Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D. Geophysics & Space Physics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, in progress
  • M.S. Geophysics & Space Physics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2019
  • B.S. Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2008
  • A.S. Mathematics, Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA, 2005

Research Experience

UCLA Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012 – present
  • Produce 2-D and 3-D dynamic spectra in MATLAB for Venus Express 128 Hz magnetometer data. Examine power, ellipticity, and propagation angle to identify whistler-mode waves.
  • Develop statistical dataset of whistlers and analyze correlations with altitude, latitude, longitude, local time, and solar zenith angle.
  • Calculate energy fluxes of plasma waves in the ionosphere of Venus.
  • Develop audification technique to listen to plasma waves with magnetic field data.
  • Data cleaning for high resolution dual-magnetometer data.
  • Aided in developing the student led Venus Electromagnetic Investigation of Lightning (VEIL) for the VERITAS NASA Discovery proposal.
Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006 – 2007
  • Used Astronomical Image Processing System (AIPS) to produce 3-color images of galaxy M101 from Very Large Array telescope
  • Examined images of M101 in 3, 5, and 8 µm bands in search of star forming regions

Professional Experience

IT Administrator, UCLA Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, 2008 – 2019
  • Manage Network File System (NFS) and Samba shares for Solaris, Linux, and Windows workstations.
  • Manage Domain Name Services (DNS) and Name Information Services (NIS) for local subnet.
  • Maintain and improve efficiency of subnet.
  • Maintain Sendmail and Postfix email servers.
  • Build and maintain Apache and Tomcat webservers.
  • Build and update web pages using HTML5, PHP, and CSS.
  • Manage redundancy mirroring and backups to magnetic tapes and RAID servers.
  • Manage group software and licenses, both stand-alone and network floating.
  • Upgrade user workstation hardware and software as necessary (Windows, Mac, Solaris, Linux).
  • Build and configure servers for web, DNS, NIS, NFS, and DHCP.
  • Build and configure RAID data servers for Dawn, MMS, and STEREO NASA science missions.
  • Configure PCs for remote ground magnetometer stations, including for the THEMIS project.
  • Manage data receiving and processing of data for ground magnetometers.
  • Develop scripts in Perl, Python, and Unix shells for data processing and backup procedures.
  • Maintain and upgrade laser and poster printers.
  • Build and maintain data server for Dawn Asteroid Mappers project.
  • Data processing for POLAR Magnetic Field Experiment.
  • Assist employees and associates with any computer/network/software related problems.

Teaching Experience

Math Lab Tutor, Antelope Valley College, 2004 – 2005
  • Level 2 certified tutor
  • Provided math tutoring for all lower division math courses, including calculus and linear algebra
  • Administered individualized self-study math courses
  • Develop study guides to supplement student learning

Grants

  • NASA Solar System Workings 2017, Graduate Student Investigator

Professional Societies

  • American Geophysical Union 2012 – present
  • American Astronomical Society, 2015 – present

Professional Service and Development

  • Served as Executive Secretary on a Proposal Review Panel for NASA’s Discovery Data Analysis Program, Rockville, MD, January 2017
  • Served as Executive Secretary on a Proposal Review Panel for NASA’s Planetary Data Archiving and Restoration Tools Program, Crystal City, VA, October 2016
  • Science liaison for “Exploring Your Universe” activities including solar telescopes and Dawn exhibit, University of California, Los Angeles, November 2013-2017
  • Presented UCLA Science Outreach program activities to students and teachers of Kelley Elementary School, Compton, CA, May 28, 2014
  • Generated hi-res projected images for surface of asteroid Vesta using Dawn Framing Camera data for the Asteroid Mappers citizen science project. https://cosmoquest.org/x/science/vesta/, 2012-2014

Research Interests

  • Lightning in the cloud layers of Venus
  • Charge exchange mechanisms that produce lightning discharges
  • Propagation of whistler-mode waves in ionospheres and magnetospheres
  • Transient Luminous Events (TLE) and their effects on the ionosphere

Refereed Publications

Russell, C.T., Leinweber, H., Hart, R.A., Wei, H.Y., Strangeway, R.J., Zhang, T.L. (2013), Venus Express observations of ULF and ELF waves in the Venus ionosphere: Wave properties and sources, Icarus, 226, 1527–1537.

In Prep for Publication

Hart, R.A. and Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L., Statistics of Lightning on Venus from Whistler-Mode Wave Observations by Venus Express, in prep.

