Ph.D., Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences2006, University of Colorado
M.S., Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences2003, University of Colorado
B.S., Physics2001, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S., Geological Sciences2001, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
My goal is to understand why the various planets and moons of the solar system look the way they do now, what they were like early in their history, and how they evolved to their present state. I approach these questions this by modeling large-scale geodynamics of terrestrial planets and icy satellites. I am primarily concerned with:
- Sources of heat in planetary interiors, tidal dissipation, radioactive decay, and impacts.
- Solid-state convection and the removal of heat from planetary interiors.
- Surface features and mass anomalies generated by geodynamic processes, and their effect on planetary reorientation.
- The relationship between the thermal and orbital evolution of planets and moons.
The models are developed with the goal of explaining specific surface observations of targeted planetary bodies (e.g. Mars or Enceladus), but with appropriate parameters can be applied to planetary bodies in general.
Notable Awards and Leadership
|2014 - Present||Geological Society of America|
|2012 - Present||Division of Planetary Sciences (affiliate)|
|2009 - Present||Outer Planets Assessment Group|
|2001 - Present||American Geophysical Union|
|2011||Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, American Geophysical Union|
|2010||Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Publication Award|
|2004-2005||“Best Should Teach” Silver Award, Graduate Teacher Program, University of Colorado|
|2001-2003||Supplemental Fellowships, Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, University of Colorado|