Planetary Science MS/PhD Positions Starting Fall 2019
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InstitutionAdvisorContact InfoAdvisor websiteDept/Program WebsiteTopic Area
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PhDPurdue UniversityBriony Horgonbriony@purdue.eduhttps://www.eaps.purdue.edu/people/faculty-pages/horgan.htmlhttps://www.eaps.purdue.edu/index.htmlmineralogy of planetary surfaces using orbital spectroscopy, both to study volcanism and crystal structure on the Moon and ancient weathering on Mars.
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Ph.D.University of ArizonaJessica BarnesJjbarnes@email.arizona.eduhttps://www.lpl.arizona.edu/faculty/jessica-barneshttp://lpl.arizona.eduorigin and evolution of volatiles on different solar system bodies using coordinated laboratory studies (electron and ion beam) of returned samples and meteorites.
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PhDPurdue UniversityDavid Mintondaminton@purdue.eduhttp://www.eaps.purdue.edu/minton/https://www.eaps.purdue.edu/index.html
computer modeling to study the early bombardment history of the Moon, and to link the age information inferred from the reset of the U-Pb and K-Ar systems in samples of ancient lunar rocks to answer fundamental questions about the early history of lunar bombardment.
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PhDNorthern Arizona UniversityJennifer Hanleyjhanley@lowell.eduhttps://lowell.edu/staff-member/jennifer-hanley/http://www.physics.nau.edu/AstroPhD.shtmlExperiments and modeling of Titan Lakes
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MSTexas Christian UniversityRhiannon Mayner.g.mayne@tcu.eduhttps://geology.tcu.edu/staff/rhiannon-mayne/https://geology.tcu.eduprimarily in meteorite petrology but with the possibility of spectroscopy too (VISNIR meteorite and/or asteroidal)
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PhDPurdue UniversityMichelle Thompsonmthompson@purdue.eduhttps://www.eaps.purdue.edu/people/faculty-pages/thompson.htmlhttps://www.eaps.purdue.edu/index.htmlpossible projects in studies of space weathering of airless bodies via returned sample analysis (Moon, Itokawa, prep for Hayabusa2 and OREx)
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PhDUniversity of Texas AustinCaroline Morleycmorley@utexas.eduhttps://www.carolinemorley.comhttp://www.as.utexas.eduexoplanets (atmosphere modeling)
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PhD or MScYork UniversityIsaac Smithibsmith@yorku.cahttp://lassonde.yorku.ca/users/isaacsmithhttps://esse.lassonde.yorku.ca
A focus on Mars is likely, with extensions to ices on outer planet moons or Pluto. There are opportunities for data analysis or laboratory experiments. A second stream is for mesoscale modeling of the martian atmosphere, especially over the poles.
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Southern Methodist University (Dallas) and PSI
Matt Sieglermsiegler@smu.edu
https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/EarthSciences/People/Faculty/Siegler
https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/academics/departments/earthsciences
InSight, Osiris Rex, LRO and a number of geophysics problems, mostly centering around thermal modeling, also some laboratory work with thermal conductivity.
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PhDArizona State UniversityMaitrayee Bosembose2@asu.eduhttps://maitrayeebose.comhttps://sese.asu.eduPossible projects include volatiles in Itokawa and meteorites and studies of Interplanetary dust particles.
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PhDTexas A&M UniversityRyan Ewingrce@tamu.eduhttps://www.aeolianlab.comhttps://geoweb.tamu.edu/index.phpMars science and robotic operations study in Iceland
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PhDUniversity of Colorado BoulderPaul HaynePaul.hayne@Colorado.eduhttps://phayne.github.iohttps://www.colorado.edu/aps/
Research spans a range of planetary bodies with icy surfaces and thin atmospheres. We use data from planetary missions (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Dawn, Cassini, etc) and develop numerical models to understand the physics of planetary surfaces and atmospheres. I'm pretty open to exoplanet projects too!
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BothUniversity of Texas AustinTim Goudgetgoudge@jsg.utexas.eduhttp://www.timgoudge.comhttp://www.jsg.utexas.eduPlanetary surface processes; see ad here: http://www.timgoudge.com/Files/Goudge_Student_Ad_2018.pdf
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MS & PhDBaylor UniversityPeter JamesP_James@baylor.edubaylorplanetary.combaylor.edu/geosciencesPlanetary Geophysics
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PhDCornell University Nikole Lewisnikole.lewis@cornell.eduUnder construction Astro.cornell.eduExoplanet atmospheres
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MS&PhDUniversity of Central FloridaJoe Harringtonjh@physics.ucf.eduhttps://planets.ucf.edu/people/faculty/joseph-harrington/https://planets.ucf.eduexoplanets
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PhDStanford University Dustin Schroeder Dustinms@stanford.eduRadioglaciology.comhttps://pangea.stanford.edu/geophysicsIce Penetrating Radar
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University of Central FloridaYan Fernandezyan@ucf.eduhttps://physics.ucf.edu/~yfernandez/https://planets.ucf.educomet observations
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BothUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasArya Udryarya.udry@unlv.eduhttps://aryaudry.comhttps://geoscience.unlv.eduPossible projects are petrogenesis studies of martian meteorites and enstatite-rich meteorites.
