Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Space and Earth Science
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CSES Director's Bio

High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience, and Earth systems


  • Director
  • Reiner Friedel
  • (505) 665-1936
  • Email
  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Melissa Martinez
  • (505) 665-0391
  • Email

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Reiner Friedel - Center Director

Reiner Friedel

Reiner Friedel has worked on the physics of the Earth’s magnetosphere since his one year stint at the South African National Antarctic Expedition Station in 1986. After obtaining his PhD at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa and a postdoctoral appointment at the Max-Planck Institute for Aeronomy in Lindau, Germany he came to Los Alamos as a staff member in 1997. His primary interest has been research into the dynamics of the Earth’s radiation (Van Allen) Belts, and the role of wave-particle interactions in that system. He was Co-I on a number of energetic particle instrument investigations on space missions (CRRES, POLAR, CLUSTER and the recent NASA Van Allen Probe Mission). At LANL he contributed his space environment expertise to the US Space Nuclear Detonation Detonation Mission’s instruments on GPS and geostationary platforms, serving as PI for one of the energetic particle instruments for 5 years. He was one of the first to use data assimilation techniques in radiation belt modeling codes and has over 180 peer reviewed publications. In recent years he has transitioned into more of a science management role as the Lab’s NASA/NSF Program Manager since October 2012, and then as Center Lead for the Center for Space and Earth Science (formerly IGPP) since October 2015.