University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Home > People >

Aaron Breneman

SHEPLAB 145 (office), 625-4518
awbrenem @


Previous and current employment

Research Associate, The University of Minnesota, 2008 - Present
Graduate Research Assistant, The University of Iowa, 2002-2008


NASA Group Achievement Award for the Van Allen Probes, 2013
Goertz/Nicholson Memorial Scholarship, 2006
NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) stipend, 2005-2008
Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU Joint Assembly, 2005


Sadie Tetrick, Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) Jun 2015 - Present
Adiv Paradise, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Aug 2011 – Jun 2014
Sam Schreiner, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Apr 2009 – Aug 2011

About My Work

I study medium to high frequency plasma waves in the Earth's upper atmosphere, magnetosphere, and in the solar wind with satellite data (primarily) from the Van Allen Probes, THEMIS, STEREO, and Wind. I’m currently studying global-scale coherence of whistler mode chorus and hiss waves caused by ULF waves originating in the solar wind. This involves comparing satellite observations of chorus and hiss to stratospheric Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) observations of precipitating electrons.

Selected Publications

Breneman, A. W., et al., Global-scale coherence modulation of radiation-belt electron loss from plasmaspheric hiss, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature14515

Breneman, A. W., C. A. Cattell, K. Kersten, A. Paradise, S. Schreiner, P. J. Kellogg, K. Goetz, and L. B. Wilson, III, STEREO and Wind observations of intense cyclotron harmonic waves at the Earth’s bow shock and inside the magnetosheath, J. Geophys. Res., 2013.

Breneman, A. W., C. A. Cattell, J. R. Wygant, K. Kersten, L. B. Wilson III, L. Dai, C. Colpitts, P. J. Kellogg, K. Goetz, A., Paradise, Explaining polarization reversals in STEREO wave data, J. Geophys. Res., 117(A4), A04, 317, 2012.

Breneman, A., C. Cattell, J. Wygant, K. Kersten, L. B. Wilson, S. Schreiner, P. J. Kellogg, and K. Goetz, Large- amplitude transmitter-associated and lightning-associated whistler waves in the Earth’s inner plasmasphere at L<2, J. Geophys. Res., 116(A6), A06, 310, 2011.

Breneman, A., C. Cattell, S. Schreiner, K. Kersten, L. B. Wilson, P. Kellogg, K. Goetz, and L. K. Jian, Observations of large-amplitude, narrowband whistlers at stream interaction regions, J. Geophys. Res., 115, 08, 104, 2010.

Breneman, A. W., C. A. Kletzing, J. Pickett, J. Chum, and O. Santolik,, Statistics of multispacecraft observations of chorus dispersion and source location, J. Geophys. Res., 114(A6), 1–12, 2009.

Breneman, A., C. A. Kletzing, J. Chum, O. Santolik, D. Gurnett, and J. Pickett, Multispacecraft observations of chorus dispersion and source location, J. Geophys. Res., 112(A5), A05, 221–8, 2007.

Malsapina, D. M., Chorus waves and spacecraft potential fluctuations: Evidence for wave-enhanced photoelectron escape, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2014.

Wilson, L. B., et al., Electromagnetic waves and electron anisotropies downstream of supercritical interplanetary shocks, J. Geophys. Res., 118(1), 1–39, 2013.

Wilson, L. B., et al., Observations of electromagnetic whistler precursors at supercritical interplanetary shocks, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39(8), L08, 109, 2012.

Cattell, C., et al., Large-Amplitude Whistler Waves and Electron Acceleration in the Earth’s Radiation Belts: A Review of STEREO and Wind Observations, Dynamics of the Earth’s Radiation Belts and Inner Magnetosphere, Geophysical Monograph Series 199, 2012.

Kersten, K., et al., Observation of relativistic electron microbursts in conjunction with intense radiation belt whistler-mode waves, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38(8), L08, 107, 2011.

Wilson, L. B., C. A. Cattell, P. J. Kellogg, J. R. Wygant, K. Goetz, A. Breneman, and K. Kersten, The properties of large amplitude whistler mode waves in the magnetosphere: Propagation and relationship with geomagnetic activity, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38(17), L17, 107, 2011.


Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 2008
B.A., Hamline University, 2000