Department of Earth, Planetary,
and Space Sciences

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)






Margaret Kivelson

6843 Slichter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567
Phone: (310) 825-3435
FAX: (310) 206-8042


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Professor of Space Physics, Emerita and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (Space Science Center), at UCLA.

Also: Research Professor, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan

Current space projects include Themis (Co-Investigator) and Cassini (Fluxgate Magnetometer, Collaborator).

Principal scientific interests: Magnetospheric plasma physics of Earth, Jupiter and Saturn (theory and data analysis), interaction of flowing plasmas with planets and moons, Ultra-low frequency waves (theory, data collection, data analysis).   

Selected Lectures/Papers



Adventures in Parameter Space: Reconnection and the Magnetospheres of the Solar System (RAS for Dungey celebration)

Learning about Earth's plasma processes from studies of other magnetospheres (GEM Tutorial, Summer 2010)

Saturation of the Polar Cap Potential (Spring 2008)

The Physics of Planetary Magnetospheres (Summer 2008)

A Century after Birkeland: Aurora and Related Phenomena on Moons and Planets (Fall 2006)

ULF Waves from the Ionosphere to the Outer Planets (Fall 2005)

Careers, Leadership, and Speculations on why Academia Loses Women (Fall 2003)

Galilean Moons of Jupiter: Exploration of remote worlds (Winter 2001) 

1997 Faculty Research lecture: From outer space to the ocean floor: Magnetic fields in the solar system


Libya and the Solar Eclipse of March 29, 2006





Educational Background



   Ph.D., 1957, Harvard University

Selected Awards



             Alfven Medal of the European Geophysical Union, Spring 2005

             Fleming Medal of the American Geophysical Union, Dec. 2005

Selected Publications

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DuBois, D. F., V. Gilinsky, and M. G. Kivelson, Propagation of electromagnetic waves in plasmas, Phys. Rev., 129, 2376, 1962.

Kivelson, M. G., S. M. Kaye, and D. J. Southwood, The physics of plasma injection events, in Dynamics of the Magnetosphere, (S. I. Akasofu, Editor), D. Reidel, Dordrecht, Holland, 1979.

Kivelson, M.G. and D.J. Southwood, Coupling of global magnetospheric MHD eigenmodes to field line resonances, J. Geophys. Res., 91(A4), 4345-4351, 1986.

Kivelson, M. G., and D. J. Southwood, Coupling of global magnetospheric MHD eigenmodes to field line resonances, J. Geophys. Res., 91(A4), 4345-4351, 1986.

Kivelson, M.G., and H.E. Spence, On the possibility of quasi-static convection in the quiet magnetotail,  Geophys. Res. Lett., 15, 1501, 1988.

Kivelson, M. G., L. F. Bargatze, K. K. Khurana, D. J. Southwood, R. J. Walker, and P. J. Coleman, Jr., Magnetic signatures near Galileo's closest approach to Gaspra, Science, 261, 331, 1993.

Chen, S.-H., M.G. Kivelson, J.T. Gosling, R.J. Walker, and A.J. Lazarus, Anomalous aspects of magnetosheath flow and of the shape and oscillation of the magnetopause during an interval of strongly northward interplanetary magnetic field, J. Geophys. Res., 98, 5727, 1993.

Kivelson, M.G., L.F. Bargatze, K.K. Khurana, D.J. Southwood, R.J. Walker, and P.J. Coleman, Jr., Magnetic signatures near Galileo's closest approach to Gaspra, Science, 261, 331, 1993.

Kivelson, M.G., Z. Wang, S. Joy, K.K. Khurana, C. Polanskey, D.J. Southwood, and R.J. Walker, Solar wind interaction with small bodies: 2. What can Galileo's detection of magnetic rotations tell us about Gaspra and Ida. Adv. In Space Res., 16, 59, 1995.

Kivelson, M.G., and S.H. Chen, The magnetopause: Surface waves and instabilities and their possible dynamical consequences, p. 257 in AGU Monograph 90, Physics of Magnetopause, edited by P.Song and B.U.O. Sonnerup, AGU, Washington, D.C., 1995

Kivelson, M.G., and K.K. Khurana, Models of flux ropes embedded in a Harris neutral sheet: Force free solutions in low and high beta plasmas, J. Geophys. Res., 100, December 1995.

Kivelson, M.G., K.K. Khurana, R.J. Walker, J.A. Linker, C.T. Russell, D.J. Southwood, and C. Polanskey, A magnetic signature at Io: Initial report from the Galileo magnetometer, Science, 273, 337, 1996.

Kivelson, M.G., K.K. Khurana, C.T. Russell, R.J. Walker, J. Warnecke, F.V. Coroniti, C. Polanskey, D.J. Southwood, and C. Schubert, Discovery of Ganymede's magnetic field by the Galileo spacecraft, Nature, 384, 537, 1996.

Kivelson, M.G, K.K. Khurana, C.T. Russell, and R.J. Walker, Intermittent short-duration plasma-field anomalies in the Io plasma torus: Evidence for interchange in the Io plasma torus?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 24, 2127, 1997.

