University of Alberta

Dr Robert Rankin's research activity involves a combination of theory and computation surrounding the study the physics of solar-terrestrial interaction. He is the head of the Space Physics Laboratory at the University of Alberta and has developed outstanding databases of satellite and ground-based array observations. Rankin's current research interests include but are not limited to 2D and 3D numerical simulations of non-linear wave phenomena and instabilities associated with auroral arc formation, substorm physics, global MHD modeling, polar cusp dynamics, astrophysical plasma physics, and space weather. Dr Rankin is recognized as an expert in space physics and he is nationally known as a driving force behind magnetic storm research in Canada.