William Bristow

William Bristow

  • Professor of Atmospheric Science
621 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: wab5217@psu.edu


  1. Ph.D. in Space Physics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1992
  2. B. S. in Applied Physics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1988
  3. B. S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1988


Dr. William Bristow's research interests include studies of winds in the upper atmosphere, studies of the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, and space-weather effects on radio propagation, which directly impacts radio communications in high-latitude regions. Dr. Bristow is one of the US principal investigators for the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN). He is responsible for the operation of radars at Kodiak and Adak, Alaska, and McMurdo Station and South Pole Station, Antarctica

Areas of Specialization:

  • High-latitude plasma convection
  • Radar Systems
  • Data analysis techniques
  • Space Weather and studies of the upper atmosphere.