Shunrong ZhangResearch Scientist I study geospace climatology, long-term changes, and storm-time disturbances. Immediate recent interests include studies of sub-auroral dynamics, SED/SAPS/TIDs, and more.
Before joining MIT in 2001, I worked at Boston University, Kyoto University (Japan), International Center for Theoretical Physics (Italy), and Wuhan Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). I received a BSc in 1987 from Peking University, and a PhD in 1995 from CAS, all in Space Physics.
My research interest is the general area of ionosphere-thermosphere coupling, from the upper atmospheric climatology, long-term changes, to ionospheric storm effect and plasma density gradients, ionospheric waves, and other transieent ionospheric perturbations. My research focuses primarily on subauroral and midlatitude dynamics. I have published ~ 140 peer-reviewed papers, 50+ of which are as the first author.
I am an active member of the CEDAR, AGU, and international research communities, severing the communities in various ways (journal paper/proposal reviewer; journal editor board member; guest editor; journal special section coordinator; scientific meeting convenor and program committee member; working group member and leader; seminar speaker; etc). I collaborate with scientists in the US and around the world.