Marc Lessard

Phone: (603) 862-2590
Office: Space Science Center, Morse Hall Rm 417, Durham, NH 03824
A headshot of Marc Lessard, an associate professor in the Space Science Center.


  • Ph.D., Physics, Dartmouth College
  • B.S., University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 408: Honors/General Physics II
  • PHYS 605: Experimental Physics I
  • PHYS 703: Electricity and Magnetism I
  • PHYS 708: Optics
  • PHYS 797: Senior Design Project
  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Fritz, B. A., Heavisides, J., Young, M. A., Kim, H., & Lessard, M. R. (2018). ELF Whistler Dependence on a Sunlit Ionosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123(5), 3955-3964. doi:10.1029/2017ja024912

Kim, H., Clauer, C. R., Gerrard, A. J., Engebretson, M. J., Hartinger, M. D., Lessard, M. R., . . . Xu, Z. (2017). Conjugate observations of electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves associated with traveling convection vortex events. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122(7), 7336-7352. doi:10.1002/2017ja024108

Kim, H., Lessard, M. R., Jones, S. L., Lynch, K. A., Fernandes, P. A., Aruliah, A. L., . . . Yeoman, T. K. (2017). Simultaneous observations of traveling convection vortices: Ionosphere-thermosphere coupling. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122(5), 4943-4959. doi:10.1002/2017ja023904

Motoba, T., Ebihara, Y., Kadokura, A., Engebretson, M. J., Lessard, M. R., Weatherwax, A. T., & Gerrard, A. J. (2017). Fast‐moving diffuse auroral patches: A new aspect of daytime Pc3 auroral pulsations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122(2), 1542-1554. doi:10.1002/2016ja023285

Paulson, K. W., Smith, C. W., Lessard, M. R., Torbert, R. B., Kletzing, C. A., & Wygant, J. R. (2017). In situ statistical observations of Pc1 pearl pulsations and unstructured EMIC waves by the Van Allen Probes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122(1), 105-119. doi:10.1002/2016ja023160

Engebretson, M. J., Posch, J. L., Wygant, J. R., Kletzing, C. A., Lessard, M. R., Huang, C. -L., . . . Shiokawa, K. (2015). Van Allen probes, NOAA, GOES, and ground observations of an intense EMIC wave event extending over 12 h in magnetic local time. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 120(7), 5465-5488. doi:10.1002/2015ja021227

Engebretson, M. J., Lessard, M. R., Bortnik, J., Green, J. C., Horne, R. B., Detrick, D. L., . . . Rose, M. C. (2008). Pc1-Pc2 waves and energetic particle precipitation during and after magnetic storms: Superposed epoch analysis and case studies. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 113(A1), n/a. doi:10.1029/2007ja012362

Arnoldy, R. L. (2005). Pc 1 waves and associated unstable distributions of magnetospheric protons observed during a solar wind pressure pulse. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110(A7). doi:10.1029/2005ja011041

Lessard, M. R., & Knudsen, D. J. (2001). Ionospheric reflection of small-scale Alfvén waves. Geophysical Research Letters, 28(18), 3573-3576. doi:10.1029/2000gl012529

Hudson, M. K., Denton, R. E., Lessard, M. R., Miftakhova, E. G., & Anderson, R. R. (n.d.). A study of Pc-5 ULF oscillations. Annales Geophysicae, 22(1), 289-302. doi:10.5194/angeo-22-289-2004

Most Cited Publications