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Research in Comparative Planetary Evolution

Members of the 3CPE engage in research from trying to understand the origin of life on earth, to exploring the habitable environments on Mars, to mapping icy satellites and asteroids in order to understand their chemical interactions, to trying to determine how planetary system forms and evolve and diverge, to building cutting-edge instrument to find new planets beyond the solar system and to trace the chemical pathways from the stars to our world. This research crosses many traditional disciplines and borders and tries to find and build the connections between them.

Research Areas and Associated Faculty

Solar System Exploration

Planetary Exploration: Blake, Brown, de Kleer, Ehlmann, Fischer, Farley, Grotzinger, Jackson, Ingersoll, Simons, Stolper, Yung

Early Mars

Early Mars: Asimow, Ehlmann, Eiler, Fischer, Farley, Grotzinger, Stolper, Yung

Evolution: Eiler, Fischer, Orphan

Earth History: Asimow, Eiler, Fischer, Farley, Grotzinger, Stolper, Tissot

Origin of Life

Origin of Life: Eiler, Fischer, Grotzinger, Yung


Exoplanets: Batygin, Hopkins, Fuller, Howard, Knutson, Mawet, Yung

Early Earth

Early Earth: Eiler, Fischer, Grotzinger, Tissot

Planetary Formation

Planet Formation: Batygin, Blake, Brown, Hopkins, Tissot

Planetary Processes

Planetary Processes: Asimow, Batygin, Brown, de Kleer, Eiler, Fuller, Knutson, Simons, Stolper, Zhan

Extreme Environments

Extreme Environments: Brown, Jackson, Orphan