Martin Connors, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, P.Phys.

Professor of Astronomy, Mathematics, and Physics

    Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus
    Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus
    Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus
    1993 …2024

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    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    I am interested in auroral effects on space weather, which can affect ground infrastructure such as power networks. In addition to detector networks and observatories, I have developed novel instruments for such study. I am also interested in observational astronomy, particularly with robotic telescopes, but recenty using satellite data. Space physics of auroras and the effects of Space Weather. Astronomy of asteroids. Instrumentation development.

    Personal profile

    Martin Connors is an astronomer and geophysicist. His discoveries in astronomy include Earth's Trojan asteroid and the first "backwards" Trojan asteroid of Jupiter, as well as the pattern of impact of the Chicxulub crater which resulted in dinosaur extinction. He also studies the history of astronomy and writes on the subject. He founded magnetic observation networks across Canada and observatories in and near Athabasca for studies of the northern lights and their magnetic and electric effects.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Alberta

    … → 1998

    M.Sc., University of Alberta

    … → 1977

    B.Sc. (Hons.), University of Western Ontario (Western)

    … → 1976

    External positions

    Adjunct Research Professor, University of Western Ontario (Western)

    1 Jan. 2016 → …

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    • Extreme Geomagnetic Disturbances (GMDs) Observed in Eastern Arctic Canada: Occurrence Characteristics and Solar Cycle Dependence

      Engebretson, M. J., Yang, L., Steinmetz, E. S., Pilipenko, V. A., Moldwin, M. B., McCuen, B. A., Connors, M. G., Weygand, J. M., Waters, C. L., Nishimura, Y., Lyons, L. R. & Russell, C. T., Jan. 2024, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. 129, 1, e2023JA031643.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review

      Open Access
      1 Citation (Scopus)
    • Ground-based and additional science support for SMILE

      Carter, J. A., Dunlop, M., Forsyth, C., Oksavik, K., Donovon, E., Kavanagh, A., Milan, S. E., Sergienko, T., Fear, R. C., Sibeck, D. G., Connors, M., Yeoman, T., Tan, X., Taylor, M. G. G. T., McWilliams, K., Gjerloev, J., Barnes, R., Billet, D. D., Chisham, G., Dimmock, A., & 29 othersFreeman, M. P., Han, D. S., Hartinger, M. D., Hsieh, S. Y. W., Hu, Z. J., James, M. K., Juusola, L., Kauristie, K., Kronberg, E. A., Lester, M., Manuel, J., Matzka, J., McCrea, I., Miyoshi, Y., Rae, J., Ren, L., Sigernes, F., Spanswick, E., Sterne, K., Steuwer, A., Sun, T., Walach, M. T., Walsh, B., Wang, C., Weygand, J., Wild, J., Yan, J., Zhang, J. & Zhang, Q. H., Jan. 2024, In: Earth and Planetary Physics. 8, 1, p. 275-298 24 p.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review

      Open Access
      3 Citations (Scopus)
    • Highly collisional regions determined by interplanetary magnetic field structures

      Pan, L., Lai, H. R., Jia, Y. D., Russell, C. T., Connors, M. & Cui, J., 1 Feb. 2024, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. 528, 1, p. L102-L105

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review

      Open Access
      1 Citation (Scopus)
    • Invisible Solar System

      Connors, M., 1 Jan. 2024, 314 p.

      Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

    • Longitudinal Development of Cosmic Noise Absorption Based on Multipoint Observations at Subauroral Latitudes During Storm-Time Substorms on 25–28 August 2018

      Kato, Y., Shiokawa, K., Tanaka, Y., Ozaki, M., Kadokura, A., Oyama, S. I., Oinats, A., Connors, M. & Baishev, D., Jan. 2024, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. 129, 1, e2023JA031950.

      Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review