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PhDRutgers (possibly Stanford)Sonia Tikoosonia.tikoo@rutgers.eduhttps://soniatikoo.comhttps://eps.rutgers.edulunar or meteorite paleomagnetism, as well as studying the effects of (hydro)thermal alteration on the magnetic properties of rocks.
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PhDNorthwestern UniversitySeth Jacobson
sethajacobson@earth.northwestern.edu
www.sethajacobson.comhttps://www.earth.northwestern.edu/Planet formation, first atmospheres, planetary accretion, asteroids, giant impacts
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PhDUniversity of ChicagoEdwin Kitekite@uchicago.edusseh.uchicago.eduhttps://geosci.uchicago.edu/Planetary geoscience
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PhDStanfordLaura Schaeferlkschaef@stanford.eduIn progresshttps://pangea.stanford.edu/gsAtmosphere formation, magma oceans, exoplanets, Venus, Io
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PhDPenn State UniversityBrad Foleybjf5382@psu.eduhttps://sites.psu.edu/bjf5382/https://www.geosc.psu.edu/Initiation of plate tectonics on Earth and growth of continental crust, using modeling of mantle convection with continents included; fully funded project!
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PhDNorthern Arizona UniversityWill Grundygrundy@lowell.eduhttps://lowell.edu/staff-member/will-grundy/http://www.physics.nau.edu/AstroPhD.shtmlLab studies of low temperature materials for Pluto/KBOs
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Auburn UniversityDennis Bodewitsdennis@auburn.eduhttps://www.auburn.edu/~dzb0059/
http://www.auburn.edu/academic/cosam/departments/physics/
Swift space telescope observations of comets and asteroids
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PhDStony BrookTim Glotchtimothy.glotch@stonybrook.eduhttp://cpex.labs.stonybrook.edu/tglotch/https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/geosciences/analyses of LRO Diviner Lunar Radiometer data to study non-mare volcanism and lunar swirls. The student will also collect laboratory infrared spectra for comparison to lunar and other airless body infrared spectra.
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PhDU. California DavisSarah Stewartsts@ucdavis.edusarahtstewart.netgeology.ucdavis.eduPlanet formation, collisions, astrobiology, shock physics
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PhDNorthern Arizona University Christopher EdwardsChristopher.Edwards@nau.eduhttp://ChristopherScottEdwards.comhttp://www.physics.nau.edu/AstroPhD
#1: Conduct field studies, UAV based remote sensing and thermal modeling to determine the thermophysical properties and soil moisture of planetary analog sites

#2: Work with and modify existing spectral models combined with laboratory studies to carry out a sensitivity study of mixtures for thermal infrared emission spectroscopy

Opportunities for students on different projects also exist!
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BothUniversity of Central FloridaKerri Donaldson HannaKerri.DonaldsonHanna@ucf.eduhttps://planets.ucf.edu/dr-kerri-donaldson-hanna/https://planets.ucf.eduProjects include the investigation of planetary surfaces through the use of laboratory investigations and remote sensing observations, particularly across thermal infrared wavelengths for airless bodies including the Moon and asteroids
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BothUniversity of Western Ontario Gordon Osinskigosinski@uwo.cawww.spacerocks.caWww.cpsx.uwo.caPlanetary geology
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PhDUniversity of Central FloridaDaniel Brittdbritt@ucf.eduhttp://sciences.ucf.edu/physics/people/britt-daniel/ https://planets.ucf.edu/https://planets.ucf.edu/academics/phd/Asteroid regoliths, lunar and asteroid physical properties, planetary simulants, space weathering
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PhDTulane UniversityJennifer Whittenjwhitten1@tulane.eduhttp://whitten.wp.tulane.edu/Dept. Earth and Environmental SciencesPlanetary geomorphology, volcanism, radar properties, Mars polar deposits, resurfacing
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University of Toronto Diana Valenciavalencia@astro.utoronto.cahttps://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/physsci/diana-valenciahttps://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/physsci/message-chairProjects include: tidal heating in rocky exoplanets, rocky exoplanet habitability, atmosphere formation and evolution of rocky (eco) planets, tying composition to formation in mini-Neptunes and Super-Earths.
