Curriculum Vitae

Education

Work experience

Funded Research

  1. Ionospheric Control and Low-Altitude Signatures of Magnetopause Activity (2021-2023), RGC General Research Fund
  2. Effects of non-thermal plasma populations in the global configuration of the Jovian magnetosphere (2020-2022), RGC General Research Fund
  3. Ionosphere-Magnetosphere coupling in planetary space environment systems (2020-2022), NSFC Excellent Young Scientist Award
  4. Impact of Terrestrial-Sourced Plasma on the Dayside Solar Wind- Magnetosphere-Ionosphere interaction (2019-2021), RGC General Research Fund
  5. Effects of Meso-Scale Ionosphere-Thermosphere Dynamics on Topside O+ Ion Upflow and Outflow (2018-2020), RGC Early Career Scheme
  6. Ion-neutral coupling in the cusp region, Principle Investigator (2016-2019), NSF-AGS, Award # 1521892
  7. Global Simulations of Non-Ideal Transport in the Magnetotail, Co-Investigator (2014- 2017), NSF-GEM, Grant # 1404599
  8. Drivers of thermal upwelling of neutral particles at high latitudes, Co-Principle Investigator (2014-2016), AFOSR, Award # 14RT2099

Journal Publications

  1. Dang, T., Lei, J., Zhang, B., Zhang, T., Yao, Z., Lyon, J., et al. (2022). Oxygen ion escape at Venus associated with three-dimensional Kelvin-Helmholtz instability. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2021GL096961. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL096961
  2. Gong, F., Yu, Y., Cao, J., Wei, Y., Gao, J., Li, H., et al. (2022). Simulating the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction during the Matuyama-Brunhes paleomagnetic reversal. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2021GL097340. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL097340
  3. Pham, K. H., Zhang, B., Sorathia, K., Dang, T., Wang, W., Merkin, V., et al. (2022). Thermospheric density perturbations produced by traveling atmospheric disturbances during August 2005 storm. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 127, e2021JA030071. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JA030071
  4. Guo, R.L., Yao, Z.H., Dunn, W.R., Palmaerts, B., Sergis, N., Grodent, D., Badman, S.V., Ye, S.Y., Pu, Z.Y., Mitchell, D.G. and Zhang, B.Z., 2021. A Rotating Azimuthally Distributed Auroral Current System on Saturn Revealed by the Cassini Spacecraft. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 919(2), p.L25. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/ac26b5
  5. Xu, Y., Guo, R. L., Yao, Z. H., Pan, D. X., Dunn, W. R., Ye, S.-Y., Zhang B., et al. (2021). Properties of plasmoids observed in Saturn’s dayside and nightside magnetodisc. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL096765. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL096765
  6. Chen, X., Dang, T., Zhang, B., Lotko, W., Pham, K., Wang, W., et al. (2021). Global effects of a polar solar eclipse on the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL096471. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL096471
  7. Pan, D-X., Yao, Z-H., Manners, H., Dunn, W., Bonfond, B., GrodentD., Zhang, B., et al. (2021). Ultralow-frequency waves in driving Jovian aurorae revealed by observations from HST and Juno. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL091579. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL091579
  8. Pan, D.-X., Yao, Z.-H., Guo, R.-L., Bonfond, B., Wei, Y., Dunn, W., Zhang, B., et al. (2021). A statistical survey of low-frequency magnetic fluctuations at Saturn. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 126, e2020JA028387. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JA028387
  9. Li, Z., Lei, J., and Zhang, B. (2021). Numerical considerations in the simulation of equatorial spread F. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 126, e2021JA029622. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JA029622
  10. Wang, L., Luan, X., Lei, J., Lynch, K. A., and Zhang, B. (2021). The universal time variations of the intensity of afternoon aurora in equinoctial seasons. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 126, e2020JA028504, doi:10.1029/2020JA028504
