Dr. ALEIDA K HIGGINSON

Dr. ALEIDA K HIGGINSON

  • Research AST, Fields and Particles
  • 301.286.7209
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 674
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Current Projects

    Adaptively Refined MHD Solver (ARMS) Model Developer

    IMAP Deputy Mission Scientist

    Parker Solar Probe WISPR Co-Investigator

    Positions/Employment

    8/2020 - Present

    Research Astrophysicist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    8/2018 - 8/2020

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD
    1/2018 - 8/2018

    Assistant Research Scientist

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    12/2016 - 1/2018

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    8/2011 - 12/2016

    Graduate Student Research Assistant

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    Education

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    • Ph.D., 2016, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
    • M.Sc., 2013, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
    • Thesis: Higginson, A. K. (2016) The Dynamics of the S-Web and Implications for the Solar Wind and Heliosphere, University of Michigan (http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/135818).
    • Committee: Susan T. Lepri, Thomas H. Zurbuchen, Spiro K. Antiochos, Lee W. Hartmann, Justin Kasper

    Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

    • B.Sc., 2011, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Minor: Computer Sciences

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society, 2012 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 2012 - Present

    Awards

    • NASA GSFC Heliophysics Science Division Peer Award, 2021
    • Fred L. Scarf Award, Space Physics and Aeronomy, American Geophysical Union, 2018
    • Nominee, ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2016
    • Brueckner Solar Physics Division Studentship Award, American Astronomical Society, 2015
    • First Place, Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Michigan Engineering Graduate Symposium, 2015
    • Best Research Presentation, SHINE Student Day, 2015
    • Rackham Travel Grant, University of Michigan, 2014
    • Rackham Travel Grant, University of Michigan, 2013
    • Second Place, Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Michigan Engineering Graduate Symposium, 2013
    • Dean's Fellowship, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2011

    Special Experience

    • NASA Flight Projects Development Program Leadership Workshop


    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Rouillard, A. P., N. Viall, V. Pierrard, et al. C. Vocks, L. Matteini, O. Alexandrova, A. K. Higginson, B. Lavraud, M. Lavarra, Y. Wu, R. Pinto, A. Bemporad, and E. Sanchez-Diaz. 2021. "The Solar Wind." Geophysical Monograph Series, 1-33 [10.1002/9781119815600.ch1]

    Westlake, J. H., D. G. Mitchell, M. Gkioulidou, et al. K. Dialynas, I. J. Cohen, S. Krimigis, R. B. Decker, D. L. Turner, A. K. Higginson, G. Clark, and C. P. Paranicas. 2020. "Heliospheric Maps from Cassini INCA Early in the Cruise to Saturn." The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 902 (2): L45 [10.3847/2041-8213/abbd9e]

    Korreck, K. E., A. Szabo, T. N. Chinchilla, et al. B. Lavraud, J. Luhmann, T. Niembro, A. Higginson, N. Alzate, S. Wallace, K. Paulson, A. Rouillard, A. Kouloumvakos, N. Poirier, J. C. Kasper, A. W. Case, M. L. Stevens, S. D. Bale, M. Pulupa, P. Whittlesey, R. Livi, K. Goetz, D. Larson, D. M. Malaspina, H. Morgan, A. A. Narock, N. A. Schwadron, J. Bonnell, P. Harvey, and J. Wygant. 2020. "Source and Propagation of a Streamer Blowout Coronal Mass Ejection Observed by the Parker Solar Probe." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 246 (2): 69 [10.3847/1538-4365/ab6ff9]

    Rouillard, A. P., A. Kouloumvakos, A. Vourlidas, et al. J. Kasper, S. Bale, N.-E. Raouafi, B. Lavraud, R. A. Howard, G. Stenborg, M. Stevens, N. Poirier, J. A. Davies, P. Hess, A. K. Higginson, M. Lavarra, N. M. Viall, K. Korreck, R. F. Pinto, L. Griton, V. Réville, P. Louarn, Y. Wu, K. Dalmasse, V. Génot, A. W. Case, P. Whittlesey, D. Larson, J. S. Halekas, R. Livi, K. Goetz, P. R. Harvey, R. J. MacDowall, D. Malaspina, M. Pulupa, J. Bonnell, T. D. de Witt, and E. Penou. 2020. "Relating Streamer Flows to Density and Magnetic Structures at the Parker Solar Probe." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 246 (2): 37 [10.3847/1538-4365/ab579a]

