TURNER, Niescja

Associate Professor
College of Science

Personal Overview

Dr. Turner is a space physicist whose research focuses on geomagnetic storms.

Educational Background

Diploma, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, Natchitoches, Louisiana 1990
B.A., Physics Rice University, Houston, Texas 1994
M.S., Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences University of Colorado, Boulder 1996
Ph.D., Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences University of Colorado, Boulder 2000

Recognition & Awards

Joan Bixby Award, 2013

National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2003

Florida Tech Faculty Summer Institute, 2006

NASA Group Achievement Award, POLAR EFI Team, 1998

University of Colorado Graduate Teacher Program Certification, 2001

American Geophysical Union Outstanding Student Paper Award, Fall 1999

American Geophysical Union Outstanding Student Paper Award, Spring 1999

University of Colorado University Fellowship, annually, 1994 - 2000

Departmental Honors Fellowship, 1999 - 2000

Sommers-Bausch Observatory Astrophotography Award, May, 1997

Professional Experience

Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Space Sciences
March 2010 -- Present


Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Space Sciences
August 2004 -- March 2010


University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
Jan. 2002 -- Aug. 2004


Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
Scientist, Geophysical Research
Jan. 2001 -- Dec. 2001


University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Research Associate and Research Assistant, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
1995 -- 2000


University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Instructor, Dept. of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
Summer 1998


University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Outreach Coordinator, Script Author, Fiske Planetarium
1996 -- 1997



Other Creative Scholarly Work


Florida Energy Assurance Plan Workshop and Exercises: Led the scientific and training side of the nation’s (and, as far as we know, the world’s) first-ever emergency preparedness exercise geared specifically to the aftermath of severe geomagnetic storms. Leaders from the Department of Energy, the Space Weather Prediction Center, Metatech Corporation, and the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council came to Melbourne, Florida for our workshop. I trained and worked with over 500 emergency managers, law en- forcement, and industry partners from all over Florida, in collaboration with Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA, Spring 2012. 


Florida Governor's School for Space Science and Technology: A two-week, residential academy for academically gifted high school seniors. Run jointly with astronaut Sam Durrance, the school’s focus is involving the students in research projects and letting the research topics drive the curriculum taught. Covered topics have included astronomical and space exploration history, observational astronomy, orbital mechanics, rocket propulsion technology, space weather, the search for extra-solar planets, and astrobiology. The academy is held at Kennedy Space Center and Florida Tech in the summers and we are now adding an online academic-year component during the academic year 2012-2013. 


Kids In Space: Exploring Our Solar System: An original full-length, interactive planetarium show written for
Fiske Planetarium in Boulder. The astronomy content for this show was selected after numerous visits to area schools and consultations with teachers and administrators in the Boulder Valley School District. The show opened in 2000 and is currently shown to ~ 7000 audience members annually.

 

Current Research

Dr. Turner's research concerns magnetic storms. She studies the coupling of energy from the solar wind into the magnetosphere and the global responses to this exchange. She has a particular interest in different types of solar wind structures and their influence on the Sun-Earth system.

Selected Publications

Cramer, W. D., N. E. Turner, M.-C. Fok, and N. Y. Buzulukova, "Effects of Different Geomagnetic Storm Drivers on the Ring Current: CRCM Results," J. Geophys. Res., in press, 2013. 

Turner, N. E., W. Murtagh, K. Guthrie, K. Nykyri, W. A. Radasky, and E. Senkowicz, "Florida Energy Assurance Plan," Space Weather, 10, S08015, doi:10.1029/2012SW000834, 2012.

Meredith, S. L., S. K. Earles, I. N. Kostanic, N. E. Turner, and C. E. Otero, "How Lightning Tortuosity Affects the Electromagnetic Fields by Augmenting their Effective Distance", Progress in Electromagnetics Research B, vol. 25, pp 155-169, 2010.

Meredith, S. L., S. K. Earles, and N. E. Turner, "A New Method for Describing the Horizontal Electric Field Induced by a Lightning Strike Return Stroke," Proceedings of the Twentieth International Conference on Electromagnetic Disturbances, 2010. 

Meredith, S. L., S. K. Earles, and N. E. Turner "A New Method to Describe Image Theory for an Imperfect Conductor," Journal of Mathematics and Statistics, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 131-135, 2010.

Meredith, S. L., S. K. Earles, and N. E. Turner "The Horizontal Electric Field Induced by a Lightning Return Stroke," Journal of Mathematics and Statistics, vol. 6 no. 3, pp 210-216, 2010.

Meredith, S. L., S. K. Earles, I. N. Kostanic, and N. E. Turner "The Magnetic Field Induced by a Lightning Strike's Indirect Effect Double Exponential Current Waveform," Journal of Mathematics and Statistics, vol. 6 no. 3, pp 221-225, 2010.

Turner, N. E., W. D. Cramer, S. K. Earles, B. A. Emery, "Geoefficiency and Energy Partitioning in CIR-driven and CME-driven Storms," J. Atmos. & Sol.-Terr. Phys., doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2009.02.005, 2009.

Martin, P., N. E. Turner, and J. Wanliss, "Timing of Substorm-Associated Auroral Oscillations," Vol. 61 (No. 5), pp. 615-619, Earth, Planets, Space, 2009.