Dr. Ying Zou

Assistant Professor, CSPAR


Dr. Zou’s research interests mainly focus on the Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere, and upper atmosphere, and their dependence on the upstream solar wind. She has been actively studying magnetic reconnection, plasma convection, auroral dynamics, and thermosphere circulation using a combination of spacecraft and ground-based radars, imagers, magnetometers, Fabry-Perot interferometers, etc. She is particularly interested in phenomena that have space weather effects. She joined the department of Space Science as an assistant professor in Fall 2019. Before that she was a Jack Eddy postdoc fellow at Center for Space Physics at Boston University.

Dr. Tyson Littenberg's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., UCLA, 2015
  • B.S., Peking University, 2010

Recent Publications

  • Zou, Y., Walsh, B. M., Atz, E., Liang, H., Ma, Q., & Angelopoulos, V. (2020), Azimuthal variation of magnetopause reconnection at scales below an Earth radius, Geophys. Res. Lett., accepted.
  • Zou, Y., Walsh, B. M., Nishimura, Y., Angelopoulos, V., Ruohoniemi, J. M., McWilliams, K. A., & Nishitani, N. (2019). Local time extent of magnetopause reconnection X-line using dual-satellite and ground coordination. Ann. Geophys., 37, 215-234
  • Zou, Y., Walsh, B. M., Nishimura, Y., Angelopoulos, V., Ruohoniemi, J. M., McWilliams, K. A., & Nishitani, N. (2018). Spreading speed of magnetopause reconnection X-lines using ground-satellite coordination. Geophysical Research Letters, 45.
  • Zou, Y., Nishimura, Y., Lyons, L., Conde, M., Varney, R., Angelopoulos, V., & Mende, S. (2018). Mesoscale F region neutral winds associated with quasi‐steady and transient nightside auroral forms. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123, 7968– 7984.
  • Li, T-C., Liu, Y., Hesse, M., and Zou, Y. (2020), Three-Dimensional X-line Spreading in Asymmetric Magnetic Reconnection, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, accepted
  • Hosokawa, K., Zou, Y. &; Nishimura, Y. (2019), Airglow Patches in the Polar Cap Region: A Review. Space Sci Rev 215, 53
  • Goodwin, L. V., Nishimura, Y., Zou, Y., Shiokawa, K., & Jayachandran, P. T. (2019). Mesoscale convection structures associated with airglow patches characterized using Cluster‐imager conjunctions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124, 7513– 7532.
  • Frey, H.U., Han, D., Kataoka, R., Lessard, M.R., Milan, S.E., Nishimura, Y., Strangeway, R.J. & Zou, Y. (2019), Dayside Aurora, Space Sci Re 215: 51. Walsh, B. M., Bhakyapaibul, T., & Zou, Y. (2019). Quantifying the uncertainty of using solar wind measurements for geospace inputs. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124, 3291– 3302.
  • Nishimura, Y., Gallardo‐Lacourt, B., Zou, Y., Mishin, E., Knudsen, D. J., Donovan, E. F., et al. (2019). Magnetospheric signatures of STEVE: Implications for the magnetospheric energy source and interhemispheric conjugacy. Geophysical Research Letters, 46.
  • Walsh, B. M., Welling, D. T., Zou, Y., Nishimura, Y. (2018). A maximum spreading speed for magnetopause reconnection. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 5268–5273.
  • Lyons, L. R., Y. Zou, Y. Nishimura, B. Gallardo-Lacourt, V. Angelopoulos, and E. F. Donovan, (2018), Stormtime Substorms: Occurrence and Flow Channel Triggering. Earth, Planet and Space, 70:81.
  • Wang, B., Y. Nishimura, H. Heli, X. Shen, Q. Shi, H. Zhang, L. R. Lyons, Y. Zou, V. Angelopoulos, Y. Ebihara, and A. Weatherwax (2018), Dayside magnetospheric and ionospheric responses to a foreshock transient on June 25, 2008: 2. 2-D evolution based on dayside auroral imaging, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 123.
  • Liu, J., Lyons, L. R., Archer, W. E., Gallardo-Lacourt, B., Nishimura, Y., Zou, Y.,… Weygand, J. M.(2018). Flow shears at the poleward boundary of omega bands observed during conjunctions of Swarm and THEMIS ASI. Geophysical ResearchLetters, 45.