Ricky Egeland

Ricky is a Project Scientist I in the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR. His primary research interests are to study the magnetic cycles of sun-like stars.

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In 2014, while a Ph.D. student at Montana State University, he was awarded the Newkirk Fellowship at the High Altitude Observatory and moved to the Boulder area to complete his doctoral research on the sensitivity of the dynamo to fundamental stellar properties. He is now a Project Scientist I. (MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.)

Ricky came to HAO when he was awarded the 2014 Newkirk Fellowship. Newkirk Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, scientific potential and the compatibility of the student’s interests with current research at the observatory. His Fellowship continued while he completed his Ph.D. thesis on the sensitivity of the dynamo to fundamental stellar properties. On June 3, 2019, Ricky became a permanent HAO staff member when he was hired as a Project Scientist I.

He specializes in the study of magnetic cycles of sun-like stars to better understand the dynamo mechanism responsible for these cycles. Scientists have long known that the solar cycle is 11 years on average, with the sun transitioning from periods of low activity at solar minimum to high activity at solar maximum. Those of other sun-like stars, however, range between three and 25 years, with some being irregular and some appearing to be devoid of magnetic activity. Solar activity—which can include solar flares and solar wind—can disrupt communication and power systems on Earth.

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