The UCSC Planetary Science group studies the origin and evolution of solar system objects, from gas giant planets to icy moons to asteroids. We use spacecraft and ground-based observations, laboratory measurements, and numerical models to investigate the processes affecting planetary interiors, surfaces and atmospheres. Much of our work is also relevant to the Early Earth and to exoplanets, and we form part of the Other Worlds Laboratory. We are always looking for new graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

In a Bandera lava tube during our 2019 field trip to Mt. Taylor and the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field (photo credit: Mengyu Yang). 
2017 Meteor Crater Field Trip
2017 Meteor Crater field trip led by Ian Garrick-Bethell and Myriam Telus.