Duane H. Pontius, Jr.

T. Morris Hackey Professor of Physics

Birmingham-Southern College
Department of Physics
Box 549022
Birmingham, AL 35354


Ph. D., Department of Space Physics and Astronomy, 1988
Rice University, Houston, Texas
Thesis Advisor: Tom Hill
Dissertation: A Model for Plasma Transport in a Corotation-Dominated Magnetosphere

B. S., Magna Cum Laude, Physics, 1981
Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham, Alabama
Advisor: Hoyt Kaylor

Teaching Experience

Birmingham-Southern College
University of Delaware
Rice University

Research Experience

2005-present:  Birmingham-Southern College, Associate Professor.  Continuation of previous work on Jupiter's magnetosphere.  Modeled plasma interaction of Enceladus with Saturn's magnetosphere. 

1999-2005:  Birmingham-Southern College, Assistant Professor.  Continuation of previous work on Jupiter's magnetosphere and space weather.  Developed the Io current wing model.

1991-1999:  Bartol Research Institute, Research Scientist.  Conducted independent theoretical research on planetary magnetospheres, with fundamental discoveries about plasma dynamics at Jupiter.  Collaborated on studies of space weather and solar wind.  Designed and directed computer simulations to explore solar wind turbulence and field-line diffusion.

1987-1991: Rice University, Postdoctoral Research Associate.  Performed original scientific research on planetary magnetospheres.  Conceived and developed new theoretical models that resolved outstanding problems and made predictions subsequently verified by spacecraft observations.  Guided graduate student thesis research in space physics.

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(Revised 7 September 2010)