Dr. Holly R Gilbert

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Dr. Holly R Gilbert

  • Chief , Solar Physics Laboratory
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 671
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Holly has been Chief of the Solar Physics Laboratory in HSD since September 2011. She joined Code 670 in June 2008 as the Associate Director for Science. Prior to joining the HSD, she was a Research Scientist at Rice University from 2005-2008, and an Associate Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) from 1998-2005. Holly did her undergraduate work in physics at the University of Colorado and obtained her PhD in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Oslo.

    The primary focus of Holly’s research is determining the nature of prominence support, formation, and evolution and how this relates to CMEs. She has conducted detailed studies of the variation in mass of different types of prominences by addressing different mechanisms involved in mass loss. Together with several other HSD scientists, Holly is studying how ion-neutral coupling affects formation, structure, and dynamics of partially ionized prominences (research funded through the NASA LWS TR&T program).

    Holly is the NASA Deputy Project Scientist for Solar Orbiter (a joint ESA-NASA collaboration, SOC). In addition to her role with SOC and her support of the Division office as a supervisor, Holly also spends time participating in outreach activities. These activities include several media appearances, public talks (including one to Senator Mikulski and her staff), and interacting regularly with potential interns, grad students, and postdocs.

    Positions/Employment

    8 / 2011 - Present

    Chief, Solar Physics Laboratory, Heliophysics Science Division

    NASA, GSFC Greenbelt, MD
    2008 - 2011

    Associate Director for Science, Heliophysics Science Division

    NASA, GSFC Greenbelt, MD
    2005 - 2008

    Research Scientist

    Rice University, Houston, TX
    1997 - 2005

    Associate Scientist

    High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

    Research Interests

    Physics of the solar corona and chromosphere, with an emphasis on coronal mass ejections and associated solar phenomena

    Education

    Ph.D., Theoretical Astrophysics, 2005 University of Oslo, Norway
    Thesis Title: "Some CME-associated Phenomena: Prominences and Chromospheric Waves"
    B.A., Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union, 1997 - Present
    Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, 1997 - Present
    International Astronomical Union, 2013 - Present

    Professional Service

    2013 – 2014 ISSI Team Member
    2013 – 2014 AGU Scarf Award Committee Member
    2013 – 2014 IAU Working Group Member: Communicating Heliophysics
    2013 – 2014 Center R&A Workforce Planning Team member
    2012 – 2013 Science Organizing Committee Member for IAU Symposium: Nature of Prominences and their Role in Space Weather
    2011 Science and Local Organizing Committee Member for Fourth Solar Orbiter Workshop
    2011 Science Organizing Committee Member for ATST-EST Workshop
    2010 – 2011 ISSI Team Member
    2010 – 2011 PEEC (Public Engagement, Education, & Communications) Council Member
    2009 - 2011 - SHINE Steering Committee Member
    2008 - 2010 - Solar Physics Division Elected Committee Member
    2007 - 2011 - Solar Physics Division Hale & Harvey Prize Committee Member
    2005 - 2008 - Working Group Leader, SHINE
    2008 - Chair, session at AGU/SPD Joint Assembly
    2008 - National Space Weather Review Panel, NSF
    2007 - Lead Proposer for IHY Coordinated Investigation Program
    2007 - Solar & Heliospheric Physics Review Panel, NASA
    2006 - International Heliophysical Year Program Review Panel, NASA
    2005 - Chair, National Space Weather Program Review Panel, NSF
    2005 - Chair, session at AGU/SPD Joint Assembly
    2000 - 2002 - HAO representative on the Steering Committee of the Early Career Scientist Assembly
    2001 - 2002 - UCAR Project and Associate Scientist Review Committee

    Brief Bio

    Holly has been Chief of the Solar Physics Laboratory in HSD since September 2011. She joined Code 670 in June 2008 as the Associate Director for Science. Prior to joining the HSD, she was a Research Scientist at Rice University from 2005-2008, and an Associate Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) from 1998-2005. Holly did her undergraduate work in physics at the University of Colorado and obtained her PhD in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Oslo.

    The primary focus of Holly’s research is determining the nature of prominence support, formation, and evolution and how this relates to CMEs. She has conducted detailed studies of the variation in mass of different types of prominences by addressing different mechanisms involved in mass loss. Together with several other HSD scientists, Holly is studying how ion-neutral coupling affects formation, structure, and dynamics of partially ionized prominences (research funded through the NASA LWS TR&T program).

    Holly is the NASA Deputy Project Scientist for Solar Orbiter (a joint ESA-NASA collaboration, SOC). In addition to her role with SOC and her support of the Division office as a supervisor, Holly also spends time participating in outreach activities. These activities include several media appearances, public talks (including one to Senator Mikulski and her staff), and interacting regularly with potential interns, grad students, and postdocs.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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