Dr. Vladmir Papitashvili


Address:  5315 Bangor Dr.

                Kensington MD 20895

Email:  vpapita@verizon.net

Biography:  A native of Georgia (former Soviet Union), Dr. Vladimir O. Papitashvili was educated in exploration geophysics and studied electrical properties of permafrost in Yakutsk (Siberia). In 1975, he joined the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere, and Radio Wave Propagation (IZMIRAN, Moscow) as a magnetologist. During following years, Vladimir participated in many Arctic and Antarctic expeditions conducting geomagnetic field observations and research. In 1992, Dr. Papitashvili received a Stanley Shawhan Fellowship from the U.S. Coordination Office for International Solar-Terrestrial Energy Program (STEP). In 1993, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan. From 1999 through 2001, Dr. Papitashvili consulted the Solar-Terrestrial Division of the Danish Meteorological Institute on geomagnetic research activities related to the Ørsted magnetic satellite project and Greenland magnetometer array. Since 2002, Dr. Papitashvili works at the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs, managing the Antarctic Aeronomy & Astrophysics Program.Dr. Papitashvili's major fields of interest are the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, magnetospheric and ionospheric currents and electrodynamics, high latitudes geomagnetic phenomena, global changes in the geomagnetic field, geomagnetic coordinates, and magnetic activity indices. His research concentrated to the development of new models of ionospheric convection and field-aligned currents parameterized by the interplanetary magnetic field and solar wind; he also experienced in practical magnetic field observations, database programming and management, and data visualization. Dr. Papitashvili is the author or co-author of over 150 refereed and professional publications and many invited and contributed presentations at various national and international scientific meetings and conferences.