Recent Abstracts/Posters and Presentations

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2019). Energetics of Lightning-Generated Whistler-Mode Waves at Venus. Poster presented at 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 9.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Pabari, J.P., Zhang, T.L. (2019). Lightning Generated Whistlers at Venus: Statistics of Poynting Flux Estimates. Oral presentation at European Planetary Science Congress 2019, Geneva, Switzerland, September 19.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2018). Statistics and Energetics of Lightning on Venus 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Moscow, Russia, July 18.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2018). Statistics and Energetics of Lightning on Venus. Oral presentation at European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria, April 12.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2016). Energy Estimates of Lightning-Generated Whistler-Mode Waves in the Venus Ionosphere. Oral presentation at 48th Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences, Pasadena, CA, October 17.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2016). Lightning on Venus: A Statistical Study of Whistlers Observed by Venus Express. UCLA Space Physics Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, May 13.

Russell, C.T., Hart, R.A., Strangeway, R.J., Zhang, T.L. (2016). Lightning Observations at Venus: A Review of the Measurements over the Last Half Century. Oral presentation at International Venus Conference 2016, Oxford, UK, April 4-8.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2016). Whistler-Mode Wave Observations from Venus Express: The Smoking Gun for Lightning on Venus. Poster presented at International Venus Conference 2016, Oxford, UK, April 4-8.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2015). Fluctuations in the Venusian Ionosphere and Their Effect on Venus Express Lightning Detection Rates. Poster presented at 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 18.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2015). Statistical Survey of Whistler Mode Signals in the Venus Ionosphere: A Proxy Study of Venus Lightning. Oral presentation at European Planetary Science Congress 2015, Nantes, France, October 1.

Russell, C.T., Hart, R.A., Zhang, T.L. (2015). The Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Lightning-Generated Whistlers at Venus. Oral presentation at Asia Oceania Geosciences Society 12th Annual Meeting, Singapore, August 5.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2015). An Overview Lightning Statistics from Venus Express. Oral presentation at Venus Express Science Team Meeting, Lecce, Italy, June 4-5.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2015). Ionospheric Modulation of Venus Express Lightning Detection Rates. Poster presented at Joint JPL-UCLA Planetary Science Workshop, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, May 27.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2015). A Survey of Lightning-Generated Whistlers in the Venusian Ionosphere. Oral presentation at European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria, April 16.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2015). An Overview of Lightning Induced Whistler-Mode Waves Observed by Venus Express. Oral presentation at 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, March 16.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2014). A Statistical Study of Lightning Occurrence Rates from Venus Express Observations. Poster presented at 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 17.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2014). Lightning Occurrence Statistics from Venus Explorer Observations of ELF Emissions. Oral presentation at 40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Moscow, Russia, August 8.

Russell, C.T., Hart, R.A., Zhang, T.L. (2014). Venus Express Contributions to the Study of Planetary Lightning. Oral presentation at European Planetary Science Congress 2014, Lisbon Portugal, September 11.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2014). Lightning Occurrence Statistics from Venus Explorer Observations of ELF Emissions. Oral presentation at European Planetary Science Congress 2014, Lisbon Portugal, September 11.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2014). Lightning Occurrence in the Venus Atmosphere: Statistics from Venus Explorer Observations of ELF Emissions. Poster presented at European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, May 1.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Wei, H.Y., Zhang, T.L. (2013). The Importance of Venus Lightning Investigations. Poster presented at 2013 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 12.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Zhang, T.L. (2013). Lightning Occurrence Statistics from Venus Explorer Observations of ELF Emissions. Oral presentation at European Planetary Science Congress 2013, London, UK, September 10.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Leinweber, H., Wei, H.Y., Strangeway, R.J., Zhang, T.L. (2013) Dispersive Signals in the Venus Ionosphere. Oral presentation at European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria, April 8.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Leinweber, H., Wei, H.Y., Strangeway, R.J., Zhang, T.L. (2013). Mapping Venus Lightning Using ULF Waves in the Lower Ionosphere. Oral presentation at 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, March 21.

Hart, R.A., Russell, C.T., Leinweber, H., Wei, H.Y., Strangeway, R.J., Zhang, T.L. (2012). ULF and ELF Electromagnetic Waves over Venus Electrical Storms. Oral presentation at 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 4.