Dr. Andrew Menz

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT III, CSPAR

Biography

Dr. Menz graduated with a PhD in Physics from the University of New Hampshire in 2019. There, his work dealt with analyzing the Van Allen Probes’ data, using particle tracing simulations to study the transport and acceleration of ring current ions. As a Post-Doc at the University of Colorado / NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, he worked with the Ionosphere Plasmasphere Electrodynamics (IPE) and Comprehensive Inner Magnetosphere Interaction (CIMI) models investigating the role of ring current-plasmasphere interactions on plasmasphere ion composition.


Education

  • PhD, Physics, University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire, 2011-2019
  • BA, Physics and Astronomy, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2006-2010

Professional Appointments

  • Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, CSPAR, University of Alabama Huntsville, 2021-Present
  • Post-Doctoral Associate, CIRES, University of Colorado / NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, 2019-2020

Selected Publications

  • Menz, A. M., Kistler, L. M., Mouikis, C. G., Spence, H. E., & Henderson, M. G. (2019). Effects of a realistic O+ source on modeling the ring current. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124, 9953– 9962. doi:10.1029/2019JA026859
  • Menz, A. M., Kistler, L. M., Mouikis, C. G., Matsui, H., Spence, H. E., Thaller, S. A., & Wygant, J. R. (2019). Efficacy of Electric Field Models in Reproducing Observed Ring Current Ion Spectra During Two Geomagnetic Storms. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124, 8974-8991. doi:10.1029/2019JA026683
  • Menz, A. M., Kistler, L. M., Mouikis, C. G., Spence, H. E., Skoug, R. M., Funsten, H. O., Larsen, B. A., Mitchell, D. G., and Gkioulidou, M. (2017), The role of convection in the buildup of the ring current pressure during the 17 March 2013 storm, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 122, 475-492, doi:10.1002/2016JA023358.