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Wm. Robert Johnston
Ph.D. (Physics), M.S. (Physics), B.A. (Astronomy)

At the National Atomic Museum in 2000--with a Snark intercontinental cruise missile.

I am a research physicist in the field of space physics: the study of the space environment, encompassing realms from the ionosphere to the magnetosphere to interplanetary space. My current concentration is in the study of the Earth's radiation belts.

My Ph.D. is in physics from the University of Texas at Dallas (in Richardson). My dissertation research examined the relationship of the plasmapause and the outer radiation belt, using observations from the DMSP and SAMPEX satellites. UT-Dallas's William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences is a leading group in the study of space physics.

My M.S. is in physics from the University of Texas at El Paso in cooperation with the University of Texas at Brownsville. My work there in the relativity group was concerned with data analysis for gravitational wave detection. While there I worked on data analysis methods for triggered burst searches, on stochastic searches, and made two summer research visits to the LIGO-Livingston site.

My B.A. is in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. For three years I participated in the Dean's Scholars Program in the College of Natural Sciences.

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Academic publications

  • W. R. Johnston, 2014, "Doublet craters" and "Multiple craters," submitted for Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms, ed. by H. Hargitai and A. Kereszturi, Springer-Verlag (New York).
  • W. R. Johnston, 2014, TNO and Centaur Diameters, Albedos, and Densities V2.0, EAR-A-COMPIL-5-TNOCENALB-V2.0, NASA Planetary Data System, on line.
  • W. R. Johnston, 2014, Binary Minor Planets V7.0, EAR-A-COMPIL-5-BINMP-V7.0, NASA Planetary Data System, on line.
  • Y.-J. Su, J. M. Quinn, W. R. Johnston, J. P. McCollough, and M. J. Starks, 2014, Specification of >2 MeV electron flux as a function of local time and geomagnetic activity at geosynchronous orbit, accepted to Space Weather, doi:10.1002/2014SW001069.
  • W. R. Johnston, T. P. O'Brien, G. P. Ginet, S. L. Huston, T. B. Guild, and J. A. Fennelly, 2014, AE9/AP9/SPM: New models for radiation belt and space plasma specification, SPIE 9085, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications VII, 908508, doi:10.1117/12.2049836.
  • W. R. Johnston, 2013, TNO and Centaur Diameters, Albedos, and Densities V1.0, EAR-A-COMPIL-5-TNOCENALB-V1.0, NASA Planetary Data System, on line (ADS abstract).
  • W. R. Johnston, 2013, Binary Minor Planets V6.0, EAR-A-COMPIL-5-BINMP-V6.0, NASA Planetary Data System, on line (ADS abstract).
  • G. P. Ginet, T. P. O'Brien, S. L. Huston, W. R. Johnston, T. B. Guild, R. Friedel, C. D. Lindstrom, C. J. Roth, P. Whelan, R. A. Quinn, D. Madden, S. Morley, and Y.-J. Su, 2013, AE9, AP9 and SPM: New models for specifying the trapped energetic particle and space plasma environment, Space Sci. Rev., doi:10.1007/s11214-013-9964-y.
  • W. R. Johnston, 2012, Binary Minor Planets V5.0, EAR-A-COMPIL-5-BINMP-V5.0, NASA Planetary Data System, on line (ADS abstract).
  • Y.-J. Su, W. R. Johnston, J. M. Albert, G. P. Ginet, M. J. Starks, and C. J. Roth, 2012, SCATHA measurements of electron decay times at 5 < L ≤ 8, J. Geophys. Res., 117:A08212, doi:10.1029/2012JA017685.
  • W. R. Johnston, 2011, Binary Minor Planets V4.0, EAR-A-COMPIL-5-BINMP-V4.0, NASA Planetary Data System, on line (ADS abstract).
  • W. R. Johnston, D. C. Richardson, and K. J. Walsh, 2010, Binary Minor Planets V3.0, EAR-A-COMPIL-5-BINMP-V3.0, NASA Planetary Data System, on line (ADS abstract).
  • W. R. Johnston and P. C. Anderson, 2010, Storm time occurrence of relativistic electron microbursts in relation to the plasmapause, J. Geophys. Res., 115:A02205, doi:10.1029/2009JA014328 (JGR abstract, ADS abstract).
  • W. R. Johnston, D. C. Richardson, and K. J. Walsh, 2009, Binary Minor Planets V2.0, EAR-A-COMPIL-5-BINMP-V2.0, NASA Planetary Data System, on line (ADS abstract).
  • P. C. Anderson, W. R. Johnston, and J. Goldstein, 2008, Observations of the ionospheric projection of the plasmapause, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35:L15110, doi:10.1029/2008GL033978 (GRL abstract, ADS abstract).
  • B. Rooney and W. R. Johnston, 2007, Letter, More on the adverse effects of abortion, J. Am. Phys. Surg., 12(4):97-98.

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Okay, enough about me...
What about you? Do you know how to go to heaven?


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Last modified 12 July 2014.
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