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Evan Tyler

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I am a PhD student at the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. I graduated from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Techology with a Bachelors in Physics (2010) and Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany with a Masters in Astroparticle Physics (2012). My current research is in Space Plasma Physics, looking at wave-particle interactions and reconnection in the magnetosphere. I am also heavily involved in Physics/Astronomy education and public outreach. I currently serve as the Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics where I work with the community to organize free events to educate and engage the public in the field of Astrophysics. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering as a patient escort at a local womens' healthcare clinic, cooking delicious dinners, and spending time with my wife Chelsey and cat Hydra.

Summary of Interests
Reconnection in the magnetotail, electron injection events, whistler waves. Physics and Astronomy education and outreach. The experiences of marginalized people in STEM, especially transgender people.

About My Work


  • I study the partitioning of integrated energy fluxes at reconnection sites events in the magnetotail using Cluster data. I have a special interest in O+ energization and instances where O+ enthalpy flux becomes a dominant energy outflow.
  • I am assembling a database of observed high-amplitude whistler waves using the RBSP EFW instrument. Within this database I am searching for signatures of particle trapping within the waveforms.

Outreach and Community Involvement

  • I am the Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. I interface with the public to organize and find staffing for educational events in Astrophysics free of charge.
  • I am a co-founder and facilitator of Queer Science Day, a program designed to give transgender and queer-identified youth hands-on experience with college-level STEM field research conducted by queer and transgender scientists. I created and facilitate the Astrophysics module. Find more information here.
  • I am a member of the Physics and Astronomy Climate and Diversity Committee. Find more information here.

Selected Publications

Tyler, E., Cattell, C., Thaller, S., Wygant, J., Gurgiolo, C., Goldstein, M., Mouikis, C., Partitioning of integrated energy fluxes in four tail reconnection events observed by Cluster, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics [abstract]


M.S. Astroparticle Physics, Jacobs University, Bremen - 2012
B.S. Physics, New Mexico Tech, Socorro - 2010