My research lies at the boundary between the fields of astrophysics, planetary science, geophysics and geochemistry. In particular, I am interested in the formation, structure and evolution of terrestrial and giant planets. More...
Adler Planetarium in Chicago has developed a new show, 'Imagine the Moon', that 'explores how the Moon has inspired human creativity, learning, and exploration ever since we have looked to the sky'. This show features some amazing animations of our recently proposed Moon model, created with input from Sarah Stewart and myself.
Congratulations to my former Ph.D advisor, Sarah Stewart, for being selected as a MacArthur Fellow. This award is commonly known as the 'genius grant'.
I have completed my Ph.D. at Harvard University. I will be moving to take up the position as the Planetary Science Option Postdoc at Caltech.
We have proposed a new model for the origin of the Moon: that the Moon formed inside the vaporized Earth. Our model can explain various observations of Earth and the Moon for the first time. Learn more...
We have discovered a completely new type of astrophysical object that we have named synestias. These are fascinating objects that have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of how planets form and evolve. Intrigued? Learn more...
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