People whose current research interests include topics in the planetary sciences.
In the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
» Jeremy Bloxham: Planetary magnetic fields, dynamo theory, structure and dynamics of the earth's core and lower mantle, inverse theory, mathematical geophysics.
» Stein B. Jacobsen: Isotope and trace element geochemistry; chemical evolution of earth's crust-mantle system; isotopic and chemical evolution of sea water; accretion and early differentiation of the Earth; cosmochemistry; meteorites.
» Andrew H. Knoll: Paleontology and sedimentary geology; astobiology. Principal Investigator of the Harvard Astrobiology Center (1998-2002); Mars Exploration Rovers Science Team Member.
» Jerry X. Mitrovica: Geophysics; solid earth tides, glacial isostatic adjustment, plate tectonics and mantle convection, true polar wander.
» Sujoy Mukhopadhyay: Noble gas geochemistry; interplanetary dust flux, nature of impactors on Earth, recurrence of comet showers, mass extinction events.
» Richard O'Connell: Planetary interiors; geodynamics.
» Daniel P. Schrag: Evolution of climate on terrestrial planets; geochemical oceanography.
» Sarah T. Stewart: Collisions and impact cratering; physical properties of comets and asteroids; interpretation of shock processing in meteorites; planetary surface processes; Mars.
» Juan Perez-Mercader: astrobiology, origin of life.
» Michail I. Petaev: Experimental and theoretical physical geochemistry; theoretical cosmochemistry; meteorites, primordial solar nebula.
In the Center for Astrophysics:
Professors and Research Scientists:
» Charles Alcock: Comets and asteroids; massive compact halo objects.
» David Charbonneau: Detection and characterization of planets orbiting nearby, Sun-like stars; Design and implementation of automated telescopes for photometric monitoring; Formation and structure of brown dwarfs, and searches for their low-mass companions.
» Lars Hernquist: cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, giant planetary collisions.
» Matthew J. Holman: Studies of the long-term dynamics of our solar system and extrasolar planetary systems; observational surveys for Kuiper belt objects, Centaurs, and outer planet satellites. More information.
» Scott J. Kenyon: Formation and evolution of stars and planets.
David W. Latham: Searches for extrasolar planets; the formation and early history of the Milky Way Galaxy; the frequency and orbital characteristics of binaries in various stellar populations.
» Myron Lecar: Gravitational dynamics; chaos; dynamics of the solar system; planet formation; formation and dynamical evolution of extra-solar planets in the universe.
» Ruth Murray-Clay: planetary dynamics, formation and evolution of planetary systems.
» Dimitar Sasselov: Nature and formation of extrasolar planets; extra-solar planetary missions; Origins of Life Initiative.
» Irwin I. Shapiro: Radio and radar techniques: applications to astrometry, astrophysics, geophysics, planetary physics.
» David J. Wilner: Star and planet formation; aperture synthesis observations and techniques.
» John F. Chandler: Experimental tests of general relativity; planetary ephemerides; interplanetary radar ranging; astrometric optical interferometry.
» Fred A. Franklin: Planetary photometry; stability problems; investigations of concentration and scattering properties of small particles in the solar system; techniques and instrumentation to measure the Earth's albedo.
» Mark A. Gurwell: Radio astronomy of planets; interferometry; brown dwarf detection.
» Kenneth W. Jucks: High-resolution mid- and far-infrared spectroscopy of atmospheric trace molecules and weakly bound gas-phase complexes; spectral signatures and biomarkers of solar and extra-solar planets.
» Vasili Kharchenko: Atmospheric physics; atomic collision theory.
» Sylvain G. Korzennik: Solar physics; helioseismology; astroseismology; extrasolar planets.
» Chunhua Qi: Protoplanetary disks and comets; sub-millimeter astronomy.
» Robert D. Reasenberg: Space- and ground-based astronomical optical interferometry; solar-system dynamics and tests of general relativity; planetary gravity; astrometry; planetary system detection and study.
» Timothy Spahr: Distribution of asteroids; sky surveys for near-Earth objects; determination of orbits.
» Wesley A. Traub: Stratospheric composition; high angular resolution imaging of astronomical objects; spectral signatures and biomarkers of solar and extra-solar planets.
» Andrew Youdin: Planet formation.
» Matija Cuk: Planetary dynamics.
» Darin Ragozzine: Planetary dynamics, Kuiper Belt.
» Arielle Moullet: Atmosphere of Io and Venus, thermal modeling of small bodies, mm interferometry.
» Gaspar Bakos: Instrumentation, search and characterization of extra-solar planets.
» Wade Henning: extra-solar planets (EPS)
» Sarah Ballard: extra-solar planets (Astronomy)
» Rebekah Dawson: solar system dynamics (Astronomy)
» Robert Marcus: Giant impacts; dynamics (Astronomy)
» Richard Kraus: Shock physics; planetary collisions (EPS)
» Glenn Sterenborg: planetary geophysics (EPS)
Previously at Harvard (not a complete list):
Professors and researchers -- moved, retired or emeritus:
» Robert W. Noyes: Solar and stellar seismology; solar structure and dynamics; detection and characterization of planets around other stars; origin and evolution of planetary systems.
