Patrick Alken

Research Interests

  • Geomagnetic field modeling
  • Ionospheric E and F region current systems
  • Analysis and calibration of satellite magnetic data

Current Research

I am currently interested in the study of mid and low latitude current systems in the ionosphere, including the equatorial electrojet and Sq currents in the E-region, as well as gravity, pressure-gradient, and wind-driven currents in the F-region.


  • Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, 2009
  • B.S. in Physics from Drexel University, 2003
  • Co-chair of V-MOD working group, International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA)
  • Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU)


                                                                            I am a co-founder of Flatirons Geomagnetic Services, a scientific consulting firm.