Harlan Spence

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

Ma, Q., Li, W., Yue, C., Thorne, R. M., Bortnik, J., Kletzing, C. A., . . . Spence, H. E. (2019). Ion Heating by Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron Waves and Magnetosonic Waves in the Earth's Inner Magnetosphere. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(12), 6258-6267. doi:10.1029/2019gl083513

Yue, C., Jun, C., Bortnik, J., An, X., Ma, Q., Reeves, G. D., . . . Kletzing, C. A. (2019). The Relationship Between EMIC Wave Properties and Proton Distributions Based on Van Allen Probes Observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(8), 4070-4078. doi:10.1029/2019gl082633

Cohen, I. J., Mauk, B. H., Turner, D. L., Fennell, J. F., Blake, J. B., Reeves, G. D., . . . Gabrielse, C. (2019). Drift‐Dispersed Flux Dropouts of Energetic Electrons Observed in Earth's Middle Magnetosphere by the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(6), 3069-3078. doi:10.1029/2019gl082008

Zeitlin, C., Narici, L., Rios, R. R., Rizzo, A., Stoffle, N., Hassler, D. M., . . . Spence, H. E. (2019). Comparisons of High‐Linear Energy Transfer Spectra on the ISS and in Deep Space. Space Weather, 17(3), 396-418. doi:10.1029/2018sw002103

Hao, Y. X., Zong, Q., Zhou, X., Rankin, R., Chen, X. R., Liu, Y., . . . Claudepierre, S. G. (2019). Global‐Scale ULF Waves Associated With SSC Accelerate Magnetospheric Ultrarelativistic Electrons. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124(3), 1525-1538. doi:10.1029/2018ja026134

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

Funsten, H. O., Skoug, R. M., Guthrie, A. A., MacDonald, E. A., Baldonado, J. R., Harper, R. W., . . . Chen, J. (2013). Helium, Oxygen, Proton, and Electron (HOPE) Mass Spectrometer for the Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission. Space Science Reviews, 179(1-4), 423-484. doi:10.1007/s11214-013-9968-7

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

Most Cited Publications