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Adam Showman's Current and Former Group Members


Current group members:

Xi Zhang, Bisgrove Postdoctoral Fellow, is working on a variety of topics related to the atmospheric dynamics, chemistry, and radiation of solar system planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Titan) and brown dwarfs.

Mike Sussman, postdoc, is working with me on the atmospheric dynamics of giant planets, and on basic topics in geophysical fluid dynamics.

Tiffany Kataria, graduate student, is investigating the atmospheric circulation of extrasolar planets, including hot Jupiters, super-Earths, and terrestrial planets.

Catherine Elder, graduate student, is investigating the coupled orbital-thermal evolution, geophysics, melt segregation, and heat transfer in Jupiter's volcanic moon Io.

Xianyu Tan, graduate student, is investigating the atmospheric dynamics of brown dwarfs and extrasolar giant planets.

I have also been working extensively with graduate students from other universities, including Daniel Perez-Becker (U.C. Berkeley), Vivien Parmentier (France), and Beibei Liu (Peking University); their published papers with me will constitute a significant portion of their Ph.D. theses at their home institutions.

Previous students/postdocs and where they are now:

Emily Rauscher (Sagan postdoctoral fellow, 2010-2012): Atmospheric circulation of hot Jupiters. Currently a Lyman P. Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton.

Nikole Lewis (Ph.D. student 2007-2012): Atmospheric structure and dynamics of close-in extrasolar giant planets (the "hot Jupiters"), focusing especially on planets in eccentric orbits such as GJ 436b, HAT-P-2b, and HD 80606b. Nikole's thesis combined data analysis and GCM experiments. Currently a Sagan Fellow at MIT.

David Choi (Ph.D. student 2004-2009): Dynamics of large ovals (Great Red Spot and White Ovals), turbulence, three-dimensional wind structure, and 5-micron hot spots on Jupiter and Saturn. He is now a NASA Postdoctoral Scholar at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Yuan Lian (Ph.D. student 2003-2009): Jet formation on the giant planets. Now a research scientist at Ashima Scientific in Pasadena, CA.

Michael Bland (Ph.D. student 2002-2008): Conducted numerical investigations of grooved-terrain formation and "tectonic resurfacing" on Ganymede and Enceladus; investigated formation of Ganymede's magnetic field and internal evolution using coupled orbital-thermal models. Currently a research scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kunio Sayanagi (Ph.D. student 2001-2007): The influence of giant convective outbursts (e.g., the quasiperiodic Great White Storms) on Saturn's equatorial jet and thermal structure; basic dynamics of jet formation, inverse cascades, and turbulence in 3D. Now an assistant professor at Hampton University in Virginia.

Curtis Cooper (Ph.D. student 2000-2006): Atmospheric dynamics, clouds, and chemistry on extrasolar giant planets and brown dwarfs. Since then Curtis's research has shifted to network theory, graph algorithms, measuring complexity in complex adaptive systems, and modeling systems with intelligent agents. Currently a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in Systems Research, Analysis, and Applications at Sandia National Laboratories.

Giuseppe Mitri (postdoctoral scholar 2004-2006): Tectonics and resurfacing of icy moons. