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Mark Hammond is a Lindemann Trust Research Fellow who studies the atmospheric circulation of exoplanets, which are planets that orbit stars other than the Sun.

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Nigel Brauser is a graduate student who studies the materials of the Earth’s core using diamond anvil cell experiments coupled with computer models.

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Susan Kidwell leads a regular field geology trip for undergraduates to the Bahamas.

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Geophysical Science News

  • Megan Mansfield leads analysis of a unique exoplanet spectral sequence, finds evidence for compositional diversity

    October 23, 2021

    2021 PhD graduate Megan Mansfield (now NASA Sagan Fellow at the University of Arizona) led an analysis of exoplanet "Hot Jupiter" spectra that has been published in Nature Astronomy. Mansfield and her team (including University of Chicago Astronomy and Astrophysics Professor Jacob Bean) analyzed the strength of the water vapor feature in secondary eclipse data for Hot Jupiters as a function of temperature, finding trends that (when compared to models) suggest compositional variability between Hot Jupiters. Click here for more details.

  • Reika Yokochi leads study on Floridian Aquifer and climate change

    October 01, 2021

    Research Scientist Reika Yokochi worked with physicists at Argonne National Laboratory to develop a technique using nuclear dating to track historical climate change in the Floridian Aquifer. The technique, called radiokrypton, has the potential to drive discoveries in physics, geology, climate science, and many other areas.

  • PhD student Haynes Stephens receives Diversity Advisory Board Award

    October 01, 2021

    Congratulations to 4th Year PhD student Haynes Stephens on receiving the PSD Divisional Award from the inaugural UChicagoGRAD Diversity Board Awards! Haynes is active within the PSD's EDI peer mentoring program, serves on the Deparment of the Geophysical Sciences' EDI Coordination Team, and has worked with GRIT on department-level recruitment efforts. 

  • Blättler and Jansen receive AGU Early Career Awards

    September 12, 2021

    Congratulations to Assistant Professor Clara Blättler and Associate Professor Malte Jansen! Clara Blättler has received the American Geophysical Union Nanne Weber Early Career Award for "significant contributions to paleoceanography and paleoclimatology" and "exceptional promise for sustained contributions and continued leadership in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology." Malte Jansen has received the American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Early Career Award for "significant contributions to the ocean sciences" and "future promise within the ocean sciences." The awards will be presented during the upcoming American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

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