…Dr. Michael Balikhin of the University of Sheffield will be the next Editor in Chief of JGR Space Physics. Please join me in welcoming him to this position!
He is currently one of the editors on my board, serving with me from the beginning. So, serving the nominal 4-year term as EiC will mean that he will put in a 10-year stint with the journal. That’s a hefty time commitment to the space physics research community.
From his University of Sheffield website, his research specialties are collisionless shocks, nonlinear systems, radiation belts, plasma waves, and space weather predictions. He is also the PI of the Digital Wave Package on the Cluster satellites.
His term as EiC will start January 1, 2020. Yes, you still have me for a little bit longer. In the two months between then and now, he has several tasks that he must complete. The first is conducting a search for several new editors. Of the 7 current editors, only 2 have appointments beyond December 31, Dr. Viviane Pierrard and Dr. Natalia Ganushkina (well, now that number is 3, because Balikhin will also continue). This will be an open search and I encourage those interested, from across the world, to look for this job announcement and to apply. If you are interested in learning more about what it is like to be an editor, then please select the Life as Editor category from the pull-down menu on this page, you will get many posts to read.
I would like to extend a big thank you to the search committee to conducting a thorough assessment of the candidates and to AGU HQ staff for coordinating the logistics of this search. I would especially like to thank all of you out there that applied for the position. Please seriously consider applying for one of the open JGR Space Physics editorships.