  11. McGranaghan, R. M., Ziegler, J., Bloch, T., Hatch, S., Camporeale, E., Lynch, K., M. Owens, J. Gjerloev, B. Zhang and S. Skone et al. (2021). Toward a next generation particle precipitation model: Mesoscale prediction through machine learning (a case study and framework for progress). Space Weather, 19, doi:10.1029/2020SW002684
  12. B. Zhang, P. A. Delamere, Z. Yao, B. Bonfond, D. Lin, K. A. Sorathia, O. J. Brambles, W. Lotko, J. S. Garretson, V. G. Merkin (2021, How Jupiter’s unusual magnetospheric topology structures its aurora. Science Advances 7, eabd1204, doi:10.1126/sciadv.abd1204
  13. K. H. Pham, W. Lotko, R. Varney, B. Zhang, J. Liu, Thermospheric Impact on the Magnetosphere through Ionospheric Outflow. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 126, e2020JA028656 (2021), doi:10.1029/2020JA028656
  14. D. X. Pan, Z. H. Yao, H. Manners, W. Dunn, B. Bonfond, D. Grodent, B. Zhang, R. L. Guo, Y. Wei, Ultralow‐Frequency Waves in Driving Jovian Aurorae Revealed by Observations From HST and Juno (2021). Geophysical Research Letters 48, e2020GL091579, doi:10.1029/2020GL091579
  15. T. Dang, B. Zhang, J. Lei, W. Wang, A. Burns, H.-l. Liu, K. Pham, K. A. Sorathia (2020), Azimuthal averaging–reconstruction filtering techniques for finite-difference general circulation models in spherical geometry. Geoscientific Model Development 14, 859-873. doi:10.5194/gmd-14-859-2021
  16. B. Zhang, O. J. Brambles, W. Lotko, J. G. Lyon, Is Nightside Outflow Required to Induce Magntospheric Sawtooth Oscillations? Geophysical Research Letters 47, (2020). doi:10.1029/2019GL086419
  17. Z. Yang, B. Zhang, J. Lei, T. Dang, Nonlinear response of the cross polar cap potential to solar wind density under northward interplanetary magnetic field. Geophysical Research Letters 47, e2020GL087559 (2020). doi:10.1029/2020GL087559
  18. K. Sorathia, V. Merkin, E. Panov, B. Zhang, J. Lyon, J. Garretson, A. Ukhorskiy, S. Ohtani, M. Sitnov, M. Wiltberger, Ballooning‐interchange instability in the near‐Earth plasma sheet and auroral beads: Global magnetospheric modeling at the limit of the MHD approximation. Geophysical Research Letters 47, e2020GL088227 (2020). doi:10.1029/2020GL088227
  19. D. X. Pan, Z. H. Yao, R. L. Guo, B. Bonfond, Y. Wei, W. Dunn, B. Zhang, Q. G. Zong, X. Z. Zhou, D. Grodent, A Statistical Survey of Low‐Frequency Magnetic Fluctuations at Saturn. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, e2020JA028387 (2020), doi:10.1029/2020JA028387
  20. Dang, T., Lei, J., Wang, W., Wang, B., Zhang, B., Liu, J., et al (2019). Formation of double tongues of ionization during the 17 March 2013 geomagnetic storm. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124, 10619– 10630. doi:10.1029/2019JA027268
  21. Zhang, B., et al. (2019), GAMERA: A three-dimensional finite-volume MHD solver in non-orthogonal curvilinear geometries, the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series., 244(1), 20, doi:10.3847/1538-4365/ab3a4c
  22. Lin, D., Wang, W., Scales, W. A., Pham, K., Liu, J., Zhang, B., et al. (2019). SAPS in the 17 March 2013 storm event: Initial results from the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124, 6212– 6225. doi:10.1029/2019JA026698
  23. W. Wang, Dang, T., Lei, J., Zhang, B., and Zhang, S.-R. (2019).,Physical Processes Driving the Response of the F2-region Ionosphere to the 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse at Millstone Hill, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124, 2978– 2991. doi:10.1029/2018JA025479
  24. Lotko, W., and Zhang, B. (2018). Alfvenic heating in the cusp ionosphere-thermosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123, 10,368–10,383. doi:10.1029/2018JA025990
  25. Zhang, B., K. A. Sorathia, J. G. Lyon, V. G. Merkin, M. Wiltberger, A three-dimensional finite-volume MHD solver in non-orthogonal curvilinear geometry: GAMERA, a reinvention of LFM (2018), arXiv, doi:arXiv/1810.10861
  26. Zhang, B., et al. (2018), Conservative averaging reconstruction (Ring Average) techniques for finite- volume MHD solvers with axis singularity, J. Comp. Phys., Volume 376, 2019, Pages 276-294, doi:10.1016/j.jcp.2018.08.020.
