Dave Pawlowski

A photo of Dave Pawlowski


Physics and Astronomy Department; Environmental Science and Society (ENVI) Interdisciplinary Program

240D Strong Hall


[email protected]


  • Ph. D., Space Physics, University of Michigan, 2009
  • MS, Space Physics, University of Michigan, 2007
  • MS, Physics, University of Utah, 2005
  • BS, Physics, Bradley University, 2002

Interests and Expertise

Space Environment Computational Laboratory (SECL)
Research Interests
  • Ionospheric and thermospheric physics
  • Modeling of the geospace environment
  • Space weather prediction
  • Planetary upper atmosphere modeling (Earth, Mars, exoplanets)
  • Photochemical models
  • Atmosphere in a test tube


  • PHY 221 Mechanics, Sound and Heat
  • PHY 222 Electricity and Light
  • PHY 223 Mechanics and Sound
  • PHY 224 Electricity and Light
  • PHY 280 Foundations of Scientific Computing
  • PHY 350 Electrodynamics I
  • PHY 380 Computational Physics
  • PHY 420 Physics Capstone Project
  • PHY 450 Electrodynamics II
  • ASTR 330 Comparative Planetology
  • CSIE 178 Physics and Engineering as a Career

Publications and Presentations

  • Fang, X., Forbes, J. M., Gan, Q., Liu, G., Thaller, S., Bougher, S., Andersson, L., Benna, M., Eparvier, F., Ma, Y., Pawlowski, D., England, S., Jakosky, B. (2021). Tidal Effects on the Longitudinal Structures of the Martian Thermosphere and Topside Ionosphere Observed by MAVEN. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 126(2), e2020JA028562.
  • Jain, S. K., Bougher, S. W., Deighan, J., Schneider, N. M., González Galindo, F., Stewart, A. I. F., ... & Pawlowski, D. (2020). Martian thermospheric warming associated with the Planet Encircling Dust Event of 2018. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(3), e2019GL085302.
  • Fang, X., Ma, Y., Lee, Y., Bougher, S., Liu, G., Benna, M., Mahaffy, P., Montabone, L., Pawlowski, D., Dong, C., Dong, Y., Jakosky, B. (2020). Mars dust storm effects in the ionosphere and magnetosphere and implications for atmospheric carbon loss. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 125(3), e2019JA026838.
  • Xiaohua Fang, David Pawlowski, Yingjuan Ma, Stephen Bougher, Edward Thiemann, Francis Eparvier, Wenbin Wang, Chuanfei Dong, Christina O Lee, Yaxue Dong, et al. Mars upper atmospheric responses to the 10 September 2017 solar flare: A global,time-dependent
    simulation. (2019). Geophysical Research Letters, 46(16):9334–9343
  • Roeten, K. J., Bougher, S. W., Benna, M., Mahaffy, P. R., Lee, Y., Pawlowski, D., Gonzalez-Galindo, F., López‐Valverde, M. Á. (2019). MAVEN/NGIMS thermospheric neutral wind observations: Interpretation using the M‐GITM general circulation model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 124(12), 3283-3303.
  • Lee, Y., Dong, C., Pawlowski, D., Thiemann, E., Tenishev, V., Mahaffy, P., et al. (2018). Effects of a solar flare on the Martian hot O corona and photochemical escape. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 68146822. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL077732
  • Dong C., S. W. Bougher,Y. Ma, Y. Lee, G. Toth, A. F. Nagy, X. Fang, J. Luhmann, M. W. Liemohn, J. S. Halekas, V. Tenishev, D. J. Pawlowski, M. R. Combi (2018), Solar wind interaction with the Martian upper atmosphere: Roles of the cold thermosphere and hot oxygen corona, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 123. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JA025543
  • Thiemann, E. M. B., Andersson, L., Lillis, R., Withers, P., Xu, S., Elrod, M., Pawlowski, D., et al (2018). The Mars Topside Ionosphere Response to the X8.2 Solar Flare of 10 September 2017. Geophysical Research Letters, 45. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL077730
  • Jakosky, B. M., et al. "Loss of the Martian atmosphere to space: Present-day loss rates determined from MAVEN observations and integrated loss through time." Icarus 315 (2018): 146-157.
    Dong, Chuanfei, Stephen W. Bougher, Yingjuan Ma, Gabor Toth, Yuni Lee, Andrew F. Nagy, Valeriy Tenishev, Dave J. Pawlowski, Michael R. Combi, and Dalal Najib. ”Solar wind interaction with the Martian upper atmosphere: Crustal field orientation, solar cycle, and seasonal variations.” Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics (2015).\
  • Bougher, S. W., D. Pawlowski, J. M. Bell, S. Nelli, T. McDunn, J. R. Murphy, M. Chizek, and A. Ridley (2015), ”Mars Global Ionosphere Thermosphere Model: Solar cycle, seasonal, and diurnal variations of the Mars upper atmosphere.” Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 120, no. 2: 311-342.
  • Pawlowski, D. J., A. J. Ridley (2011), The effects of different solar flare characteristics on the global thermosphere, J. Atmos. Sol-Terr. Phys., 73, p 1840–1848, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2011.04.004.
  • Pawlowski, D. J., A. J. Ridley (2009),Quantifying the effect of thermospheric parameterization in a global model, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 71, p. 2017–2026, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2009.09.007
  • Pawlowski, D. J., A. J. Ridley (2009), Modeling the ionospheric response to the October 28, 2003 solar flare due to coupling with the thermosphere, Radio Science, 44, RS0A23, doi:10.1029/2008RS004081.
  • Pawlowski, D. J., A. J. Ridley (2008), Modeling the thermospheric response to solar flares,J. Geophys. Res., 113, A10309, doi:10.1029/2008JA013182
  • Pawlowski, D. J., A. J. Ridley, I. Kim and D. S. Bernstein (2008), Global model comparison with Millstone Hill during September 2005, J. Geophys. Res., 113, A01312, doi:10.1029/2007JA012390
  • Kim, I. S., D. J. Pawlowski, A. J. Ridley, D. S. Bernstein (2008), Localized data assimilation in the ionosphere-thermosphere using a sampled-data unscented kalman filter, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, June 11–13, 2008, Seattle, Washington, USA


Physics Majors

Astronomy Minors