PTYS/LPL Faculty

Ilaria Pascucci


  • Molly Simon (PTYS)



  • David Fedele, 2009-2011, Space Telescope Science Institute and Johns Hopkins University
  • Veronica Roccatagliata, 2010-2011, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Basmah Riaz, 2009-2010, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Elisabetta Rigliaco, 2011-2014, University of Arizona


  • Nathaniel P. Hendler, undergraduate, 2013, University of Arizona
  • James Keane, PTYS, 2011-2013, University of Arizona
  • Judit Szulagyi, undergraduate, 2010-2012, Space Telescope Science Institute and Eotvos Lorand University
  • Laszlo Szucs, undergraduate, 2009-2011, Space Telescope Science Institute and University of Szeged
  • Emily Hardegree-Ullman, undergraduate, honors thesis, 2006-2007, University of Arizona
Ilaria Pascucci
Assistant Professor
Planetary formation and evolution
Ph.D., 2004, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy Heidelberg

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Years with LPL:  2011 to present


Dr. Pascucci’s research is directed towards understanding the formation and evolution of giant and terrestrial planets in the Solar System and in other planetary systems. She is particularly interested in merging the cosmochemist view of the solar nebula evolution with the astronomical view of protoplanetary disk evolution and planet formation.

Her research activities include studies of the mineralogy of protoplanetary disks, evolution and dispersal of the pre-planetary material around young stars and associated physical mechanisms, and evolution of volatiles (e.g., water) in disks in relation to their delivery to terrestrial planets.

CV for Dr. Pascucci (PDF)


  • Warm Gas in the Planet-forming Region of Disks: NASA/ADP
  • Water Transport and Dispersal of Gas in Protoplanetary Disks: NSF
  • Understanding the Origin of Transition Disks via Disk Mass Measurements: Herschel Space Observatory
  • Gas in Protoplanetary Systems: Herschel Space Observatory Key Program
  • The Masses of Brown Dwarf Disks and the Disk-Stellar Mass Scaling Relation: Herschel Space Observatory
  • Understanding Protoplanetary Disk Winds and Planet Interactions via Disk Emission Lines: NSF


NASA ADS Author search: Ilaria Pascucci


Publications listed for 2011-2014. For a complete list of Dr. Pascucci's publications, use the link provided for the NASA ADS Author search.

Todorov, K. O., et al. (Pascucci, I. 7th author) A Search for Companions to Brown Dwarfs in the Taurus and Chamaeleon Star-Forming Regions 2014ApJ...788...40T

Keane, J. T., et al. (Pascucci, I. 2nd author) Herschel Evidence for Disk Flattening or Gas Depletion in transitional Disks 2014ApJ...787..153K

Pascucci, I., Herczeg, G., Carr, J. S., Bruderer, S. - The Atomic and Molecular Content of Disks around Very Low-mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs 2013ApJ...779..178

Alexander, R., Pascucci, I., Andrews, S., Armitage, P., Cieza, L., Protostar and Planets VI review chapter in press (2013arXiv1311.1819A) Talk available on youtube at:

Moór, A. et al. (Pascucci, I. 11th author) - ALMA Continuum Observations of a 30 Myr Old Gaseous Debris Disk around HD 21997 2013ApJ...777L..25M

Kamp, I. et al. (Pascucci, I. 8th author) - Uncertainties in water chemistry in disks: An application to TW Hydrae 2013A&A...559A..24K

Kóspál, Á. et al. (Pascucci, I. 11th author) - ALMA Observations of the Molecular Gas in the Debris Disk of the 30 Myr Old Star HD 21997 2013ApJ...776...77K

Moór, A. et al. (Pascucci, I. 12th author) - A Resolved Debris Disk around the Candidate Planet-hosting Star HD 95086 2013ApJ...775L..51M

Boley, P. et al. 2013 (Pascucci, I. 9th author) - The VLTI/MIDI survey of massive young stellar objects . Sounding the inner regions around intermediate- and high-mass young stars using mid-infrared interferometry 2013A&A...558A..24B

