Fred Hall IV

Doctor of Philosophy in Space Physics

Through 31 May 2006:
Geophysical Institute
P.O. Box 757320
903 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320
(907) 474-7580
(907) 474-7290 (FAX)

After 6 June 2006:
582 Kathy's Way
Xenia, OH 45385
(937) 372-4259


Hello. I thank you for visiting my home page. I am a newly-minted Doctor of Philosophy in Space Physics. I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Physics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks . My dissertation research concerned a mechanism for current sheet thinning in the late growth phase of magnetospheric substorms. (Interested persons can find more information here .) I was also a graduate research assistant in the Space Physics and Aeronomy Group of the Geophysical Institute . My dissertation advisor was Dr. Antonius Otto. I received my Ph.D. in Space Physics on Sunday, 14 May 2006 (Mother's Day). I plan to seek post-doctoral research positions and/or visiting professor positions that will allow me to continue my professional development. Eventually I plan to seek a tenure-track faculty position at a college or university that will allow me to maintain a suitable balance of teaching, research, and public outreach activities.


I moved to Alaska to continue my graduate studies, which I had begun in the Department of Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. [That department has since re-organized, with some of my former professors now in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, while others are now in the Department of Physics. (Many of my plasma physics professors had already had joint appointments with the Department of Physics when I was there.)] I earned my Master of Science in plasma physics in 1995. My advisor in Colorado was Dr. Ellen Gould Zweibel. She has since relocated to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics in the Astronomy Department. (Those who visit Dr. Zweibel's home page will find that I adapted the format of that page for my purposes in creating this page.)

I began my college career in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Ohio University . I earned a Bachelor of Science in physics with a concentration in astronomy from the Honors Tutorial College in 1991. My advisor there was Dr. David S. Onley.


Again, I thank you for visiting. I offer the opportunity to download my curriculum vitae (CV)  (in the form of a PDF document) to anybody who may be interested in perusing these documents. I also invite interested persons to visit my personal page.

Last modified 18 May 2006