Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Deirdre Ellen Wendel


Deirdre Ellen Wendel's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.286.0031
Org Code: 673
Mail Code 673
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Dr. Deirdre Wendel received her BS in physics at Columbia University in the City of New York and her PhD in physics from Rice University. After receiving a masters degree in physics and geophysics from the University of California, she worked for 5 years in the defense industry as an engineer and scientist. After completing her doctorate in physics at Rice University in 2009 under the mentorship of Professor Patricia Reiff, she joined GSFC as a civil servant. She pursues research in magnetic reconnection, geospace magnetospheric convection, solar wind heating, and coupling of the Earth's magnetospehre and ionosphere.

Selected Publications


2023. "Reconnection in a pinch." Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences 10 [10.3389/fspas.2023.1283185] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Diffuse auroral intensities produced by whistler mode and electron cyclotron harmonic waves." Astrophysics and Space Science 368 (7): 61 [10.1007/s10509-023-04217-y] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Equilibrium selection via current sheet relaxation and guide field amplification." Nature Communications 14 (1): 139 [10.1038/s41467-023-35821-9] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Collisionless relaxation of a disequilibrated current sheet and implications for bifurcated structures." Nature Communications 12 (3774): [] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Source of the Bursty Bulk Flow Diffuse Aurora: Electrostatic Cyclotron Harmonic and Whistler Waves in the Coupling of Bursty Bulk Flows to Auroral Precipitation." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 2019JA026606 [10.1029/2019ja026606] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Violation of Field Line Conservation and Associated Spatial Scales in Particle-in-Cell Simulations and MMS Data." Journal of Geophysical Research/ Space Physics 123 (3): 1853-1884 [10.1002/2017JA024467] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Solar Wind Magnetic Fluctuations and Electron Non-thermal Temperature Anisotropy: Survey of Wind-SWE-VEIS Observations." Astrophysical Journal 833 (1): 49-58 [10.3847/1538-4357/833/1/49] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Nongyrotropic electrons in guide field reconnection." Physics of Plasmas 23 022114 [10.1063/1.4942031] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Multipoint observations of plasma phenomena made in space by Cluster." Journal of Plasma Physics [10.1017/S0022377815000185] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Mission Oriented Support and Theory (MOST) for MMS—the Goddard Space Flight Center/University of California Los Angeles Interdisciplinary Science Program ." Space Science Reviews [10.1007/s11214-014-0127-6] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "The relation between reconnected flux, the parallel electric field, and the reconnection rate in a three-dimensional kinetic simulation of magnetic reconnection." Physics of Plasmas 20 (12): 122105 [10.1063/1.4833675] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Cluster observations near reconnection X lines in Earth's magnetotail current sheet." J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics 118 (7): 4199-4209 [10.1002/jgra.50403] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Current structure and non-ideal behavior at magnetic null points in the turbulent magnetosheath." J Geophys Res Space Physics 118 [doi:10.1002/jgra.50234] [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "Magnetopause Reconnection Impact Parameters from Multiple Spacecraft Magnetic Field Measurements." Geophysical Research Letters 36 (20): [10.1029/2009GL040228] [Journal Article/Letter]