Andrei Runov
2712B Geology


  • Raised in Saint Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia (USSR)
  • Studied Physics, Computational Physics and Geophysics in St.-Petersburg State University; PhD in Physics and Mathematics (1996)
  • 2001 - 2007: Researcher at Space Research Institute,Austrian Academy of Sciences , Graz, Austria
  • 2007 - present: Researcher , Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences,
    University of California, Los Angeles


Wife Elena V. Luneva (since 1990)
daughter Anna Runova (1995)
daughter Sophia Luneva (2008)


Space Physics/ Plasma Physics/ Magnetospheric studies/ Plasma sheet structure and dynamics / Particle measurements in space plasmas
Current topics:
Investigations of the magnetotail plasma structure and dynamics using multipoint measurements by THEMIS and ARTEMIS spacecraft.
Instrument design to measure energetic particle fluxes in space.


  • Jazz and world music

Sport Activities

  • Open water swimming
  • In-line roller skating
  • Camping and hiking

Selected Publications

  1. Runov, A., X. J. Zhang, and V. Angelopoulos (2016), Evolution of partial ring current ion pitch angle distributions during the main phase of a storm on 17 March 2015, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA022391.
  2. Artemyev, A. V., V. Angelopoulos, and A. Runov (2016), On the radial force balance in the quiet time magnetotail current sheet, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA022480.
  3. Artemyev, A.V., V. Angelopoulos, A. Runov, and A.A. Petrokovich (2016), Properties of current sheet thinning at x ∼− 10 to −12 RE, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA022779.
  4. Artemyev, A.V., I.Y. Vasko, V. Angelopoulos, and A. Runov (2016), Effects of electron pressure anisotropy on current sheet configuration, Phys. Plasmas 23, 092901, doi:10.1063/1.4961926.
  5. Runov, A., V. Angelopoulos, C. Gabrielse, J. Liu, D.L. Turner, and X.-Z. Zhou (2015), Average Thermodynamic and Spectral Properties of Plasma in and Around Dipolarizing Flux Bundles, J. Geophys. Res., Space Physics, 120, 4369–4383. doi: 10.1002/2015JA021166.
  6. Artemyev, A. V., V. Angelopoulos, A. Runov, and L. M. Zelenyi (2016), Earthward electric field and its reversal in the near-Earth current sheet, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA023200.
  7. Dubyagin, S., N. Y. Ganushkina, I. Sillanpää, and A. Runov (2016), Solar wind-driven variations of electron plasma sheet densities and temperatures beyond geostationary orbit during storm times, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA022947.
  8. Gabrielse, C., C. Harris, V. Angelopoulos, A. Artemyev, and A. Runov (2016), The role of localized inductive electric fields in electron injections around dipolarizing flux bundles, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA023061.
  9. Liu, J., V. Angelopoulos, X.-J. Zhang, D. L. Turner, C. Gabrielse, A. Runov, J. Li, H. O. Funsten, and H. E. Spence (2016), Dipolarizing flux bundles in the cis-geosynchronous magnetosphere: Relationship between electric fields and energetic particle injections, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, 1362–1376, doi:10.1002/2015JA021691.
  10. Zhou, X.-Z., D.-X. Pan, V. Angelopoulos, A. Runov, Q.-G. Zong, and Z.-Y. Pu (2016), Understanding the ion distributions near the boundaries of reconnection outflow region, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JA022993.
  11. Runov, A., V.A. Sergeev, V. Angelopoulos, K.-H. Glassmeier, H.J. Singer (2014), Diamagnetic oscillations ahead of stopped dipolarization fronts, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JA019384.
  12. Runov, A., V. Angelopoulos, C. Gabrielse, X.-Z. Zhou, D. Turner, F. Plaschke (2013), Electron fluxes and pitch-angle distributions at dipolarization fronts: THEMIS multi-point observations, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1002/jgra.50121.
  13. Runov, A., V. Angelopoulos, and X. Zhou (2012), Multi-point observations of dipolarization front formation by magnetotail reconnection, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A05230, doi:10.1029/2011JA017361.
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