Mailing Address:       Los Alamos National Laboratory, ISR-2, MS D436, Los Alamos, NM 87544


Professional Preparation                

Southwestern University                                  Physics/Math   B.S. 1993

Southwestern University                                  Philosophy      B.A. 1993

University of Alaska Fairbanks                        Physics                        Ph.D. 2000


Scientist 3, ISR-2, Space & Remote Sensing Sciences, Los Alamos National Lab, 2010-present

Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Alaska Southeast, 2010-present

Associate Professor of Physics, University of Alaska Southeast, 2008-2010

Affiliate Faculty, Dept. Physics University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2005-present

Visiting Scientist, Space & Remote Sensing Sciences, Los Alamos National Lab, 2003-2009

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Alaska Southeast, 2003-2008

Technical Staff Member, Space & Atmospheric Sciences, Los Alamos National Lab, 2001-2003

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Space & Atmospheric Sciences, Los Alamos National Lab, 2000-2001

Research Assistant, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1994-2000

Selected Publications: (* indicates student author)


Heavner MJ, DR Fatland, E Hood, C Connor, SEAMONSTER: A Demonstration Sensor Web Operating in Virtual Globes, Computers & Geosciences (2010), in press.

Heavner MJ, JS Morrill, C Siefring, DD Sentman, DR Moudry, EM Wescott, EJ Bucsela, Near-ultraviolet and blue spectral observations of sprites in the 320-460 nm region: N2 (2PG) emissions, J. Geophys. Res., 115, A00E44, doi:10.1029/2009JA014858, 2010.

Siefring, CL, JS Morrill, DD Sentman, and MJ Heavner, Simultaneous Near-Infrared and Visible Observations of Sprites and Acoustic Gravity Waves During the EXL98 Campaign, J. Geophysical Research (2010), in press.

Sato T, S Miuraa, Y Ohtaa, H Fujimotoa, W Sun, CF Larsen, M Heavner, AM Kaufman and JT Freymueller, Earth tides observed by gravity and GPS in southeastern Alaska, J. Geodynamics, 46 (3-5), pp 78-89, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2008.03.004, 2008.

Jacobson AR, R Holzworth, E Lay, M Heavner, and D. A. Smith, Low-frequency ionospheric sounding with Narrow Bipolar Event lightning radio emissions: regular variabilities and solar-X-ray responses, Ann. Geophys., 25, 2175-2184, 2007.

Heavner, MJ, CE Talus, and DA Hall*, A new low-power acoustic bat detector for long-duration observations, at Acoustic Society of America, Dec 2, 2006.  Abstract.

Shao, XM and MJ Heavner, On the VLF/LF Radiation Pulse Shapes at the Initial Milliseconds of Lightning Discharges, IEEE EMC Zurich Symposium, Singapore, (peer reviewed conference proceedings), Feb 27, 2006.

Jacobson, AR; MJ Heavner, Comparison of Narrow Bipolar Events with Ordinary Lightning as Proxies for Severe Convection, Monthly Weather Review, Vol 133, p 1144-1154, 2005.

Heavner, MJ and EK Mallott*, The Development of Long-Duration Acoustic Bat Detectors for Southeast Alaska, North American Symposium on Bat Research, October 2005, Abstract.

Heavner, MJ, M Glista*, and E Knuth, New acoustic methods developed for improved management of southeast Alaska bats, Western Bat Working Group Meeting, March 2005.  Abstract.

Smith DA, MJ Heavner, AR Jacobson, XM Shao, RS Massey, RJ Sheldon*, and KC Wiens, A method for determining intracloud lightning and ionospheric heights from VLF/LF electric field records, Radio Science, Vol. 39, No. 1, 10.1029/2002RS002790, 2004.

Suszcynsky, DM, MJ Heavner, Narrow Bipolar Events as indicators of thunderstorm convective strength, Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 30, No. 17, 1879, 10.1029/2003GL017834, 2003.

