Ph.D., Dartmouth College, 2009
B.A., University of Montana, 2002
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, 2010-present
Graduate Research Assistant, Dartmouth College, 2002-2009
Scientific & Professional Societies
American Geophysical UnionAsia Oceania Geosciences Society
I am currently researching plasma waves in the Earth’s magnetosphere using satellite data from FAST, THEMIS, and Van Allen Probes, among other satellites. I have most recently been investigating the connection between Magnerospheric Chorus waves and relativistic electron microburst precipitation. Other recent work involved banded waves and ions which occur during the strongest geomagnetic storms. My PhD work, “Mode Identification and Dispersed Features of Auroral HF Waves Observed with Sounding Rockets”, focused on using rockets to find new auroral wave features and attempting to constrain their modes and determine their generation mechanisms using basic plasma physics theory. This research combines instrumentation, data collection, data analysis, and modeling, as well as the integration of electronics into sounding rocket campaigns, and participating in the launches of the spacecraft.
Honors and Awards
NASA Space Grant Award, May 2007
IUGG General Assembly Student Travel Grant, June 2007
Convener and Chair of Several AGU, AOGS, and other Conference Oral Sessions
Colpitts, C. A., C. A. Cattell, M. Engebretson, M. Broughton, S. Tian, J. Wygant, A. Breneman, and S. Thaller (2016), Van Allen Probes Observations of Cross-Scale Coupling Between Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron Waves and Higher Frequency Wave modes. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 11,510– 11,518. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016GL071566 Colpitts, C. A., C. A. Cattell, J. U. Kozyra, M. F. Thomsen, and B. Lavraud (2016), Satellite observations of energy-banded ions during large geomagnetic storms: Event studies, statistics, and comparisons to source models, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, 6353–6377, doi:10.1002/2016JA022481. Colpitts, C. A. (2015), Investigations of the Many Distinct Types of Auroras, in Auroral Dynamics and Space Weather (eds Y. Zhang and L. J. Paxton), John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781118978719.ch1 Colpitts, C. A., S. Hakimi, C. A. Cattell, J. Dombeck, and M. Mass (2013), Simultaneous ground and satellite observations of discrete auroral arcs, substorm aurora and Alfvénic aurora with FAST and THEMIS GBO, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 6998–7010, doi:10.1002/2013JA018796.
Colpitts, C. A., C. A. Cattell, J. U. Kozyra, and M. Parrot (2012), Satellite observations of banded VLF emissions in conjunction with energy-banded ions during very large geomagnetic storms, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A10211, doi:10.1029/2011JA017329.
Colpitts, C. A., J. LaBelle, C. A. Kletzing, and P. H. Yoon (2010), Further sounding rocket observations of structured whistler mode auroral emissions, J. Geophys. Res., 115, A10243, doi:10.1029/2009JA015095.
Colpitts, C., M. Samara, J. W. LaBelle, and P. Yoon (2009). Rocket Observations of Two Distinct Types of Dispersed Features of Auroral HF Waves, J. Geophys. Res., 114, A05202, doi:10.1029/2008JA013741
Colpitts, C., and J. W. LaBelle (2007). Mode Identification of Whistler Modes, Z-Modes, and Langmuir/Upper Hybrid Modes Observed in an Auroral Sounding Rocket Experiment. J. Geophys. Res., 113, A04306, doi:10.1029/2007JA012325.