Rigliaco, E., Pascucci, I., Gorti, U., Edwards, S., Hollenbach, D. Understanding the Origin of the [O I] Low-velocity Component from T Tauri Stars 2013ApJ...772...60R

Mohanty, S., et al. (Pascucci, I. 4th author) Protoplanetary Disk Masses from Stars to Brown Dwarfs 2013ApJ...773..168M

Dent, W. R. F., et al. (Pascucci, I. 35th author) GASPS - A Herschel Survey of Gas and Dust in Protoplanetary Disks: Summary and Initial Statistics 2013PASP..125..477D

Joergens, V., et al. (Pascucci, I. 4th author) Disks, accretion and outflows of brown dwarfs 2013AN....334..159J

Szulágyi, J., Pascucci, I., et al. Observational Constraints on the Stellar Radiation Field Impinging on Transitional Disk Atmospheres 2012ApJ...759...47S

Robberto, M., et al. (Pascucci, I. 5th author) An HST Imaging Survey of Low-mass Stars in the Chamaeleon I Star-forming Region 2012AJ....144...83R

Harvey, P. M., et al. (Pascucci, I. 9th author) A Herschel Survey of Cold Dust in Disks around Brown Dwarfs and Low-mass Stars 2012ApJ...755...67H

Pascucci, I., Gorti, U., Hollenbach, D. Free-Free Emission and Radio Recombination Lines from Photoevaporating Disks 2012ApJ...751L..42P

Alexander, R. D., Pascucci, I. Deserts and pile-ups in the distribution of exoplanets due to photoevaporative disc clearing 2012MNRAS.422L..82A

Popular Solar System Orbits Result in 'Planet Pileups'

Sacco, G. G., et al. (Pascucci, I. 3rd author) High-resolution Spectroscopy of Ne II Emission from Young Stellar Objects 2012ApJ...747..142S

Banzatti, A., et al. (Pascucci, I. 5th author) EX Lupi from Quiescence to Outburst: Exploring the LTE Approach in Modeling Blended H2O and OH Mid-infrared Emission 2012ApJ...745...90B

Fedele, D., Pascucci, I., et al. Water Depletion in the Disk Atmosphere of Herbig AeBe Stars 2011ApJ...732..106F

Moór, A., et al. (Pascucci, I. 5th author) Molecular Gas in Young Debris Disks 2011ApJ...740L...7M

Woitke, P., et al. (Pascucci, I. 4th author) The unusual protoplanetary disk around the T Tauri star ET Chamaeleontis 2011A&A...534A..44W

Pascucci, I., et al. The Photoevaporative Wind from the Disk of TW Hya 2011ApJ...736...13P

Dalle Ore, C. M., et al. (Pascucci, I. 16th author) Organic materials in planetary and protoplanetary systems: nature or nurture? 2011A&A...533A..98D

Gorti, U., et al. (Pascucci, I. 4th author) Emission Lines from the Gas Disk around TW Hydra and the Origin of the Inner Hole 2011ApJ...735...90G

Öberg, K. I., et al. Disk Imaging Survey of Chemistry with SMA. II. Southern Sky Protoplanetary Disk Data and Full Sample Statistics 2011ApJ...734...98O

Teske, J. K., et al. (Pascucci, I. 4th author) Measuring Organic Molecular Emission in Disks with Low-resolution Spitzer Spectroscopy 2011ApJ...734...27T

Thi, W.-F., et al. (Pascucci, I. 9th author) Detection of CH+ emission from the disc around HD 100546 2011A&A...530L...2T

Skemer, A. J., et al. (Pascucci, I. 6th author) Evidence Against an Edge-on Disk Around the Extrasolar Planet, 2MASS 1207 b and a New Thick-cloud Explanation for Its Underluminosity 2011ApJ...732..107S

Moór, A., Pascucci, I., et al. Structure and Evolution of Debris Disks Around F-type Stars. I. Observations, Database, and Basic Evolutionary Aspects 2011ApJS..193....4M