Olusegun Jonah

Dr. Olusegun Jonah received his education at the National Institute of Space Research, Brazil with a master and PhD in Space Geophysics (with concentration in science of ambient solar-terrestrial). He also holds Bachelor Degree in Physics Electrons at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria. He worked briefly as a Associate Research Scientist at the post-graduate institute and recently completed a three-year Post-Doctoral Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory. He current works at the NASA Jet Proportion Laboratory as Researcher under the NASA Postdoctoral Program.

  • B.Sc: Physics and Electronics Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, Nigeria, 2010.
  • Higher National Diploma (HND): Computer Technology, Institute of Sciences and Laboratory Technology Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. 2007.
  • Ordinary National Diploma (OND): Physics Electronics, Institute of Sciences and Laboratory Technology Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. 2005.
  • Certificate in Technical Education: NABTEB & Federal Craft Certificate, Federal Technical College Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria. 1999.

Research Interests: 

Using different ground based and space bourn instruments to such as GNSS and other sensors to study the temporal and spatial variation of the global lower and upper atmosphere. Conducting research in natural hazards detection of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions as well as man-made explosions.  Investigating the effects of Stratospheric Sudden Warming that occurs in the lower atmosphere on the ionosphere and studying the cause of atmospheric gravity waves as they propagate from tropospheric region to ionosphere region where they manifest as traveling Ionospheric disturbances.

Professional Experience: 

Ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere-middle atmosphere coupling; physics of ionosphere and thermosphere, with emphasis on the processes in the lower and mid-latitude thermosphere; waves and tides in the atmosphere and thermosphere; neutral winds, electric fields, and ion-neutral coupling.

Selected Awards: 
  • 2020, JPL-NASA Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • 2017, MIT Haystack Post-Doctoral Associate
  • 2013 CNPq/CAPE fellowship awards for Doctoral program in Space Geophysics at the National Space Research Institute (INPE).

  • 2011 CNPq fellowship award for Master’s program in Space Geophysics at the National Space Research Institute (INPE).

Selected Publications: 
  1. Jonah, O. F., S. Zhang, A. Coster, L. Goncharenko, P. J. Erickson, W. Rideout, E. R. de Paula, and R. De Jesus (2020), Understanding the Inter-Hemispheric Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances and their Mechanisms. Remote sensing, Remote Sens.12, 228; doi:10.3390/rs12020228
  2. Jonah, O. F., L. Goncharenko, P. J. Erickson, S. Zhang, A. Coster, J.L Chau, E. R. de Paula, W. Rideout (2020), ANOMALOUS BEHAVIOR OF THE EQUATORIAL IONIZATION ANOMALY DURING THE JULY 2, 2019 SOLAR ECLIPSE, Journal of Geophysical Research (Submitted).
  3. Jonah, O.F., Coster, A., Zhang, S., Goncharenko, L., Erickson, P.J., de Paula, E.R., & Kherani, E.A. (2018), TID Observations and Source Analysis During the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Geomagnetic Storm over North America. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123. https://doi.org/10.1029/ 2018JA025367.
  4. Jonah, O.F., Kherani, E.A., De Paula, E. R. (2017), Investigations of Conjugate MSTIDs over the Brazilian Sector During Daytime, Journal of Geophysical Research, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JA024365.
  5. Jonah, O.F., E.A. Kherani, E.R. De Paula (2016), Observation of TEC Perturbation Associated with Medium Scale Travelling Ionospheric Disturbance at the Brazilian Sector, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, 2531–2546, doi:10.1002/2015JA022273.
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