Meredith K Elrod

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Meredith K Elrod

  • RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
  • 301.614.5621
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 699
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIV OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
  • Positions/Employment

    1/2014 - Present

    Research Associate

    University Maryland College Park, NASA Goddard  MAVEN NGIMS Scientist and operations. 
    1/2013 - 1/2014

    Postdoc Researcher

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA  Primary Field of Research: Seasonal variations of the plasma in Saturn’s inner magnetosphere between the main rings and Enceladus through analysis of Cassini Plasma Spectrometer data. Assist with teaching duties of the applied mathematics course Ordinary Differential Equations, including teaching once a week quiz and review section, and hold 4 hours a week for student support.
    7/2007 - 1/2013

    Graduate Research Assistant

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA  Advisor: Robert E. Johnson. Primary Field of Research: Seasonal variations of the plasma in Saturn’s inner magnetosphere between the main rings and Enceladus through analysis of Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) data. My graduate work used the CAPS instrument; starting with the raw data converting it to numeric form, and using MATLAB to determine plasma parameters (density, temperature and velocity. In doing so I worked primarily on some of the noisiest features in Saturn’s magnetosphere, the region between the main rings and Enceladus. Assisted with teaching duties of the applied mathematics course Ordinary Differential Equations, including teaching once a week quiz and review section, and holding 4 hours a week for student support.

    Teaching Experience

     2006-2007 Fountain Ft Carson High School Fountain, CO
    Math Teacher
    Taught grades 9-12. Primary subjects included algebra and honors geometry (9th & 10th grade), remedial geometry and consumer mathematics (11th & 12th grade).

    2005-2006 Air Academy High School USAF Academy, CO

    Physics & Earth Science
    Taught grades 9-12. Subjects included AP Physics (calculus based), Honors Physics (grades 11 & 12), Earth & Space Science (9th grade) with a focus on geology, astronomy, weather, and earth science.

    2002-2005 General William Mitchell High School Colorado Springs, CO

    Physics, Astronomy and General Science Teacher
    Taught grades 9-12. Subjects included Physics (11th & 12th grade), Astronomy (11th & 12th grade), and general science (9th grade).

    Education

    PhD-Engineering Physics (Planetary Science)
    University Of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA(2007 – 2012)

    MA-Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education)
    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO(2002 – 2006)

    Professional Teaching Certification (Secondary Mathematics & Science)
    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO(2001-2002)

    BA & BS Physics & Mathematics
    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO(1996 -2001)

    Publications

    Refereed

    Elrod, M. K., W.-L. Tseng, A. Woodson, and R. Johnson. 2014. "Seasonal and radial trends in Saturn’s thermal plasma between the main rings and Enceladus." Icarus, 242: 130-137 [doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.07.020]

    Publications

    Refereed

    Elrod, M. K., W.-L. Tseng, A. Woodson, and R. Johnson. 2014. "Seasonal and radial trends in Saturn’s thermal plasma between the main rings and Enceladus." Icarus 242 130-137 [doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.07.020]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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