Roderick Heelis

Roderick Heelis


  • planetary atmospheres
  • space plasma sensors
  • solar terrestrial environment
  • space weather
  • magnetic fields


Katherine Morales

Expert at a Glance

Roderick Heelis, Ph.D. School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Cecil H. and Ida Green Chair
in Systems Biology Science
and Director of the William B. Hanson
Center for Space Sciences

Dr. Heelis is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and longtime expert on the ionosphere — the portion of the Earth’s atmosphere charged by solar radiation. His research interests range from planet-star interaction to the differences among planets with magnetic fields, and more. 

Heelis researches and designs instruments for space weather stations.  In 2008, his team saw the successful launch of the Communication and Navigation Outage Forecast System (C/NOFS) under the Coupled Ion Neutral Dynamics Investigation (CINDI), a two-year mission to discover how neutral gas motions and charged particle motions are related.

He received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Sheffield.

Updated: July 1, 2009