  27. Dang, T., Lei, J., Wang, W., Burns, A., Zhang, B., and Zhang, S.-R. (2018)., Global responses of the coupled thermosphere and ionosphere system to the August 2017 great American solar eclipse, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123, 7040–7050. doi:10.1029/2018JA025566
  28. Liu, J., Wang, W., Zhang, B., Huang, C., and Lin, D. (2018). Temporal Variation of Solar Wind in Controlling Solar Wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Energy Budget. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123. doi:10.1029/2017JA025154
  29. Lei, J., Dang, T., Wang, W., Burns, A., Zhang, B., and Le, H. (2018). Long-lasting response of the global thermosphere and ionosphere to the 21 August 2017 solar eclipse. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 123, 4309–4316. doi:10.1029/2018JA025460
  30. Dang, T., Lei, J., Wang, W., Burns, A., Zhang, B., and Zhang, S.-R. (2018). Suppression of the polar tongue of ionization during the 21 August 2017 solar eclipse. Geophys. Res. Lett, 45, 2918–2925. doi:10.1002/2018GL077328
  31. Zhang, B., Delamere, P. A., Ma, X., Burkholder, B., Wiltberger, M., Lyon, J. G., Sorathia, K. A. (2018). Asymmetric Kelvin-Helmholtz instability at Jupiter’s magnetopause boundary: Implications for corotation-dominated systems. Geophys. Res. Lett, 45, 56–63. doi:10.1002/2017GL076315
  32. Dang, T., Zhang, B., Wiltberge, M., Wang, W., Varney, R., Dou, X., … Lei, J. (2018). On the relation between soft electron precipitations in the cusp region and solar wind coupling functions. J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 123, 211–226. doi:10.1002/2017JA024379
  33. Lin, D., B. Zhang, W. Scales, M. Wiltberger, R. Clauer, Z. Xu (2017), The Role of Solar Wind Density in Cross Polar Cap Potential Saturation under Northward Interplanetary Magnetic Field, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL075275.
  34. Hatch, S., J. LaBelle, W. Lotko, C. Chaston, B. Zhang, (2017), IMF control of Alfvenic energy transport and deposition at high latitudes, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JA024175
  35. Zhang, B., O. J. Brambles, P. A. Cassak, J. E. Ouellette, M. Wiltberger, W. Lotko, and J. G. Lyon (2017), Transition from global to local control of dayside reconnection from ionospheric-sourced mass loading, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 122, 9474–9488, doi:10.1002/2016JA023646
  36. Wiltberger, M., V. Merkin, B. Zhang, F. Toffoletto, M. Oppenheim, W. Wang, J. G. Lyon, J. Liu, Y. Dimant, M. I. Sitnov, G. K. Stephens (2017), Effects of electrojet turbulence on a magnetosphere-ionosphere simulation of a geomagnetic storm, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 122, 5008–5027, doi:10.1002/2016JA023700
  37. Varney R., M. Wiltberger, B. Zhang, W. Lotko, and J.G. Lyon (2016), Influence of Ion Outflow in Coupled Geospace Simulations: 2. Sawtooth Oscillations Driven by Physics-Based Ion Outflow, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA022778
  38. Zhang, B., W. Wang, Q. Wu, D.J. Knipp, L. Kilcommons, O.J. Brambles, J. Liu, M. Wiltberger, J.G. Lyon, and I. Haggstrom (2016), Effects of magnetospheric lobe-cell convection on dayside upper thermospheric winds at high latitudes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL069834
  39. Varney R., M. Wiltberger, B. Zhang, W. Lotko, and J.G. Lyon (2016), Influence of Ion Outflow in Coupled Geospace Simulations: 1. Physics-Based Ion Outflow Model Development and Sensitivity Study, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA022777
  40. Zhang, B., O. J. Brambles, M. Wiltberger, W. Lotko, J. E. Ouellette, and J. G. Lyon (2016), How does mass loading impact local versus global control on dayside reconnection?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 1837–1844, doi:10.1002/2016GL068005
  41. Ouellette, J. E., J. G. Lyon, O. J. Brambles, B. Zhang, and W. Lotko (2016), The effects of plasmas- pheric plumes on dayside reconnection, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, 4111–4118, doi:10.1002/2016JA022597
  42. Xi, S., W. Lotko, B. Zhang, M. Wiltberger, and J. Lyon (2016), Effects of auroral potential drops on plasma sheet dynamics, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, 11,129–11,144, doi:10.1002/2016JA-022856
