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Hong Zhao
Assistant professor, Auburn University
Professional Experience
Auburn University
Assistant professor
2021 - Present
University of Colorado Boulder
Research Scientist
2016 - 2020
Education
University of Colorado Boulder
Doctorate
2015
Honors & Awards
Outstanding Reviewer Award - Geophysical Research Letters
Received December 2022
Fred L. Scarf Award
Received December 2017
Hong Zhao will receive the 2017 Fred L. Scarf Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. This award is given annually to “one honoree in recognition of an outstanding dissertation that con...
Hong Zhao will receive the 2017 Fred L. Scarf Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 11–15 December in New Orleans, La. This award is given annually to “one honoree in recognition of an outstanding dissertation that contributes directly to solar–planetary science.”  
Citation

Hong Zhao of the University of Colorado produced an extremely impressive Ph.D. dissertation titled “Unveiled characteristics of energetic electrons and ions: The inner radiation belt, slot region, and ring current.” It contains a number of important science results: (1) discovery of a peculiar pitch angle distribution with a minimum at 90° of relativistic electrons in the inner radiation belt based on the new high-resolution measurements from the NASA Van Allen Probes mission, which has led to a great deal of theoretical interest; (2) detailed investigation of the penetration of relativistic electrons into the low L region that displays a correlation with the geomagnetic storm intensity; (3) thorough analysis and explanation of the penetration of hundreds of keV electrons into the low L region by inward radial transport using solar wind–dependent radial diffusion coefficients that are very different from those of previous studies; and (4) determination of the contributions of electrons and oxygen ions to the total ring current energy density and their roles in the dynamics during geomagnetic storms. These results have helped further our understanding of the physics of radiation belt electrons, the ring current, and magnetospheric dynamics. The work has resulted in six first-author publications in the Journal of Geophysical Research or Geophysical Research Letters. Many of her papers are already very well cited.

—Larry Paxton, President, Space Physics and Aeronomy Section, AGU

Response
I would like to thank the award committee and the AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy section for the great honor of being selected for this year’s Fred L. Scarf Award. I am grateful to many people who helped me along the way. Specifically, I would like to thank my Ph.D. advisor, Prof. Xinlin Li, for encouraging me to study abroad and join the University of Colorado at Boulder, offering me excellent guidance on my research, and giving me valuable career advice. I would also like to thank my other advisors from various stages in my career, Prof. Qiugang Zong, Dr. Reinhard Friedel, and Prof. Daniel Baker, for their valuable inspiration, guidance, and support. As my first research mentor and my undergraduate advisor, Prof. Zong taught me the essentials of space physics, mentored me with great patience, and encouraged me to start my current career path. Dr. Reinhard Friedel, as my research mentor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, provided me insightful inspiration and guidance for my research. Prof. Daniel Baker, as one of my doctoral committee members and my postdoctoral advisor, provided valuable advice and support for me to pursue my research. I also owe many thanks to my colleagues and collaborators, from whom I have benefited and learned a lot, for all the insightful discussion, advice, and encouragement. Finally, I would like to thank my family for their love and unwavering support. —Hong Zhao, University of Colorado Boulder
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Outstanding Student Presentation Award
Received December 2015

Presentation Title: The Relative Deep Penetrations of Energetic Electrons and Ions into the Slot Region and Inner Belt

Event: 2015 Fall Meeting

Awarding Section: Space Physics and Aeronomy

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Current Roles
Chair
Joanne Simpson Medal Committee
Publications
First Results From REPTile‐2 Measurements Onboard CIRBE

CIRBE (Colorado Inner Radiation Belt Experiment), a 3U CubeSat, was launched on 15 April 2023 into a sun synchronous orbit (97.4° inclination ...

February 04, 2024
AGU Abstracts
Quantifying the Contribution of Off-Equatorial ULF Waves on Radial Diffusion in the Radiation Belts
NATURAL AND MAN-MADE ACCELERATION, LOSS, AND TRANSPORT OF ENERGETIC PARTICLES THROUGH WAVE-PARTICLE INTERACTIONS II ORAL
spa-magnetospheric physics | 15 december 2023
Theodore E. Sarris, Xinlin Li, Hong Zhao, Weichao ...
Radial transport of relativistic electrons in the radiation belts due to Ultra-low frequency (ULF) waves is well described theoretically, and there is...
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Multipoint Observation and Simulation of Multi-MeV Electron Drift-Periodic Flux Oscillations Driven by ULF Waves in Earth’s Outer Radiation Belt
NATURAL AND MAN-MADE ACCELERATION, LOSS, AND TRANSPORT OF ENERGETIC PARTICLES THROUGH WAVE-PARTICLE INTERACTIONS I POSTER
spa-magnetospheric physics | 15 december 2023
Hong Zhao, Theodore E. Sarris, Xinlin Li
Drift-periodic flux oscillations are observed for outer radiation belt electrons and are suggested to be driven by the broadband ultra-low-frequency (...
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Developing HERT: Characterization and Testing of the Miniaturized High-Energy-Resolution Relativistic Electron Telescope
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE INNER MAGNETOSPHERE MISSIONS: SCIENCE TARGETS, GAPS, AND OPPORTUNITIES I POSTER
spa-magnetospheric physics | 13 december 2023
Will Teague, Skyler Krantz, Hong Zhao, Xinlin Li, ...
In Earth's outer radiation belt, radial diffusion and local acceleration are two major competing mechanisms of particle acceleration. While successful...
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Volunteer Experience
2024 - 2025
Chair
Joanne Simpson Medal Committee
2022 - 2023
Member
Joanne Simpson Medal Committee
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