Planetary physics + chemistry @ Northwestern

My students and I are planetary scientists who study the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets of the Solar System as well as other planetary systems with the tools of celestial mechanics, geophysics, and geochemistry. Our science is driven by the big questions: Where did we come from? What else is out there? and, How unique is our history? 


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University.

Upcoming courses include:

During spring quarter 2018, Exploration of the Solar System (EARTH 110).

During fall quarter 2019, Cosmochemistry (EARTH 390).

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We simulate the construction of the Solar System from a protoplanetary disk considering dynamical and compositional constraints.

We build physicochemical models of planet formation to compare to geochemical and geophysical data.

We study the long-term dynamical and compositional evolution of planets, moons, and asteroids to understand how time has changed them

Phone: +1 (847) 491-3459

Office Address: Technological Institute F293/4



There are opportunities to join my group. Please click here for details.