Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Alicia Schooley
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Alicia K Schooley

Doctoral Student

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M.S., Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (May 2017)

M.S., Astroparticle Physics Coursework (non-degree seeking) Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen, Germany (2013-2014)

B.A., Physics (and Mathematics), Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI (2013)


My research investigates the magnetic topology of the inner heliosphere and the evolution of the magnetic topology of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections as they propagate out from the Sun using Advanced Compositional Explorer (ACE) in-situ observations of solar wind ions, suprathermal electrons, and plasma properties.  

Future work will include modeling the magnetic topology of the inner heliosphere using the SuperThermal Electron Transport (STET) model.

Research Groups

  • Solar and Heliospheric Research Group (SHRG)

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  • Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Thermosphere Research And Simulation (MITHRAS)

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Conference Presentations

  • Michigan Geophysical Union Symposium - Apr. 2017
  • Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Women in Data Science Conference - Feb. 2017
  • University of Michigan, College of Engineering, Engineering Graduate Symposium - Nov. 2016
  • American Women in Science (AWIS) Regional Conference - Sep. 2016
  • Solar Heliospheric Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) Conference - July 2016
  • Solar Heliospheric Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) Conference, Student Day, Space Weather Tutorial - July 2016

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Counterstreaming suprathermal electrons in the inner heliosphere
  • Filament-associated Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections
  • Heavy Ion Charge States in Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections
  • Interchange reconnection signatures in the inner heliosphere

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • UM Rackham Graduate School Spring/Summer Research Grant, 2016
  • UM College of Engineering Regents Fellowship, 2015

Professional Service

  • Co-President of the CLaSP Graduate & Undergraduate Student Organization (GUStO)
  • Coordinator of the CLaSP Ladiez Lunches


  • Forecasting Solar Extreme and Far Ultraviolet Irradiance; Henney, C. J., Hock, R. A., Schooley, A. K. et al.; Published in AGU Space Weather; DOI: 10.1002/2014SW001118. Published in Space Weather Quarterly; Vol. 12, Issue 2, 2015.
Updated: 2017-03-22