Gang Li, Ph.D.

Professor, Space Science


320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 2037
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Li graduated from the department of Physics in Indiana University with a Ph.D in Nuclear Theory in 2000. He also obtained a Master degree of computer science at the same time. His Ph. D dissertation concerns neutrino transport in supernova core. He started work in space physics when he did his postdoc from 2001 to 2005 in Univ. of California Riverside, with Dr. Zank. He joined Space Science Lab in Univ. of California Berkeley in 2006, and became a faculty member in the Dept. of Physics at UAH in 2008. Dr. Li was a funding member of the Dept. of Space Science which inaugurated in 2014. He led the curriculum development of SPA526 and SPA622, and is responsible for the current revision of SPA771 and SPA796. He serves as the chair of the graduate committee.

He is interested in a variety of problems in solar physics and space plasma physics. His recent work focuses on, 1) particle acceleration and transport in the heliosphere and beyond, and includes both observational and theoretical aspects; and 2) various structures in the solar wind and solar wind magnetic field turbulence. His research is well supported by external funding. He is a winner of the NSF CAREER award in 2008 and served as Principal Investigator on multiple NASA grants, as well as co-Investigator on numerous other projects.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., in Physics, Indiana University, 2000
  • M.S., in Computer Science, Indiana University, 1998
  • B.S., in Physics, Tsinghua University, 1994

Honors & Awards

  • 2017/08 Space Weather Innovation Award for Young Scientist, Chinese Space Weather Association
  • 2015/06 College of Science Outstanding Research Faculty Award, UAH
  • 2010/08 Chinese Outstanding Oversea Young Researcher
  • 2010/05 ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
  • 2009/07 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Scientist Award
  • 2009/02 National Science Foundation Early Career Award


  • Solar physics
  • Space Plasma physics

Recent Publications

  • G Li, X Wu, L Zhao, S Yao, (2020) Observations of Outward-propagating and Mirroring of the Same Energetic Electrons by Wind, The Astrophysical Journal Letters 905, L1

  • G Li, L Zhao, L Wang, W Liu, X Wu, (2020), Identification of Two Distinct Electron Populations in an Impulsive Solar Energetic Electron Event The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 900, L16

  • ZY Ding, G Li, JX Hu, S Fu, (2020) Modeling the 10 September 2017 solar energetic particle event using the iPATH model, RAA, 20, 145

  • Ashraf Moradi and Gang Li, (2019) Propagation of Scatter-free Solar Energetic Electrons in a Meandering Interplanetary Magnetic Field, ApJ, 887, 102, doi: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab4f68

  • Lulu Zhao, Gang Li, Ming Zhang, Linghua Wang, Ashraf Moradi, Frederic Effenberger, (2019), Statistical analysis of interplanetary magnetic field path lengths from solar energetic electron events observed by WIND, ApJ, 878, 107, doi: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab2041

  • Shuai Fu, Yong Jiang, Vladimir Airapetian, Gang Li, Junxiang Hu, Gary P. Zank, (2019), Effect of Star Rotation Rates on the Characteristics of Energetic Particle Events, ApJL, 878, L36, doi: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab271d

  • Junxiang Hu, Gang Li, Shuai Fu, G. Zank, and X. Ao (2018), Modeling a Single SEP Event from Multiple Vantage Points Using the iPATH Model, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 854:L19.

  • Liu Yang, Linghua Wang, Gang Li, Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber, Jiansen He, Chuanyi Tu, Hui Tian, and Stuart D. Bale, The Strongest Acceleration of >40 keV Electrons by ICME-driven Shocks at 1 AU, The Astrophysical Journal, 853:89

  • J Hu, G Li, X Ao, GP Zank, O Verkhoglyadova (2017), Modeling Particle Acceleration and Transport at a 2D CME?Driven Shock, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122, 10.1002/2017JA024077

  • Propagation of Scatter-free Solar Energetic Electrons in a Meandering Interplanetary Magnetic Field, A. Moradi, G. Li, ApJ, 887, 102, (2019)