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Dr. Swisdak's current research interests include collisionless magnetic reconnection, ionospheric and magnetospheric turbulence as it relates to particle energization, and the formation and stability of bifurcated current sheets.
Dr. Swisdak received a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado in 1999. He did post-doctoral work at IREAP, was a Research Physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory, and returned to IREAP in 2007.
Dr. Swisdak received the 2016 Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the category of research for his significant and continuing contributions to the study of magnetic reconnection and analysis of the data from Voyager 1. Dr. Marc Swisdak and Prof. James Drake received the NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the MMS Instrument Suite Team (June 28, 2016).