Planetary science @ MSU
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?
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