Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Robert L. McPherron

6711 Geology
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567
Telephone: (310) 825-1882
FAX: (310) 206-8042

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Professor of Space Physics in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics Space Weather Group.


Educational Background

 Ph.D., 1968, University of California, Berkeley

Physics of the magnetosphere emphasizing magnetic phenomena in auroral regions and ultra-low frequency waves. Exploration geophysics and monitoring for earthquake precursors. Instrumentation and data analysis techniques in magnetic field measurements.

Selected Publications

McPherron, R.L. "Growth Phase of Magnetospheric Substorms", J. Geophys. Res., 75(28), 5592, 1970.

McPherron, R.L. "Magnetospheric Substorms", Rev. Geophys. Space Phys., 17(4), 657-681, 1979.

McPherron, R.L. and R.H. Manka. "Dynamics of the 1054 UT", March 22, 1979 substorm event: CDAW-6, J. Geophys. Res., 9(A2), 1175-1190, 1985.

McPherron, R.L., T. Terasawa, and A. Nishida. "Solar Wind Triggering of Substorm Expansion Onset", J. Geomag. and Geoelect., 38(11), 1089-1108, 1986.

McPherron, R.L. "The Earth’s Magnetic Field", in Encyclopedia Britannica, 545-559, 1988.

McPherron, R.L. "Physical Processes Producing Magnetospheric Substorms and Magnetic Storms", Chapter 7, in Geomagnetism, 4, J. Jacobs (ed.), Academic Press Ltd., Landing.