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


Michael Liemohn
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Michael W. Liemohn


Office: 1436 SRB
Phone: (734) 763-6229
Fax: (734) 647-3083


Ph.D., M.S., Atmospheric and Space Science, University of Michigan, 1997

B.S., Physics and Math, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1992


Plasma transport in the ionosphere and magnetosphere of the Earth and other solar system bodies

Personal Introduction

On the Meyers-Briggs personality test, I used to be an INTJ, but now I am an ENFJ, The Protagonist

Prospective PhD students: I typically have 3 or 4 PhD students at any one time, which means that I take a new grad student most years.  My current projects span global magnetospheric magnetospheric dynamics, energetic particle transport, and MI-coupling for the space environments of not only Earth but also other planets.

Prospective undergrad researchers: I typically have 1 or 2 undergrad students working on directed research projects, via SPACE 499. After a term or two, if the working relationship is mutually agreeable, then I will sometimes continue supporting an undergrad researcher as an hourly employee.

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Energetic particle transport in the Earth's inner magnetosphere
  • Electron and ion transport in the Mars space environment
  • Kinetic theory and modeling
  • Interactions between hot and cold plasma components
  • Plasmaspheric dynamics and modeling
  • Ring current dynamics and modeling
  • Global magnetospheric dynamics and modeling
  • Mars pick-up ion sources, motion, and fate
  • Solar wind and photoelectrons in the strong crustal field region of Mars
  • Plasma wave excitation and wave-particle interactions
  • Giant planet plasma dynamics
  • Solar wind electron physics

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • PhD committees chaired or co-chaired:  9 successfully defended (Xiaohua Fang, Jichun Zhang, Xia Cai, Raluca Ilie, Shannon Curry, Roxanne Katus, Shaosui Xu, Lois Smith, and Blake Johnson) and 6 in progress (Sinh Trung from Physics, Alicia Schooley, Abby Azari, Alex Shane, Brian Swiger, and Agnit Mukhopadhyay)
  • U-M College of Engineering Monroe-Brown Foundation Education Excellence Award, 2018
  • Outstanding Research Scientist Award, University of Michigan, 2002
  • Awarded National Research Council Resident Research Associateship at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Refereed papers for leading peer-reviewed journals in space science and proposals for many agencies

Professional Service

 Some recent/big service roles:

  • NASA Science Committee, summer 2018 - present
  • NASA Heliophysics Advisory Committee,  2014 - present (chair, April 2018 - present)
  • AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy Section Executive Committee, 2013 - present
  • JGR-Space Physics Editor-in-Chief, December 2013 - present
  • AGU Meetings Committee, 2017 - present
  • NSF GEM Strategic Planning White Paper Task Force, 2012 - 2013
  • NAS/NRC Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics, SWMI Panel and Education Working Group, 2010-2011
  • Chair, NSF GEM Steering Committee, 2009 - 2011
  • Chair, NASA Geospace Management and Operations Working Group (G-MOWG), 2005 - 2007


As of January 2019, author or co-author of 202 peer-reviewed publications in print, press, or submitted (55 first author) and 576 scientific presentations (83 invited).

Please see my CV (link above) for more information about my publications and research activities.

My ISI Web of Science ResearcherID number is H-8703-2012.

My ORCID number is 0000-0002-7039-2631.

Updated: 2019-01-13