Maria Kazachenko
Maria Kazachenko




Assistant Professor


I am an assistant professor at Astrophysical & Planetary Science Department (APS) Department at University of Colorado, Boulder and the National Solar Observatory (NSO). Before that, I spent seven years at Space Sciences Lab (SSL) at UC Berkeley, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a research scientist. I am still remembered in lovely Bozeman, MT, where I did my PhD with Richard Canfield, Dana Longcope and Jiong Qiu . Since 2011, I have been part of the Coronal Global Evolutionary Model Team, a collaboration between scientists at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Lockheed Martin etc. My research group interests range from the storage of magnetic energy in solar active regions, to the release of that energy in solar flares with an emphasis of comparison and integration of observations with simulations. Understanding how this energy is stored and released is necessary to predict solar eruptions and hence the space weather. I am also involved in the development of the Critical Science Plan for The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the largest 4-meter solar telescope in the world, with the first light expected in early 2020. I have been honored by the NASA Early Career Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, and the Robert Bartnik Fellowship.

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Montana State University - Bozeman, Ph.D., 2011