I work on, or have worked on, a number of projects, ranging from scientific investigations to engineering design. My work spans a number of themes and years, and some projects are on-going while others are done, for now. These projects include:
Atmospheric Collapse Under the right conditions, the atmosphere of a terrestrial planet can completely freeze and fall as snow/ice on the planet’s surface. This process is often called ``atmospheric’’ collapse, a wonderfully omninous term for a pretty cool physical process. I am interested in how energy transport affects and is affected by atmospheric collapse. My work so far has focused on Mars, but Pluto, early Titan, and exoplanets are all locations where atmospheric collapse may be at work.
Hydrology of Terrestrial Planets Though the existence and nature of an atmospheric hydrology varies greatly in our solar system, I am trying to understand how the various types of rainfall and groundwater are related between the different terrestrial planets. My work has focused on Mars and Titan.
Project ESPRESSO I have branched out from pure atmospheric and climate science by being part of the Project ESPRESSO team. We are working to develop new tools and techniques to safely explore small bodies, including asteroids and the moons of Mars. I am leading the development of a new laser based instrument to characterize impact ejecta. This instrument is intended both to characterize ejecta in a laboratory environment and to eventually characerize the ejecta and dust around a small body, like an asteroid.
Spaceflight Experience I started my professional career as an aerospace engineer, and I gained spaceflight experience starting at Stanford when I was working on my Masters degree. I have been lucky enough to work on a number of great projects despite a very short career as purely an engineer. Now as a planetary scientist, I hope to get involved again in planetary missions.