Spencer Hatch

Postdoctoral Associate in Physics and Astronomy

I am part of the LaBelle Space Physics Group, where I have primarily studied the role of small-scale Alfvén waves in energy deposition, electron acceleration, and ion outflow in the auroral ionosphere. I am also interested in dynamic driving of the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system and how deviations from thermal equilibrium influence current closure in the ionosphere.

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Outside of work I am a husband and father—a reality that singly inspires a "smarter, not harder" approach to my work—and a lover of music, both playing and listening.

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Education: 
B.S. in Physics, Weber State University, Ogden UT
Ph.D. in Space Plasma Physics, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH