- Associate Professor
- Mark.Reynolds@erau.edu Email
- Physical Sciences Department
- College of Arts & Sciences
Office HoursM-W 2:00p-3:30p and TuTh 11:30a-12:30p
Areas of ExpertisePlasma physics, space physics
Dr. Reynolds received his B.A. in Physics from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1987, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1995. His dissertation was concerned with the role that waves play in the transport of energy and momentum in nonequilibrium plasmas.
He then spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Plasma Physics Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, where he studied space plasma physics, and three years as a faculty member at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Howard University.
In August 2001 he joined the faculty of the Department of Physical Sciences of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He teaches physics and engineering courses and his current research interests include nonlinear Alfvén waves in the solar wind, the quiet-time structure of the inner magnetosphere, and philosophy of science and the scientific method. He is currently teaching physics courses and also pursuing research into fundamental issues of plasma physics and space physics. Invitation: Come by my office, we'll have a cup of and talk about physics (or chess).
You can also borrow a book from my library. Or check out this list of books. My recent publications on arXiv can be found here. Or, if you want a letter of recommendation, see here. If you're interested in the Standard Model of particle physics, you can read my popular book "Fundamental Physics in the Third Millennium." (or purchase from Amazon) If you want a textbook on Modern Physics (relativity and quantum mechanics), you can read "Twentieth Century Physics" (or purchase from Amazon)
"The truth is, when all is said and done, one does not teach a subject, one teaches a student how to learn it. Teaching may look like administering a dose, but even a dose must be worked on by the body if it is to cure. Each individual must cure his or her own ignorance. Accordingly, all sound educational theory enjoins individual attention." - Jacques Barzun
- Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, University of California-Los Angeles
- M.S. - Master of Science in Physics, University of California-Los Angeles
- B.A. - Bachelor of Arts in Physics, University of California-Santa Cruz
- PS 113: Introductory Physics I
- EP 501: Nmrcl Mthds Engrs & Scientists
- PS 160: Physics for Engineers II
- PS 250: Physics for Engineers III
- EP 455: Quantum Mechanics
PS 103, Technical Physics I,
PS 150, Physics I for Engineers
PS 160, Physics II for Engineers
PS 215, Physics I
PS 219, Physics III
PS 226, Physics I
PS 227, Physics II
PS 228, Physics III
PS 250, Physics III for Engineers
PS 301, Astronomy
PS 303, Modern Physics
PS 320, Classical Mechanics
EP 101, Current Topics in Space Sciences
EP 345, Space Sciences Seminar
EP 393, Spaceflight Dynamics
EP 400, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
EP 410, Space Physics
EP 411, Space Physics II
EP 440, Electricity & Magnetism
EP 455, Quantum Mechanics
EP 495C, Plasma Physics and Engineering
EP 501, Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers
EP 509, Advanced Space Physics
EP 702, Theoretical Mechanics and Astrodynamics
AE 313, Space Mechanics
HON 250, The Physics and Philosophy of Time
- Interpreting Ulysses Data Using Inverse Scattering Theory: Oblique Alfv\u00e9n Waves Publications (2015)
- The Local-Time Variation of the Quiet Plasmasphere: Geosynchronous Observations and Kinetic Theory Publications (2003)
- Measurement of the Stochasticity of Low-Latitude Geomagnetic Temporal Variations Publications (2003)
- Thermal Plasmaspheric Morphology: Effect of Geomagnetic and Solar Activity Publications (1999)
- Ion Bernstein Waves Driven by Two Transverse Flow Layers Publications (1998)
- Inversion of Plasmaspheric EUV Remote Sensing Data from the STP 72-1 Satellite Publications (1998)
- Effect of Diurnal Convection on Trapped Thermal Plasma in the Outer Plasmasphere Publications (1997)
- Velocity\u2013Space Drag and Diffusion in a Model, Two-Dimensional Plasma Publications (1997)
- High-Frequency Fluctuations of a Modulated, Helical Electron Beam Publications (1996)
- Periods of EO and FV Comae Berenices and the Functional Forms of Their O-C Diagrams Publications (1986)
Twentieth Century Physics, CreateSpace 2012. ISBN 978-1479390205
Fundamental Physics in the Third Millennium, CreateSpace 2012. ISBN 978-1478391180
John Olivero, Bereket Berhane, Jon French, and M. A. Reynolds, "A Study of the Effects of Radiation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) on Humans and Safety Critical Systems," FAA-OSP, Final Report, November 2012.
