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


Manan Kocher

Manan Kocher

4th [Final] Year, Doctoral Candidate

Phone: (734)-355-4944


MS Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences
BSE Earth System Science and Engineering
Certificate, Center for Entrepreneurship


  • Developing frameworks to relate remote-sensing observations of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) at the Sun to in-situ measurements of Interplanetary CMEs (ICMEs) in near Earth space
  • Performing high-cadence measurements of the evolution of dynamics and energetics of Earth-intercepting CMEs using in-situ and remote-sensing observations. 
  • Developing new diagnostic techniques to conduct measurements of dynamics and energetics of Earth-intercepting CMEs using remote-sensing observations.
  • Observation-based understanding of the role of filaments/prominences in CME initiation & dynamics
  • Identifying and interpreting heavy-ion signatures of geo-effective ICMEs in near-Earth space using a combination of in-situ observations and CME models

Personal Introduction

In addition to studying and exploring Space Physics, I am a sustainability enthusiast, actor, social justice activist and social entrepreneur. These identities inform my interests to:  

  • Engage a new generation of astrophysicists by exploring innovative tools for space science education in middle and high schools
  • Challenge the boundaries of existing space policy to propel and mitiagate space activity, to ensure long-term and sustainable use of our space environment while drive innovative scientific exploration
  • Bring the conversation of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our communities to the forefront

Specializations and Research Interests

Geoeffective Coronal Mass Ejections | Connecting Solar Remote-Sensing & Heliospheric In-situ Observations | Space Weather | Solar Transient Dynamics & Energetics | Remote-Sensing Diagnostic Techniques

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow [NESSF], 2017-2018

Outstanding Student Poster Award, SHINE Conference 2017

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow [NESSF], 2016-2017

Graduate Fellow, Michigan Institute of Plasma Science and Engineering [MIPSE], 2015

Rackham Conference Travel Grant, 2014,2015,2016,2017


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  • M. Kocher, E. Landi, S. T. Lepri, Tracking Filament Eruption in the Low Solar Corona using Remote-Sensing and In-situ ObservationsThe Astrophysical Journal, 2018.
  • M. Kocher, S. T. Lepri, E. Landi, L. Zhao, W. B. Manchester, IV, Anatomy of Depleted Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections, The Astrophysical Journal, 2017.
  • L. ZhaoE. Landi, S. T. Lepri, M. Kocher, L. A. Fisk, Anomalous Composition in Slow Solar Wind as a Signature of Magnetic Reconnection in its Source Region, Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 2017.
  • Zhao, L., E. Landi, M. Kocher, S. T. Lepri, L. A. Fisk, T. H. Zurbuchen, Anomalously Low C6+/C5+ Ratio in Solar Wind: ACE/SWICS Observations, AIP Conference Proceedings 2016, 1720, 020006
Updated: 2018-06-28