Aurora borealis. Free use photo taken by Stein Egil Liland.
The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.

Dr. Frederick Wilder, PhD

Hi, I am Rick Wilder and I am a space plasma physicist and Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. I use the earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere as a laboratory to understand both the fundamental physics of plasmas and space weather that effects the technologies we depend on. My main research interests include magnetic reconnection, wave-particle interactions in plasma, and the electrodynamic interaction between the magnetosphere and ionosphere.

I received my Ph.D. in 2011 from Virginia Tech, where I worked on SuperDARN radar and ground magnetometer observations of the magnetosphere-ionosphere system under the supervision of Dr. Robert Clauer. Additionally, I helped build and deploy ground instruments in both Virginia and Antarctica. I then went on to do post-doctoral research in at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) in Boulder, CO, where I studied how electric currents in the ionosphere can heat our polar upper atmosphere. I continued as a research scientist at LASP, working on studying magnetic reconnection using the NASA Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) mission.

I am currently working on the MMS mission’s Burst Data and Scientist In The Loop (SITL) program and teach in the Physics Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. You can learn more about my projects here! Welcome!

NASA MMS mission, day of launch. Photography by Laura Hofford / HalfLife Photography, 2015.

Past and current projects and research.

Current Curriculum Vitae for Rick Wilder.

Frederick Wilder hosting the New Tech: CubeSats discussion in Longmont, CO. September, 2019.

Educational and Public Outreach activities and events. (Coming soon.)

Frederick Wilder presenting Magnetospheric Multiscale Observations at HOA / NCAR, March 2017.

Video recordings of past seminars and presentations.

NASA MMS mission scientist from CU-LASP at launch day, 2015. Photography by Laura Hofford / HalfLife Photography.

Catch up with my thoughts on current scientific events. (Coming soon.)

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