M. A. Reynolds, "The Duhem-Quine thesis and the dark matter problem," arXiv:1507.06282 (2015).
H. R. Wheeler, M. A. Reynolds, and R. L. Hamilton, "Interpreting Ulysses data using inverse scattering theory: Oblique Alfven waves," J. Geophys. Res. 120(3), 1509-1515 (2015).
M. A. Reynolds and M. T. Shouppe, "Closed, spirograph-like orbits in power law central potentials," arXiv:1008.0559 (2010).
J. A. Wanliss and M. A. Reynolds, "Measurement of the stochasticity of low-latitude geomagnetic temporal variations," Ann. Geophys. 21, 2025-2030 (2003).
M. A. Reynolds, G. Ganguli, Y.-J. Su, and M. F. Thomsen, "The local-time variation of the quiet plasmasphere: Observations and kinetic theory," Ann. Geophys. 21, 2147-2154 (2003).
Reynolds, M. A., D. J. Melendez-Alvira, and G. Ganguli, 'Equatorial coupling between the plasmasphere and the topside ionosphere,' J. Atm. Solar-Terr. Phys. 63, 1267-1273 (2001).
G. Ganguli, Reynolds, M. A., and M. W. Liemohn, 'Recent advances in plasmaspheric research,' J. Atm. Solar-Terr. Phys. 62, 1647-1657 (2000).
Reynolds, M. A., Ganguli, J. A. Fedder, J. Lemaire, R. R. Meier, and D. J. Melendez-Alvira, 'Thermal plasmaspheric morphology: Effect of geomagnetic and solar activity,' J. Geophys. Res. 104, 10285-10294 (1999).
Ganguli, G., M. A. Reynolds, J. A. Fedder, D. J. Melendez-Alvira, and R. R. Meier, 'Kinetic Modeling of the inner magnetosphere: Application to remote sensing,' Phys. Space Plasmas 15, 97-101 (1998).
Meier, R. R., A. C. Nicholas, J. M. Picone, D. J. Melendez-Alvira, G. Ganguli, M. A. Reynolds, and E. C. Roelof, 'Inversion of plasmaspheric EUV remote sensing data from the STP 72-1 satellite,' J. Geophys. Res. 103, 17505-17518 (1998).
Reynolds, M. A., and G. Ganguli, 'Ion Bernstein waves driven by two transverse flow layers,' Phys. Plasmas 5, 2504-2512 (1998).
Reynolds, M. A., G. Ganguli, J. A. Fedder, and D. J. Melendez-Alvira, 'Effect of diurnal convection on trapped thermal plasma in the outer plasmasphere,' Geophys. Res. Lett. 24, 2255-2258 (1997).
Reynolds, M. A., B. D. Fried and G. J. Morales, 'Velocity-space drag and diffusion in a model, two-dimensional plasma,' Phys. Plasmas 4, 1286-1296 (1997).
Reynolds, M. A., and G. J. Morales, 'High-frequency fluctuations of a modulated, helical electron beam,' Phys. Plasmas 3, 4717-4724 (1996).
Reynolds, M. A., 'Periods of EO and FV Comae Berenices and the Functional Forms of Their O-C Diagrams,' J. Am. Assoc. Var. Star Obs. 15, 40-46 (1986).
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2006-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2001-2006
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Howard University, 1998-2001
Research Associate, National Research Council-Naval Research Laboratory, 1995-1998
Adjunct Professor, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), 1996-1999
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA, 1995
Research Assistant, Department of Physics and School of Engineering, UCLA, 1988-1994
Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, UCLA, 1988-1995
Research Fellow, Institute for Nonlinear Studies, UC Santa Cruz, 1987
Research Assistant, Maria Mitchell Observatory, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 1985
Memberships and Credentials
Member, American Physical Society (APS)
Member, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)