Kivelson, M.G., K.K. Khurana, F.V. Coroniti, S. Joy, C.T. Russell, R.J. Walker, J. Warnecke, L. Bennett, and C. Polanskey, The magnetic field and magnetosphere of Ganymede, Geophys. Res. Lett., 24, 2155, 1997.

Kivelson, M.G., M. Cao, R.L. McPherron, and R.J. Walker, A possible signature of magnetic cavity mode oscillations in ISEE spacecraft observations, J. Geomagnetism and Geoelectricity, 49, 1079, 1997.

Kivelson, M.G., J. Warnecke, L. Bennett, S. Joy, K.K. Khurana, J.A. Linker, C.T. Russell, R.J. Walker, and C. Polanskey, Ganymede's magnetosphere: Magnetometer overview, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 19,963, 1998.

Kivelson, M.G., and F. Bagenal, Planetary magnetospheres, The Encyclopedia of the Solar System, P. Weissman, L.-A. McFadden, and T. Johnson, Eds.-in-Chief, Academic Press, pp. 477, 1998.

Kivelson, M.G., K.K. Khurana, D.J. Stevenson, L. Bennett, S. Joy, C.T. Russell, R.J. Walker, C. Zimmer, and C. Polanskey, Europa and Callisto: Induced or intrinsic fields in a periodically varying plasma environment, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 4609, 1999.

Kivelson, M.G., Currents and flow in distant magnetospheres, edited by S. Ohtani, AGU Monograph, pp. 339, in Magnetospheric Current Systems, 2000.

Zimmer, C., K.K. Khurana, and M.G. Kivelson, Subsurface oceans on Europa and Callisto:  Constraints from Galileo magnetometer observations, ICARUS, 147, 329, 2000.

Kivelson, M.G., K.K. Khurana, C.T. Russell, M. Volwerk, R.J. Walker, and C. Zimmer, Galileo Magnetometer Measurements: A stronger case for a subsurface ocean at Europa, Science, 289, 1340, 2000.

Southwood, D.J., and M.G. Kivelson, A new perspective concerning the influence of the solar wind on the Jovian magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 6123, 2001. 

Green, J., and M.G. Kivelson, A tale of two theories: How the adiabatic response and ULF waves affect relativistic electrons, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 25,777, 2001. 

Kivelson, M.G., K.K. Khurana, and M. Volwerk, The permanent and inductive magnetic moments of Ganymede, Icarus 157(2), 507, 2002.

Kivelson, M.G., and K.K. Khurana, Properties of the magnetic field in the Jovian magnetotail, J. Geophys. Res., 107(A8), 10.1029/2001JA000249, 2002.

Kivelson, M.G., and D.J. Southwood, First evidence of IMF control of Jovian magnetospheric boundary locations:  Cassini and Galileo magnetic field measurements compared, Planetary and Space Science, 51, 891, 2003

Kivelson, M.G., F. Bagenal, W.S. Kurth, F.M. Neubauer, C. Paranicas, and J. Saur, Magnetospheric interactions with satellites, Chapter 21 in Jupiter , edited by F. Bagenal et al.,  Cambridge University Press, 2004.   

Kivelson, M. G. and D. J. Southwood, Dynamical consequences of two modes of centrifugal instability in Jupiter's outer magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 2005.

Kivelson, M.G., ULF Waves from the Ionosphere to the Outer Planets, in AGU Monograph 169, p. 11, Magnetospheric ULF Waves: Synthesis and New Derection, editors K. Takahashi and P.-J. Chi, 2006.

Kivelson, M.G., and F. Bagenal, Planetary magnetospheres, The Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 2nd Edition , P. Weissman, L.-A. McFadden, and T. Johnson, Eds.-in-Chief, Academic Press, pp. 519, 2007.

Kivelson, M.G., Chapter 19, Planetary Magnetospheres, Chapter 19 in Solar-Terrestrial Environment, edited by Y. Kamide, and C.-L. Chian, Springer Verlag, New York, pp. 470-492, 2007

Southwood, D. J., and M. G. Kivelson (2007), Saturnian magnetospheric dynamics: Elucidation of a camshaft model, J. Geophys. Res., 112, A12222, doi:10.1029/2007JA012254. 

Kivelson, M. G., and A. J. Ridley (2008), Saturation of the polar cap potential: Inference from Alfven wing arguments, J. Geophys. Res., 113, A05214, doi:10.1029/2007JA012302. 

Kivelson, M.G., X. Jia, and K.K. Khurana (2010), Medicean Moons Sailing Through Plasma Seas:  Challenges in Establishing Magnetic Properties, in Galileo's Medicean Moons: Their impact on 400 years of Discovery, C. Barbieri, S. Chakrabarti, M. Coradini & M. Lazzarin, eds. Proceedings IAU Symposium 269, pp. 58-70.

Jia, X., and M. G. Kivelson (2012), Driving Saturn's magnetospheric periodicities from the upper atmosphere/ionosphere: Magnetotail response to dual sources, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A11219, doi:10.1029/2012JA018183.

Graduate Students





   Kate Ramer



Recent past

Janet Green   Larry Kepko   Steven Joy  
Scott Thompson   Marissa Vogt   Feifei Jiang  






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James Weygand   Feifei Jiang

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