Olga Verkhoglyadova

Dr. Olga Verkhoglyadova is a member of the Ionospheric and Atmospheric Remote Sensing Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, specializing in scientific aspects of ionospheric and atmospheric remote sensing with GPS and Low-Orbiting Satellite and space weather. She has been with JPL since 2008. Dr. Verkhoglyadova has studied and modeled ionospheric and thermospheric dynamics during magnetic storms and analyzed TIMED satellite measurements. She is currently involved in processing radio occultations of COSMIC, SAC-C and CHAMP and retrievals of atmospheric parameters. Dr. Verkhoglyadova studied effects of ICMEs on S-band signal links for the JPL Deep Space Network. She participates in GPS data processing and analysis of earthquake effects on the ionosphere. Dr. Verkhoglyadova studied properties of low-frequency waves in the Earth’s magnetosphere (chorus and hiss) and analyzed wave data from GEOTAIL and POLAR. Dr. Verkhoglyadova is also a Research Scientist at Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, University of Alabama in Huntsville where she participates in development of the PATH (Particle Acceleration and Transport in Heliosphere) code for modeling of particle acceleration at travelling ICME-driven shocks. She also studies solar energetic particle effects on the middle atmosphere and ozone depletion. Dr. Verkhoglyadova is a recipient of several NASA awards and a co-author of about 80 scientific papers.

  • PhD in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (1992), Kiev University, Kiev, Ukraine.
  • MS in space physics (Summa Cum Laude, 1989), Kiev University, Kiev, Ukraine.

Research Interests: 

GPS data processing and analysis, ionosphere modeling, space weather, study of heliospheric-ionospheric-atmospheric coupling under various solar wind conditions, solar energetic particle impacts on the middle atmosphere, space plasma physics, and wave data analysis.

Professional Experience: 
  • Has been working at JPL since September 2008
  • also is a Research Scientist at Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Visiting Researcher at Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University, Japan, 2006-2007
  • Research Scientist at Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California in Riverside, 2003-2008
  • Associate Professor of the Astronomy and Space Physics Department, Kiev University, Kiev, Ukraine, 1999-2002
  • Assistant Professor of the Astronomy and Space Physics Department, Kiev University, Kiev, Ukraine, 1996-1999
  • Acting Head of the Space Physics Research Laboratory of Kiev University, Kiev, Ukraine, 1995-1996
  • Adjunct Professor at Aircraft and Space Systems Department of the National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine, 1994-1995
  • Research Scientist at the Astronomy and Space Physics Department, Kiev University, Kiev, Ukraine, 1992-1995

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Space Act Award for the development of a significant scientific or technical contribution, 2010
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, 2010
  • 2 NASA Awards for contributing to the development of scientific or technical innovation, 2010-2011
  • Plasma Physics Fellowship from the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, 2001  
  • INTAS Award 99- 0078 (International Association for the promotion of cooperation with scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union, an international non-profit association organized under the laws of Belgium), 1999-2002        
  • Fellowship for Distinguished Young Scientists, the Council of Ministers of Ukraine, 1998- 1999
  • The Soros Foundation Grant for Young Scientists awarded by American Physical Society, 1992 (one of the first recipients in Ukraine)

Selected Publications: 
  1. Verkhoglyadova, O. P., Tsurutani, B. T., and G. S. Lakhina (2013), Theoretical analysis of Poynting flux and polarization for ELF-VLF electromagnetic waves in the Earth's magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 118, doi:10.1002/2013JA019371.
  2. Verkhoglyadova, O. P., Tsurutani, B. T., Mannucci, A. J., Mlynczak, M. G., Hunt, L. A., and Runge, T. (2013), Variability of ionospheric TEC during solar and geomagnetic minima (2008 and 2009): external high speed stream drivers, Ann. Geophys., 31, 263-276, doi:10.5194/angeo-31-263-2013.
  3. Verkhoglyadova, O. P., G. Li, X. Ao, and G. P. Zank (2012), Radial dependence of peak proton and iron ion fluxes in SEP events: application of the PATH code, Astrophys. J., 757, 75.
  4. Thomas, J. N., J. J. Love, A. Komjathy, O. P. Verkhoglyadova, M. Butala, and N. Rivera (2012), On the reported ionospheric precursor of the 1999 Hector Mine, California earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L06302, doi:10.1029/2012GL051022.
  5. Leroy, S., C. Ao, O.P. Verkhoglyadova (2012), Mapping GPS radio occultation data by Bayesian interpolation, J. Atmosph. Oceanic Technology, doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00179.1.  
  6. Verkhoglyadova, O. P., B. T. Tsurutani, A. J. Mannucci, M. G. Mlynczak, L. A. Hunt, A. Komjathy, and T. Runge (2011), Ionospheric VTEC and thermospheric infrared emission dynamics during corotating interaction region and high-speed stream intervals at solar minimum: 25 March to 26 April 2008, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A09325, doi:10.1029/2011JA016604.
  7. Morabito, D.D., O.P. Verkhoglyadova, D. Han, and J.E. Riedel (2011), The effects of earthward directed interplanetary coronal mass ejections on near-Earth S-band signal links, Radio Science, 46, RS6001, doi:10.1029/2011RS004718.  
Olga Verkhoglyadova
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