» Ursula Marvin: Mineralogical studies of meteorites and lunar rocks; history of geology and meteoritics.
» John A. Wood: Petrological and geochemical studies of meteorite and lunar material; origin of the solar system; studies of the planet Venus.
» Brian G. Marsden: Celestial mechanics; determination of orbits; numerical analysis; astrometry; astronomical constants; comets; minor planets.
» Fred Whipple: Comets and asteroids.
» Jane Luu: Kuiper Belt, small bodies.
» Willy Benz: astrophysics and planetary science.
» Debra Fisher, in residence fall 2009-2010: extra-solar planets.
» Gerald J. Wasserburg, in residence fall 2001 & fall 2002: cosmochemistry, geochemistry, philosophy.
» Maria Zuber, in residence 2002-2003: Theoretical modeling of geophysical processes; models of lithosphere deformation and the physics of volcanism; relationships between gravity, topography, and tectonic features in determining the mechanical structures and states of stress in planetary lithospheres; development and implementation of space-based laser ranging systems.
» Bradford Hager, in residence fall 2003: Numerical modelling of solid-state convection at high Rayleigh numbers; study of the Earth's gravity field; core-mantle coupling; space-geodetic observations of surface deformation; dynamical processes in the interiors of the terrestrial planets.
» Itay Halevy, Ph.D. EPS 2010: global biogeochemistry, evolution of climate. Currently a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. Soon to be faculty at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
» Heather Knutson, Ph.D. Astronomy 2009: Extra-solar planets. Currently a Miller Fellow; soon to be faculty at Caltech.
» Eliza Kempton (Eliza Miller-Ricci), Ph.D. Astronomy 2009: Extra-solar planets. Currently a Sagan Fellow.
» Karin Louzada, Ph.D. EPS 2009: Martian magnetism, pressure effects on magnetic minerals. Currently the science attache at the Dutch embassy in DC.
» Laurel Senft, Ph.D. EPS 2009: Mars; impact craters. Currently faculty at Westchester Community College.
» Veronika Soukhovitskaya, Ph.D. EPS 2009: Planetary geophysics, magnetic fields. Currently at postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley Lab.
» Diana Valencia, Ph.D. EPS 2008: Interior structure and evolution of extra-solar and terrestrial planets (EPS). Currently a Sagan Fellow at MIT.
» Michael Ranen, Ph.D. EPS 2008: Isotopic evolution and the cumulate structure of the lunar mantle.
» Hannah Jang-Condell, Ph.D. Astronomy 2004: Simulations of protoplanetary disks. Currently at Michelson Fellow.
» Sabine Stanley, Ph.D. EPS (Geophysics) 2004: planetary dynamos, Uranus' and Neptune's magnetic fields, relationship between convective region geometry and magnetic field morphology. Currently faculty at U. Toronto.
» Mathieu Dumberry, Ph.D. EPS (Geophysics) 2004: Planetary dynamos, dynamics of rotating bodies, Earth's magnetic field and gravity field variations, magnetohydrodynamics, core-mantle interactions. Currently faculty at U. Alberta.
» David Charbonneau, Ph.D. Astronomy 2002: Detection and characterization of planets orbiting nearby; sun-like stars. Currently faculty at Harvard.
» Ray Jayawardhana, Ph.D. Astronomy 2000: Origin and diversity of planetary systems; formation of stars and brown dwarfs. Currently faculty at U. Toronto.
» Sara Seager, Ph.D. Astronomy 1999: Extrasolar planets; recombination in the early universe. Currently faculty at MIT.
» Michael Manga, Ph.D. EPS 1994: planetary science, fluid mechanics, hydrology, geodynamics, physical volcanology. Currently faculty at U.C. Berkeley.
» David Kring, Ph.D. EPS 1989: Cosmochemistry and planetary geology. Currently staff at Lunar and Planetary Institute.
Postdocs and Researchers:
» Lisa Kaltenegger: planetary atmospheres; extra-solar planets. Currently group leader at MPIA.
» Taylor Perron: surface processes. Currently faculty at MIT.
» Subhanjoy (Subu) Mohanty: Extrasolar planet formation and atmospheres; brown dwarfs; x-winds. Currently faculty at Imperial.
» Josh Winn: Extra-solar planets. Currently faculty at MIT.
» Scott Gaudi: Extra-solar planets. Currently faculty at Ohio State.
» Zoe Leinhardt: Planet formation, asteroid and comet collisions, n-body simulations. Currently STFC advanced fellow at U. Bristol.
» Qingzhu Yin: Accretion and early differentiation of the Earth; cosmochemistry; meteorites. Currently faculty at U.C. Davis.
» Marc Kuchner: Extrasolar planetary systems, small body dynamics, exozodiacal dust, interferometry. Currently a researcher at NASA Goddard.
» Edwin A. Bergin: Chemistry of the interstellar medium and star formation; structure and evolution of molecular clouds; molecular astrophysics; cometary chemistry. Currently faculty at Michigan.