    Nieves-Chinchilla, T., A. Szabo, K. E. Korreck, et al. N. Alzate, L. A. Balmaceda, B. Lavraud, K. Paulson, A. A. Narock, S. Wallace, L. K. Jian, J. G. Luhmann, H. Morgan, A. Higginson, C. N. Arge, S. D. Bale, A. W. Case, T. D. Wit, J. Giacalone, K. Goetz, P. R. Harvey, S. I. Jones-Melosky, J. C. Kasper, D. E. Larson, R. Livi, D. J. McComas, R. J. MacDowall, D. M. Malaspina, M. Pulupa, N. E. Raouafi, N. Schwadron, M. L. Stevens, and P. L. Whittlesey. 2020. "Analysis of the Internal Structure of the Streamer Blowout Observed by the Parker Solar Probe During the First Solar Encounter." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 246 (2): 63 [10.3847/1538-4365/ab61f5]

    Howard, R. A., A. Vourlidas, V. Bothmer, et al. R. C. Colaninno, C. E. DeForest, B. Gallagher, J. R. Hall, P. Hess, A. K. Higginson, C. M. Korendyke, A. Kouloumvakos, P. L. Lamy, P. C. Liewer, J. Linker, M. Linton, P. Penteado, S. P. Plunkett, N. Poirier, N. E. Raouafi, N. Rich, P. Rochus, A. P. Rouillard, D. G. Socker, G. Stenborg, A. F. Thernisien, and N. M. Viall. 2019. "Near-Sun observations of an F-corona decrease and K-corona fine structure." Nature, 576 (7786): 232-236 [10.1038/s41586-019-1807-x]

    Scott, R. B., D. I. Pontin, A. R. Yeates, P. F. Wyper, and A. K. Higginson. 2018. "Magnetic Structures at the Boundary of the Closed Corona: Interpretation of S-Web Arcs." The Astrophysical Journal, 869 (1): 60 [10.3847/1538-4357/aaed2b]

    Higginson, A. K., and B. J. Lynch. 2018. "Structured Slow Solar Wind Variability: Streamer-blob Flux Ropes and Torsional Alfvén Waves." The Astrophysical Journal, 859 (1): 6 [10.3847/1538-4357/aabc08]

    Higginson, A. K., S. K. Antiochos, C. R. DeVore, P. F. Wyper, and T. H. Zurbuchen. 2017. "Formation of Heliospheric Arcs of Slow Solar Wind." Astrophysical Journal, 840: L10 [10.3847/2041-8213/aa6d72]

    Higginson, A. K., S. K. Antiochos, C. R. DeVore, P. F. Wyper, and T. H. Zurbuchen. 2017. "Dynamics of Coronal Hole Boundaries." Astrophysical Journal, 837: 113 [10.3847/1538-4357/837/2/113]

    Non-Refereed

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Solar Wind Disconnects Venus's Magnetotail." Eos 97: [10.1029/2016eo054773]

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Can Solar and Space Physics Students Find Research Careers?" Eos 97: [10.1029/2016eo053227]

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Electrons Thrown Off Course in Near-Earth Magnetic Reconnection." Eos 97: [10.1029/2016eo051175]

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Half of Atmospheric Joule Heating Is Due to Small Oscillations." Eos 97: [10.1029/2016eo047017]

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Sun's Magnetic Fields Best at Forecasting Solar Cycle Peaks." Eos 97: [10.1029/2016eo046603]

    Selected Public Outreach

    NASA's Curious Universe - The Star in Our Backyard 5 / 2020 - 5 / 2020
    https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/the-star-in-our-backyard
    Science Friday - The Parker Solar Probe Gives Us a New Glimpse of the Sun 12 / 2019 - 12 / 2019
    https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/parker-solar-probe-new-glimpse-sun/

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Rouillard, A. P., N. Viall, V. Pierrard, et al. C. Vocks, L. Matteini, O. Alexandrova, A. K. Higginson, B. Lavraud, M. Lavarra, Y. Wu, R. Pinto, A. Bemporad, and E. Sanchez-Diaz. 2021. "The Solar Wind." Geophysical Monograph Series 1-33 [10.1002/9781119815600.ch1]

    Westlake, J. H., D. G. Mitchell, M. Gkioulidou, et al. K. Dialynas, I. J. Cohen, S. Krimigis, R. B. Decker, D. L. Turner, A. K. Higginson, G. Clark, and C. P. Paranicas. 2020. "Heliospheric Maps from Cassini INCA Early in the Cruise to Saturn." The Astrophysical Journal Letters 902 (2): L45 [10.3847/2041-8213/abbd9e]

    Korreck, K. E., A. Szabo, T. N. Chinchilla, et al. B. Lavraud, J. Luhmann, T. Niembro, A. Higginson, N. Alzate, S. Wallace, K. Paulson, A. Rouillard, A. Kouloumvakos, N. Poirier, J. C. Kasper, A. W. Case, M. L. Stevens, S. D. Bale, M. Pulupa, P. Whittlesey, R. Livi, K. Goetz, D. Larson, D. M. Malaspina, H. Morgan, A. A. Narock, N. A. Schwadron, J. Bonnell, P. Harvey, and J. Wygant. 2020. "Source and Propagation of a Streamer Blowout Coronal Mass Ejection Observed by the Parker Solar Probe." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 246 (2): 69 [10.3847/1538-4365/ab6ff9]