Bucsela, E, J Morrill, M Heavner, C Siefring, S Berg, D Hampton, D Moudry, E Wescott, D Sentman, N2(B3Pg) and N2(A2Pu) Vibrational Distributions Observed in Sprites, J of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Vol 65, Issue 5, p 583-590, 2003.

Heavner, MJ, DA Smith, AR Jacobson, and RJ Sheldon*, LF/VLF and VHF Lightning Fast Stepped Leader Observations, JGR-Atmospheres, V. 107, No. D24, 4791, 2002.

Sentman, DD, HC Stenbaek-Nielsen, EM Wescott, MJ Heavner; DR Moudry, and FT Sao Sabbas, Effects of Lightning on the Middle and Upper Atmosphere: Some New Results, in Space Weather Study Using Multipoint Techniques, COSPAR Colloquia Series, Volume 12, pp 267-274, Pergamon, New York, 2002.

Heavner, MJ, DD Sentman, DR Moudry, EM Wescott, CL Siefring, JS Morrill, and EJ Bucsela, Sprites, Blue Jets, and Elves: Optical Evidence of Energy Transport Across the Stratopause, AGU Monograph 123 "Atmospheric Science Across the Stratopause," p 69-82, 2000.

Hampton, DL. MJ Heavner, EM Wescott, and DD Sentman, Optical Spectral Characteristics of Sprites, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 23, No. 1, Pages 82-92, January 1, 1996.

Sentman, DD, EM Wescott, DL Osborne, DL Hampton, and MJ Heavner, Preliminary Results From the Sprites94 Aircraft Campaign: Red Sprites, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 22, No. 10, Pages 1205-1208, May 15, 1995.

Wescott, EM, DD Sentman, DL Osborne, DL Hampton, and MJ Heavner, Preliminary Results From the Sprites94 Aircraft Campaign: Blue Jets, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 22, No. 10, Pages 1209-1212, May 15, 1995.

Synergistic Activities

Regular public lectures: Science for Alaska, Evening at Egan, Fireside talks at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center

Chair of the 2006 Pacific Rim Forum Steering Committee

Co-Chair, Modeling of High-Altitude Discharges and Comparison with Measurements,

Fall American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, 2004

Representative, U Alaska SE, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable, 2004 – 2008

Representative, U Alaska Technology Transfer Advisory Committee, 2005-2009

Natural Science Senator, U Alaska Southeast Faculty Senate, 2007-2009

Journal Reviewer: J. Geophys Res, Radio Science, Geophys. Res. Let, Ecological Infomatics

Reviewed proposals for NSF (2005-present), International Science and Technology Center (2007)

NSF Panel Reviewer, 2008

Participant in NASA AIST Sensor Web PI workshops 2007, 2008, 2010 (workshop final reports available at

Research Interest and Experience: Involving Undergraduates in Research; Sensor Network Design with Environmental and Biological Applications; Atmospheric Science; Satellite Remote Sensing; Satellite Operations; Computer Data Acquisition System Design; Algorithm Design; Signal Processing; Optical Spectroscopy; Open Geospatial Consortium Standards.

Published Research Topics: Lightning radio data analysis; Acoustic Monitoring of Bats, Snowpack Monitoring and Avalanche Forecasting, Mendenhall Glacier Mass Balance; Ground and aircraft sprite observational campaigns, Multistation Schumann Resonance (Extremely Low Frequency) observations and analysis, Very Low Frequency/Very High Frequency lightning emissions comparison for satellite ground truth support

Teaching: Undergraduate courses in physics, atmospheric science, and planetary science.

Member: American Geophysical Union, Acoust. Soc America, American Assoc. of Physics Teachers


Dr. Elizabeth Mathews Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Alaska Southeast

Dr. Eran Hood             Associate Professor of Hydrology, University of Alaska Southeast

Dr. Cathy Connor        Professor of Geology, University of Alaska Southeast

Dr. Dennis R Fatland    Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Dr. David Suszcynsky   Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Solomon Bililign    Professor of Physics, North Carolina A&T State University

Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors

Postdoctoral – A. Jacobson (Los Alamos National Lab)

Graduate – D. D. Sentman, E. M. Wescott (University of Alaska)