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Heinz Wiechen: Curriculum Vitae


Heinz Michael Wiechen

Date of Birth:

June 5, 1958




Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320, USA

Present Position:

Associate Professor for Space Physics

Previous Positions:

Lecturer for Geophysics, University of Munich, Germany (10/2000 - 12/2003)

Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Interdisciplinary Plasma Science, Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany (03/2001 - 09/2002)

Associate Professor for Theoretical Physics, University of Munich, Germany (10/2000 - 02/2001)

Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Munich, Germany (07/1997 - 09/2000)

Senior Research Scientist at the Max-Planck-Istitute for Aeronomy, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (01/1997 - 06/1997)

Senior Research Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrstrial Physics, Berlin Department, Germany (09/1993 - 12/1996)

Research Scientist at the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and Space Physics, University of Bochum, Germany (07/1985 - 08/1993)

Academic Degrees

1985      Diploma in Physics (University of Bochum, Germany)

1989      PhD (Dr. rer nat.) in Physics (University of Bochum, Germany)

2000      Habilitation (Venia Docendi) in Geophysics (University of Munich, Germany)

Research Interests

Space Physics, Plasma Physics, Astrophysics, Numerical Modelling and Simulation

Dynamics of fully ionized gases, dynamics of partially ionizes gases, dynamics of partially ionized, dusty plasmas

Active phenomena in complex plasmas, plasma- neutral gas -dust coupling, self-magnetization, magnetic reconnection, waves, instabilities, transport processes, acceleration processes, structure formation, collective dissipation


Courses and seminars on the graduate and undergraduate level including Theoretical Mechanics, Plasma Physics, Space Physics, Astrophysics, Magnetospheric Physics

Supervision of Diploma and PhD students


German Physical Society, Europea Geophysical Society, American Geophysical Union, Associate of COSPAR

Referee Activities

AGU (American Geophysical Union) Monograph Series, Physica Scripta, Geophysical Research Letters, Astrophysical Journal, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Physics of Plasmas, Journal of Geophysical Research, Chaos.

Administrative Experiences

Successful application for several grants of the German Research Council (DFG), and the German Space Agency (DLR)

Organization of International Conferences

Participation in International Satellite Missions

Team leader of the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics in the INTAS-Project "Physics of the Heliosphere Plasma Flow"


Member of the Comprehensive Exam Committee, Physics Dept., UAF.

Member of the Committee on the Basic Physics and Service Program, Phys. Dept., UAF.

Member of several Graduate Advisory Committees.

Referee for the UAF Physics Graduate Program.

Member of Graduate Academic and Advisory Committee, UAF.

Member of the UAF Faculty Senat.

Member of the Expert Team of the Aurora Alive Program.

Scientific Mentor of Aurora Alive students in White Mountain, Golovin and Elim.

Referee for the CEDAR Student Poster Competition, Santa Fe, 2005.


About 55 publications and more than 75 talks and contribuitions to conferences and workshops (21 invited)

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