Robert Bruntz Print



:   atmospheric physicist; space physicist

:  Earth, Heliophysics


Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
PhD Physics 2012 University of Texas at Arlington
MS Physics 2005 University of Texas at El Paso
BA Linguistics 1999 University of Texas at El Paso

Robert Bruntz is a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).  Dr. Bruntz’s dissertation research involved simulations of the interaction between Earth’s magnetic field and the solar wind, with emphasis on the viscous interaction between the two.  His current research focuses on the simulation of atmospheric gravity waves, using the Transfer Function Model (TFM) and coupling neutral atmosphere waves to the ionosphere, to study the resultant traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs).  He also works with related observations of Earth’s atmosphere and ionosphere, such as high frequency radar observations of the ionosphere, including the SuperDARN network, and satellite observations, such as the ultraviolet (UV) and visible light data from the SSUSI instrument, flying on certain DMSP satellites.  He has recently also worked on the OVATION Prime 2013 empirical model, which uses solar wind data to predict the location and amplitude of 4 types of aurora.

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
IONOSPHERE Ionosphere/atmosphere interactions
IONOSPHERE Ionosphere/magnetosphere interactions
IONOSPHERE Wave propagation
MAGNETOSPHERIC PHYSICS Magnetopause and boundary layers
MAGNETOSPHERIC PHYSICS Solar wind/magnetosphere interactions
ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES Acoustic-gravity waves
Start Year End Year Description
2015 Current Postdoctoral Fellow, Geospace and Earth Science Group, JHU/APL
2012 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas at Arlington, Dept. of Physics
2011 2012 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas at Arlington, Dept. of Physics
2007 2010 Research Lab Supervisor, University of Texas at Arlington, Dept. of Physics
2004 2007 Research Lab Supervisor, Florida Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Start Year End Year Description
2001 Current Member, AGU (American Geophysical Union)
2001 Current Member, APS (American Physical Society)
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The following publication information was downloaded from
Pham, Kevin H., Lopez, Ramon E., Bruntz, Robert, (2016), The effect of a brief northward turning in IMF B-z on solar wind-magnetosphere coupling in a global MHD simulation, Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 121, 4291-4299

N. A. Gross, N. Arge, R. Bruntz, A. G. Burns, W. J. Hughes, D. Knipp, J. Lyon, S. McGregor, M. Owens, G. Siscoe, S. C. Solomon, M. Wiltberger, (2009), Space Physics for Graduate Students: An Activities-Based Approach, Eos Trans. {AGU}, 90, 13