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PhDUniversity of RochesterMiki Nakajimamnakajima@rochester.eduhttps://www.mikinakajima.com
http://www.sas.rochester.edu/ees/ or http://www.pas.rochester.edu
Projects include modeling planetary impact processes, formation and evolution of terrestrial planets and moons in the solar and extra solar systems, as well as geodynamic modeling of planetary interiors.
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PhDGeorgetown University
Sarah Stewart Johnson
Sarah.johnson@georgetown.eduwww.johnsonbiosignatureslab.comhttps://biology.georgetown.edu/astrobiology/life detection/biosignatures
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MSc and PhD
University of FloridaAmy Williamsamywilliams1@ufl.eduwp.towson.edu/ajwilliams/http://geology.ufl.edu/astrobiology and planetary analogs (Mars and Icy Worlds)
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PhD or MScUniversity of FloridaStephen Elardoselardo@ufl.eduhttp://www.steve-elardo.com/http://geology.ufl.edu/
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PhDNorthern Arizona UniversityDavid Trillingdavid.trilling@nau.eduhttp://www.physics.nau.edu/AstroPhD.shtmlhttp://www.physics.nau.edu/AstroPhD.shtmlObservations of faint Kuiper Belt Objects with Hubble Space Telescope [project already funded and executing]
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PhDMITKatherine de Kleerdekleer@mit.eduhttp://web.gps.caltech.edu/~dekleer/https://eapsweb.mit.edu/Planetary Astronomy (planets, satellites, small bodies, exoplanets)
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MSUniversity of Georgia
Dr. Christian Klimczak
klimczak@uga.eduhttp://sgg.gly.uga.edu/http://geology.uga.edu/structural geology, planetary tectonics, planetary analogue field work
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PhDUniversity of EdinburghColin Snodgrasscsn@roe.ac.ukhttp://www.roe.ac.uk/~csn/https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/APHD/ProjectsComets
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PhDStanford UniversityMathieu Lapotremlapotre@stanford.eduwww.mathieulapotre.comhttps://pangea.stanford.edu/gsPlanetary surface processes
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PhDUC Santa CruzDr. Myriam Telusmtelus@ucsc.eduucscplanetaryscience.comeps.ucsc.eduCosmochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry
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PhDGeorgia Institute of TechnologyJames Wrayjwray@gatech.eduhttp://wray.eas.gatech.eduhttp://www.eas.gatech.edu/graduatePlanetary surfaces
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PhDOxford UniversityVivien Parmentier
vivien.parmentier@physics.ox.ac.uk
https://www.some.ox.ac.uk/people/vivien-parmentier/
https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduates/atmospheric-oceanic-and-planetary-physics/planetary-exoplanetary-physics
Exoplanets atmospheres - Theory
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PhDUniversity Of PittsburghDr. Michael Ramseymramsey@pitt.eduhttp://ivis.eps.pitt.edu/https://www.geology.pitt.edu/Remote sensing of Mars and Terrestrial Volcanism
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MSWesleyan UniversityMartha Gilmoremgilmore@wesleyan.eduhttps://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NxQ1-3gAAAAJ&hl=enwesleyan.edu/planetaryremote sensing, geomorphology Venus and Mars
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PhDNorthern Arizona UniversityTyler Robinsontyler.robinson@nau.edutylerdrobinson.nethttp://tylerdrobinson.netExoplanets, astrobiology, biosignatures, and retrieval/characterization
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PhDUniversity of HawaiiSarah Fagentsfagents@hawaii.edu
https://www.higp.hawaii.edu/cgi-directory/directory.cgi?func=disp&searchname=SarahA.Fagents
https://www.higp.hawaii.edu/ and http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/
Cryomagmatic processes in Titan's ice shell
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MSWesleyan University
Meredith Hughes (and other astro faculty)
amhughes@wesleyan.eduhttp://amhughes.web.wesleyan.edu/https://www.wesleyan.edu/planetary/index.htmlplanet formation, circumstellar disks, radio interferometry
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PhD
International research school of planetary sciences- Pescara, Italy
Giuseppe Mitrigiuseppe.mitri@unich.ithttp://www.irsps.it/giuseppe-mitri.htmlhttp://www.irsps.itIcy satellites' tectonics
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PhDLATMOS, Sorbonne university, Paris
Anni Maattanen (LATMOS) and Aymeric Spiga (LMD)
anni.maattanen@latmos.ipsl.frmaattanen.page.latmos.ipsl.frwww.latmos.ipsl.frMesoscale modeling of Martian CO2 clouds at the winter poles
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