James A. Wanliss, Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Computer Science
503 S. Broad Street
Clinton, SC, 29325

Office: 235 Richardson Building
Phone: 864/833-7162 Fax: 864/833-8993


B.Sc. (Hons) University of Cape Town, 1992.
Physics, Applied Mathematics

M.Sc. Witwatersrand University, 1995.
Exploration Geophysics

Ph.D. University of Alberta, 2000.
Space Physics




Curriculum Vitae

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Research and Travel Opportunities

My academic research interests are broad, ranging from space physics to pharmacotherapy, and human factors psychology. I use advanced mathematical techniques to create models, and couple these with detailed analysis of data.


In space physics, my activities encompass the physics of solar wind turbulence and propagation and the interaction of the solar wind with the non-magnetized bodies. Students are invited to work with me on funded projects.


Students have published conference and also peer reviewed journal papers with me in areas such as psychophysics, pharmacotherapy, medical physics, statistical physics, and space weather. Students have also traveled for research to Los Angeles and San Francisco (CA), Boulder and Snowmass (CO), Banff (Canada), and Seoul (Korea). I direct the Space Weather Undergraduate Research Laboratory (SWURL) at Presbyterian College. At SWURL we conduct a variety of research in space physics including space plasma physics, magnetospheric physics, ionospheric physics, atmospheric physics, and heliospheric studies.


Students interested in working in the laboratory should contact me directly. All students should provide their academic records, and a resume. The most important qualification is dependability, and students from all majors will be considered for a variety of different research experiences.


Department of Physics and Computer Science

Presbyterian College




 Space Weather


Dr. Wanliss is currently teaching physics courses and also pursues space physics research.  He focuses on space weather effects, in particular magnetic storms and magnetospheric substorms.


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