Eric Van ClepperGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Planetary Science, Planet Formation, Protoplanetary Disks

Pronouns: He/Him/His


I graduated from Northwestern University in 2019 with my BA in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences. After graduating, I spent a year tutoring math, physics, astronomy, and Earth Sciences courses for students at Northwestern. Currently, I am beginning my first year at the University of Chicago, and I am excited to pursue my PhD and continue studying planetary formation.

Research Interests

I use computer models to see how the chemistry in the protoplanetary disk can lead to the diverse array of planets we see today. I’m interested in everything from the early stages of disk chemistry, up through atmospheric and surface processes of planets.