Harlan Spence

Director, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
Professor of Physics
Phone: (603) 862-0322
Office: Earth, Oceans, & Space, Morse Hall Rm 305, Durham, NH 03824


  • Ph.D., Geophysics & Space Physics, University of California
  • M.S., Geophysics & Space Physics, University of California
  • B.A., Physics, Boston University
  • B.A., Astronomy, Boston University

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Jordan, A. P., Stubbs, T. J., Shusterman, M. L., Izenberg, N. R., Wilson, J. K., Hayne, P. O., . . . Spence, H. E. (2019). How dielectric breakdown may contribute to the global weathering of regolith on the moon. Icarus, 319, 785-794. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2018.10.025

Jun, C. -W., Yue, C., Bortnik, J., Lyons, L. R., Nishimura, Y., Kletzing, C., . . . Spence, H. (2019). A Statistical Study of EMIC Waves Associated With and Without Energetic Particle Injection From the Magnetotail. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124(1), 433-450. doi:10.1029/2018ja025886

Gkioulidou, M., Ohtani, S., Ukhorskiy, A. Y., Mitchell, D. G., Takahashi, K., Spence, H. E., . . . Barnes, R. J. (2019). Low-Energy (<keV) O+
Ion Outflow Directly Into the Inner Magnetosphere: Van Allen Probes Observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124(1), 405-419. doi:10.1029/2018ja025862

McComas, D. J., Christian, E. R., Schwadron, N. A., Fox, N., Westlake, J., Allegrini, F., . . . Zirnstein, E. J. (2018). Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP): A New NASA Mission. Space Science Reviews, 214(8). doi:10.1007/s11214-018-0550-1

Pinto, V. A., Bortnik, J., Moya, P. S., Lyons, L. R., Sibeck, D. G., Kanekal, S. G., . . . Baker, D. N. (2018). Characteristics, Occurrence, and Decay Rates of Remnant Belts Associated With Three‐Belt Events in the Earth's Radiation Belts. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(22), 12,099-12,107. doi:10.1029/2018gl080274

Thorne, R. M., Li, W., Ni, B., Ma, Q., Bortnik, J., Chen, L., . . . Kanekal, S. G. (2013). Rapid local acceleration of relativistic radiation-belt electrons by magnetospheric chorus. Nature, 504(7480), 411-414. doi:10.1038/nature12889

Blake, J. B., Carranza, P. A., Claudepierre, S. G., Clemmons, J. H., Crain, W. R., Dotan, Y., . . . Zakrzewski, M. P. (2013). The Magnetic Electron Ion Spectrometer (MagEIS) Instruments Aboard the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) Spacecraft. Space Science Reviews, 179(1-4), 383-421. doi:10.1007/s11214-013-9991-8

Spence, H. E., Reeves, G. D., Baker, D. N., Blake, J. B., Bolton, M., Bourdarie, S., . . . Thorne, R. M. (2013). Science Goals and Overview of the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma (ECT) Suite on NASA’s Van Allen Probes Mission. Space Science Reviews, 179(1-4), 311-336. doi:10.1007/s11214-013-0007-5

Reeves, G. D., Spence, H. E., Henderson, M. G., Morley, S. K., Friedel, R. H. W., Funsten, H. O., . . . Niehof, J. T. (2013). Electron Acceleration in the Heart of the Van Allen Radiation Belts. Science, 341(6149), 991-994. doi:10.1126/science.1237743

Chin, G., Brylow, S., Foote, M., Garvin, J., Kasper, J., Keller, J., . . . Zuber, M. (2007). Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Overview: The Instrument Suite and Mission. Space Science Reviews, 129(4), 391-419. doi:10.1007/s11214-007-9153-y

Most Cited Publications