VA
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Space Science, 2011
Virginia Tech — Blacksburg, VA
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2005
Research Interests and Skills Include: Magnetospheric Physics, Magnetic Field Topology, Magnetic Reconnection, Polar Cap Phenomena, The Bow Shock and Magnetosheath, Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling, Radar Observations (Coherent and Incoherent Scatter), Data Analysis, and Numerical Modeling
MMS Scientist in the Loop and Burst Management
Observations of Magnetic Reconnection at the Earth's Magnetopause
Large-scale current systems on open field lines.
Eriksson, S., F. D. Wilder, R. E. Ergun, S. J. Schwartz, et al. (2016), Magnetospheric multiscale observations of the electron diffusion region of large guide field magnetic reconnection, Phys. Rev. Lett., in press.
Ergun, R. E., K. A. Goodrich, F. D. Wilder, J. C. Holmes, J. E. Stawarz, S. Eriksson, et al., Magnetospheric Multiscale Satellites Observations of Parallel Electric Fields Associated with Magnetic Reconnection (2016), Phys. Rev. Lett., 116, 23, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.235102.
Clauer, C. R., Z. Xu, M. Maimaiti, J. M. Ruohoniemi, W. Scales, M. D. Hartinger, M. J. Nicolls, S. R. Kaeppler, F. D. Wilder, and R. E. Lopez (2016), Investigation of a Rare Event where the Polar Ionospheric Reverse Convection Potential does not Saturate during a Period of Extreme Northward IMF Solar Wind Driving, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA022557.
Wilder, F. D., R. E. Ergun, K. A. Goodrich, M. V. Goldman, D. L. Newman, D. M. Malaspina, A. N. Jaynes, S. J. Schwartz, [...]
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American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi Research Society, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society
Honors and awards
National Science Foundation Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (AGS-PRF), 2012-2014
Honorable Mention, Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011
Inducted into the Sigma Xi Research Society, 2011
Best Student Tutorial Award, GEM Summer Workshop, 2009
Inducted into the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, 2004