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About Jonathan Pugmire

I am a PhD Candidate working towards a PhD in Physics at Utah State University. I am a Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium Fellow. I currently conduct research in the Atmospheric Imaging Group with Dr. Michael Taylor in the field of aeronomy. I study atmospheric gravity (buoyancy) waves and temperature variability in the mesosphere utilizing imaging and satellite measurements from the Andes Lidar Observatory in Chile and several stations in Antarctica using image and signal processing. As part of my research I have traveled to Finland, Argentina, New Zealand, as well as McMurdo and South Pole Stations in Antarctica.

I also enjoy teaching physics classes and using physics demonstrations for public outreach. Most recently I have been the Instructor for calculus-based Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Introduction to Astronomy. I have been a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Astronomy, Physics of Everyday Phenomena, and a Lab Instructor for freshman physics students and non-physics students. Also, I have been the Lab Assistant for the Intermediate and Advanced Physics Labs for junior and senior undergraduate physics students. I facilitate groups of students to recreate historical experiments and create their own advanced experiments in physics topics including mechanics, optics: spectroscopy, ultrasonics, interferometry, microwaves, holography, and diffraction; atomic physics, statistical mechanics, solid state physics, and electricity and magnetism.


Present Research Assistant, Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences
Present Graduate Teaching Assistant, Utah State University
Present Graduate Research Assistant, Utah State University

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member, American Association of Physics Teachers
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Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Oral Presentation Winner, USU Student Research Symposium, 2015
  • Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium Fellowship, 2013-2015
  • Antarctica Service Medal, US DoD, 2013
  • Rocky Mountain NASA Space Grant Consortium Fellowship, 2012
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, USU
  • Best Graduate Presentation, APS 4-Corners Conference, 2010
  • Best Undergraduate Presentation, APS 4-Corners Conference, 2009
  • Sigma Pi Sigma Member, 2010


  • PHYS 2225 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab
  • PHYS 2215 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab
  • PHYS 2220 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
  • PHYS 1800 - Physics of Everyday Phenomena
  • PHYS 1040 - Introduction to Astronomy


Present PhD, Utah State University ‐ Physics

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