Dr. James Wanliss

Dr. James Wanliss | Faculty | Biology | Presbyterian College | Clinton SC

James Wanliss , Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

Department of Physics and Computer Science

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Dr. Wanliss – Curriculum Vitae »

Education Background

Ph.D., Physics, Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Thesis: Fast ion flows in the Earth’s Magnetotail
Advisors: Dr. Gordon Rostoker, Dr. Richard D. Sydora

M.Sc., Exploration Geophysics, Univ. of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Thesis: A Study of Temporal Variations of the Geomagnetic Field with Reference to Aeromagnetic Surveys
Advisor: Dr. Luc A.G. Antoine

B.Sc. (Hons.), Physics (First Class), Univ. of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

B.Sc. Physics, B.Sc. Applied Mathematics (with Distinction),Univ. of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Research Fields/ Areas of Specialty/Teaching
  • Earthquakes
  • Econometric studies of futures markets
  • Medical physics (chronoastrobiology and genetics)
  • Physics-based nonlinear dynamics, modeling, and signal processing
  • Space weather
Professional Memberships/Organizations/Activities
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Physical Society
  • Committee Member: American Geophysical Union Africa Award for Research Excellence in Space Science
  • Editor: Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, Special Issue on Multifractional Brownian motions in Geosciences, 2013, Editor(s): S. Gaci, J. Lévy-Véhel, C. Keylock, J. Wanliss, and. D. Schertzer
  • National Association of Scholars
  • Referee: J. of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, J. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Physics, Ann. Geophys., Geophys. J. Intl., Nonlin. Proc. Geophys.
  • Reviewer: NSF proposals to Atmospheric Division, Division of Mathematical Sciences
  • 2016-2020 • AGU Africa Award for Research Excellence in Space Science Committee.
  • 2012-2013 • Expert Reviewer United Nations IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2014(Working Group 1)
  • 2012 • National Reviewer for South Carolina Education Oversight Committee
  • 2011 • “Best international paper” award, 28th International Symposium on Military Operational Research (ISMOR), Hampshire, UK, 29 Aug – 2 Sep 2011.
  • 2009 • Kyung-Hee University, Department of Space Science, Visiting Associate Professor, May-August 2009.
  • 2008 • Clemson University, Department of Physics, Visiting Associate Professor (Sabbatical), February-July 2008.
  • 2007 • University of Nagoya, Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Visiting Associate Professor, May 15-August 22, 2007.
  • 2005 • Invited science consultant, Addison Wesley Physics Education Forum, San Francisco, CA, April 30, 2005.
  • 2005 • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Title: Scale-independent Measures and Prediction of Space Weather, $410,606
  • 2005 • Invited science expert, Florida Summit on Mathematics and Science, Tampa, FL, January 26-27, 2005.
  • 1999-2000 • Province of Alberta Graduate Fellowship
  • 1999 • American Geophysical Union – Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Outstanding Student Paper Award


About Dr. Wanliss

Dr. Wanliss specializes in coordinated analysis of ground- and space-based optical and other data, and the coupling of these data with models. He has extensive experience with magnetic field modeling and computer simulations of plasmas. He has applied his expertise in nonlinear dynamics to publish research in areas as diverse as pharmacotherapy, earthquakes, stock markets, medical physics, and war. Dr. Wanliss is married to Seung-Hyun and they have three children. Dr. Wanliss speaks four languages and is a native of South Africa. He is an avid reader, and especially enjoys studying history. Whenever possible he enjoys getting out into the mountains of SC. He serves as an elder in Greenville Presbyterian Church.