    Rouillard, A. P., A. Kouloumvakos, A. Vourlidas, et al. J. Kasper, S. Bale, N.-E. Raouafi, B. Lavraud, R. A. Howard, G. Stenborg, M. Stevens, N. Poirier, J. A. Davies, P. Hess, A. K. Higginson, M. Lavarra, N. M. Viall, K. Korreck, R. F. Pinto, L. Griton, V. Réville, P. Louarn, Y. Wu, K. Dalmasse, V. Génot, A. W. Case, P. Whittlesey, D. Larson, J. S. Halekas, R. Livi, K. Goetz, P. R. Harvey, R. J. MacDowall, D. Malaspina, M. Pulupa, J. Bonnell, T. D. de Witt, and E. Penou. 2020. "Relating Streamer Flows to Density and Magnetic Structures at the Parker Solar Probe." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 246 (2): 37 [10.3847/1538-4365/ab579a]

    Nieves-Chinchilla, T., A. Szabo, K. E. Korreck, et al. N. Alzate, L. A. Balmaceda, B. Lavraud, K. Paulson, A. A. Narock, S. Wallace, L. K. Jian, J. G. Luhmann, H. Morgan, A. Higginson, C. N. Arge, S. D. Bale, A. W. Case, T. D. Wit, J. Giacalone, K. Goetz, P. R. Harvey, S. I. Jones-Melosky, J. C. Kasper, D. E. Larson, R. Livi, D. J. McComas, R. J. MacDowall, D. M. Malaspina, M. Pulupa, N. E. Raouafi, N. Schwadron, M. L. Stevens, and P. L. Whittlesey. 2020. "Analysis of the Internal Structure of the Streamer Blowout Observed by the Parker Solar Probe During the First Solar Encounter." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 246 (2): 63 [10.3847/1538-4365/ab61f5]

    Howard, R. A., A. Vourlidas, V. Bothmer, et al. R. C. Colaninno, C. E. DeForest, B. Gallagher, J. R. Hall, P. Hess, A. K. Higginson, C. M. Korendyke, A. Kouloumvakos, P. L. Lamy, P. C. Liewer, J. Linker, M. Linton, P. Penteado, S. P. Plunkett, N. Poirier, N. E. Raouafi, N. Rich, P. Rochus, A. P. Rouillard, D. G. Socker, G. Stenborg, A. F. Thernisien, and N. M. Viall. 2019. "Near-Sun observations of an F-corona decrease and K-corona fine structure." Nature 576 (7786): 232-236 [10.1038/s41586-019-1807-x]

    Scott, R. B., D. I. Pontin, A. R. Yeates, P. F. Wyper, and A. K. Higginson. 2018. "Magnetic Structures at the Boundary of the Closed Corona: Interpretation of S-Web Arcs." The Astrophysical Journal 869 (1): 60 [10.3847/1538-4357/aaed2b]

    Higginson, A. K., and B. J. Lynch. 2018. "Structured Slow Solar Wind Variability: Streamer-blob Flux Ropes and Torsional Alfvén Waves." The Astrophysical Journal 859 (1): 6 [10.3847/1538-4357/aabc08]

    Higginson, A. K., S. K. Antiochos, C. R. DeVore, P. F. Wyper, and T. H. Zurbuchen. 2017. "Formation of Heliospheric Arcs of Slow Solar Wind." Astrophysical Journal 840 L10 [10.3847/2041-8213/aa6d72]

    Higginson, A. K., S. K. Antiochos, C. R. DeVore, P. F. Wyper, and T. H. Zurbuchen. 2017. "Dynamics of Coronal Hole Boundaries." Astrophysical Journal 837 113 [10.3847/1538-4357/837/2/113]

    Non-Refereed

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Solar Wind Disconnects Venus's Magnetotail." Eos 97 [10.1029/2016eo054773]

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Can Solar and Space Physics Students Find Research Careers?" Eos 97 [10.1029/2016eo053227]

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Electrons Thrown Off Course in Near-Earth Magnetic Reconnection." Eos 97 [10.1029/2016eo051175]

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Half of Atmospheric Joule Heating Is Due to Small Oscillations." Eos 97 [10.1029/2016eo047017]

    Higginson, A. 2016. "Sun's Magnetic Fields Best at Forecasting Solar Cycle Peaks." Eos 97 [10.1029/2016eo046603]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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