Mary Hudson

Professor Mary Hudson, from Dartmouth College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been an HAO affiliate scientist since 2010. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a recipient of their prestigious Macelwane Award.

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Mary Hudson

Mary's research is in magnetospheric physics, with a particular emphasis on the structure and dynamics of the Earth's radiation belts. In her early work she did pioneering studies on the basic plasma physics of shocks, double layers, and turbulence. Her investigations into how ultralow frequency (ULF) electromagnetic waves can resonantly accelerate particles led to the discovery of key processes in the energization and transport of particles within the radiation belts.

More recently she has been one of the principal investigators with the NSF-funded Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM), where researchers are studying the space weather problem from its solar origins, propagation through interplanetary space, and its consequences on the highly coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system including its affects on our technology.

When visiting HAO Mary greatly enjoys the chance to take morning hikes in the Boulder open-space as well as trips into the mountains for the backcountry experience.

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