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Research Group

I am always looking for motivated and talented students or postdocs to work with. While my work revolves around using computers to explore the processes by which planets form, there are many opportunities for individuals with a variety of computer experience. Feel free to contact me to discuss possibilities.

Current graduate students:

  • Rich Lyons is currently working with me to develop a means of modeling very energetic collisions in the early Solar System and the effects that they would have on meteorite parent bodies.
  • Rebecca Fischer, a student of Professor Andy Campbell, and I have been working to understand how planetary accretion impacts the chemical evolution of planets.
  • Reto Trappitsch, a student of Professor Andrew Davis, and I have been exploring the effects of irradiation by solar cosmic rays on dust grains in the solar nebula.

Current undergraduate students:

  • Kaitlyn McCain is working with me to understand the thermal evolution of meteorite parent bodies as they are warmed by the decay of radioactive isotopes and are subjected to collisions. She is specifically determining the thermal diffusivity and heat capacity of actual meteorites and how they relate to the physical properties of these samples.

Former Postdocs

  • Dr. Thomas Davison (2010-2012), Studied the effects of collisions on meteorite parent bodies. Now: Research Associate at Imperial College London

Graduate Alumni:

  • Le Yang, PhD 2014: The Effects of Disk Building on the Petrologic and Isotopic Variations Among Solar Materials (Advisor: Fred Ciesla); Now: Seismic Imager at CGG

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Tad Komacek 2013: Thermal effects of planetesimal collisions in 3D; Grad student at U. Arizona
  • Molly Simon 2013: Aerodynamic sorting of dust grainsĀ during planetesimal sweep-up Grad student at U. Arizona
  • Alex Lanzano 2014: Thermal effects of collisions in icy planetesimals; Grad student at U. Colorado
  • Cecilia Sanders 2014: Noble gas trapping in amorphous ices; Continuing studies at Harvard