  43. Zhang, B., O. J. Brambles, W. Lotko, J. E. Ouellette, and J. G. Lyon (2015), The role of ionospheric O+ in the generation of earthward plasmoids, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JA021667
  44. Zhang, B., R. Varney, W. Lotko, O. J. Brambles, W. Wang, J. Lei, M. Wiltberger, and J. G. Lyon (2015), Pathways to thermospheric heating via soft electron precipitation, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120, 5824–5831, doi:10.1002/2015JA020999
  45. Zhang, B., W. Lotko, O. Brambles, M. Wiltberger, and J. Lyon (2015), Electron precipitation models in global geospace simulations, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120: 1035–1056. doi:10.1002/2014JA020615
  46. S. Xi, W. Lotko, B. Zhang, J. Lyon (2014), Poynting flux-conserving low-altitude boundary conditions for global magnetosphere models, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120, 384–400, doi:10.1002/2014JA020470
  47. W. Lotko, R. Smith, B. Zhang, J. Ouellette, O. Brambles, J. Lyon (2014), Ionospheric Control of Magnetotail Reconnection, Science, Vol. 345 no. 6193 pp. 184-187, doi:10.1126/science.1252907
  48. Zhang, B., W. Lotko, O. J. Brambles, S. Xi, M. Wiltberger, and J. G. Lyon (2014), Solar wind control of auroral Alfvenic power generated in the magnetotail, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, 1734–1748, doi:10.1002/2013JA019178
  49. Zhang, B., O. Brambles, J. Ouellette, W. Lotko, M. Wiltberger, and J. Lyon (2013), Predicting the locations of polar cusp in the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry global magnetosphere simulation, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 6327–6337, doi:10.1002/jgra.50565
  50. Brambles, O. J., W. Lotko, B. Zhang, J. Ouellette, J. Lyon, and M. Wiltberger (2013), The effects of ionospheric outflow on ICME and SIR driven sawtooth events, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 6026–6041, doi:10.1002/jgra.50522
  51. Zhang, B., W. Lotko, O. J. Brambles, M. Wiltberger, W. Wang, P. Schmitt, and J. G. Lyon (2012), Enhancement of thermospheric mass density by soft electron precipitation, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2012GL053519
  52. Zhang, B. (2012), Electron precipitation models in global magnetosphere simulations, Ph. D. Thesis, Dartmouth College, http://libarchive.dartmouth.edu/cdm/ref/collection/dcdis/id/81206
  53. Zhang, B., W. Lotko, O. Brambles, P. Damiano, M. Wiltberger, and J. Lyon (2012), Magnetotail origins of auroral Alfv ́enic power, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A09205, doi:10.1029/2012JA017680
  54. Lynch, K. A., D. L. Hampton, M. R. Mella, B. Zhang, H. Dahlgren, M. Disbrow, P. Kintner, M. R. Lessard, E. T. Lundberg, and H. C. Stenbaek-Nielsen (2012), Structure and dynamics of the nightside poleward boundary: sounding rocket and groundbased observations of auroral electron precipitation in a rayed curtain, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2012JA017691
  55. Brambles, O. J., W. Lotko, B. Zhang, M. Wiltberger, J. Lyon, and R. J. Strangeway (2011), Magne- tosphere sawtooth oscillations induced by ionospheric outflow, Science, 332(6034), 1183–6, doi:10.1126/science.1202869
  56. Zhang, B., W. Lotko, M. J. Wiltberger, O. J. Brambles, P. A. Damiano (2011), A statistical study of M-I coupling in the LFM global MHD model, J. Atmos. Sol.-Terr. Phys. 73(5-6), 686, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2010.09.027
  57. Damiano, P. A., O. J. Brambles, W. Lotko, B. Zhang, M. Wiltberger, and J. Lyon (2010), Effects of solar wind dynamic pressure on the ionospheric O+ fluence during the 31 August 2005 storm, J. Geophys. Res., 115, A00J07, doi:10.1029/2010JA015583
  58. Brambles, O. J., W. Lotko, P. A. Damiano, B. Zhang, M. Wiltberger, and J. Lyon (2010), Effects of causally driven cusp O+ outflow on the storm-time magnetosphere-ionosphere system using a multifluid global simulation, J. Geophys. Res. 115, A00J04, doi:10.1029/2010JA015469
  59. Zhang B., D. Yang and H. Xie (2006), Simplified Analysis of a Coherent THz Cherenkov Radiation Generator, Infrared Millimeter Waves, P62-63, doi:10.1109/ICIMW.2006.368270

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Honors and Awards