Scientist Mentors & Villages Served

Aurora AliveROGER SMITH, Geophysical Institute Director
Smith studies aurora dynamics at high latitudes.
Smith mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of SAVOONGA, GAMBELL and DIOMEDE.

SYUN AKASOFU, International Arctic Research Center Director
Akasofu's world-renowned research has become the foundation of aurora studies around the globe.
Akasofu mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of ARCTIC VILLAGE, STEVENS VILLAGE and BEAVER.

WILLIAM BRISTOW, Assistant Professor, Geophysical Institute
Bristow uses a network of radars to study the aurora.
Bristow mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of UNALAKLEET, ST. MICHAEL and STEBBINS.

JOHN CRAVEN, Professor of Physics, Geophysical Institute
Craven designs instruments for spacecraft used to study the aurora.

CHARLES DEEHR, Professor Emeritus, Geophysical Institute
Deehr produces international Internet aurora forecasts.
Deehr mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of STEVENS VILLAGE, HUGHES and HUSLIA.

NETTIE LA BELLE-HAMER, Alaska Satellite Facility Director, Geophysical Institute
La Belle-Hamer studies radar images of Alaska that can be used in auroral research.
La Belle-Hamer mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of MINTO, RUBY and GALENA.

DIRK LUMMERZHEIM, Research Professor, Geophysical Institute
Lummerzheim studies aurora processes and arc formation.
Lummerzheim mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of SHISHMAREF, TELLER and BREVIG MISSION.

DANA MOUDRY, Post-doctoral Fellow, Geophysical Institute
Moudry uses remote sensing to study the ionosphere, where the aurora occurs.
Moudry mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of FT. YUKON, VENETIE and CHALKYITSIK.

ANTONIUS OTTO, Physics Professor, Geophysical Institute
Otto researches aurora dynamics and structures.
Otto mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of CIRCLE, NULATO and NOME.

WEI SUN, Research Associate, Geophysical Institute
Sun studies aurora magnetic storms and space weather.
Sun mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of ARCTIC VILLAGE, KOYUKUK, and NULATO.

BRENTON WATKINS
, Physics Professor, Geophysical Institute
Watkins uses radar to perform research and numerical modeling of aurora phenomena.
Watkins mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of KOYUK, SHAKTOOLIK and WALES.

HEINZ WIECHEN, Associate Professor, Geophysical Institute
Wiechen researches aurora-related dynamics and magnetospheric processes.
Wiechen mentors Aurora Alive students in the villages of WHITE MOUNTAIN, GOLOVIN and ELIM.