News

November 2020

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jack Conrad for successfully defending his dissertation! He will be starting a postdoctoral position at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
  • Professor Natalie Batalha of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department will lead an interdisciplinary consortium for astrobiology research. Click here for the UCSC news release.

September 2020

June 2020

  • Congratulations to graduate student Brynna Downey for being awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Brynna’s work will involve the tidal-orbital evolution of Callisto, Titan, and other moons in our solar system.
  • Congratulations to graduate student Jack Conrad for being awarded a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship! Jack’s work will involve studying surface processes, geomorphology, and impact cratering with Caleb Fassett at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

May 2020

  • Congratulations to Dr. Carver Bierson for successfully defending his dissertation! He will be starting a postdoctoral position at Arizona State University.

April 2020

February 2020

  • Elizabeth Bailey, currently finishing a PhD at Caltech, will be joining the UCSC Astronomy and Astrophysics Department in the fall as a 51 Pegasi b Fellow. Click here for the UCSC news release.

March 2020

  • Congratulations to graduate student Maggie Thompson for being awarded a LPI Career Development Award! The funds from the award help cover expenses to the attend the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

January 2020

  • Congratulations to graduate student Carver Bierson for being awarded a postdoctoral position at Arizona State University! Carver will be studying the asteroid Psyche with Lindy Elkins-Tanton and Joe O’Rourke.

August 2019

  • Congratulations to Assistant Professor Xi Zhang for being awarded the 2019 Ronald Greeley Early Career Award from AGU’s Planetary Sciences section! Click here for the AGU news release.

March 2019

  • Xinting Yu, currently finishing a PhD at Johns Hopkins University, will be joining the UCSC Earth and Planetary Science Department in the fall as a 51 Pegasi b Fellow. Click here for the UCSC news release.

January 2019

  • Congratulations to Professor Francis Nimmo for being awarded the 2019 Harold Jeffreys Lectureship by the Royal Astronomical Society! Click here for the UCSC news release.

September 2018

  • Congratulations to Professor Francis Nimmo for being awarded the 2018 Paolo Farinella Prize by the Europlanet Society! Click here for the UCSC news release.

May 2018

  • Congratulations to graduate student Huazhi Ge for being awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship! Huazhi’s work is titled “Tropospheric Dynamics of Jupiter: Insights from Tracer Distributions From Juno and Ground-based Observations.”

March 2018

  • UCSC Earth and Planetary Science graduate programs rank in the top 20 by US News and World Report! Click here for the UCSC news release.

March 2018

  • Congratulations to graduate student Megan Kelley for being awarded a LPI Career Development Award! The funds from the award help cover expenses to the attend the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

November 2017

  • UCSC ranks in the top 5 space science programs by US News and World Report! Click here for the UCSC news release.

May 2017

  • Congratulations to graduate student Nick Zube for being awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship! Nick’s work is titled “Testing different accretion scenarios with the Hf/W isotopic system.”

November 2016

  • Professor Francis Nimmo’s research on Pluto’s subsurface structure is featured in a UCSC news center article! Click here to read the article and the paper that it references.

August 2016

  • Graduate student Michael Nayak’s research on Mars’ moon Phobos is featured in a UCSC news center article! Click here to read the article and here to read the paper it references.

May 2016

April 2016

  • Graduate Student Michael Nayak is featured in a UCSC news center article! Click here to read the article.

March 2016

  • Professor Francis Nimmo’s research on Pluto’s geology is featured in a UCSC news center article! Click here to read the article and here/here to read the two papers that it references.

December 2015

  • Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ian Garrick-Bethell for being awarded the 2015 Ronald Greeley Early Career Award from AGU’s Planetary Sciences section! Click here for the AGU news release.

July 2014

  • Assistant professor Ian Garrick-Bethell’s research on the Moon’s shape is featured in a UCSC news center article! Click here to read the article and here to read the paper it references.

July 2014

  • Professor Francis Nimmo’s research on the geysers of Enceladus is featured in a UCSC news center article! Click here to read the article and here/here to read the two papers it references.

February 2014

  • Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ian Garrick-Bethell for being awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship! Click here to read the UCSC news release.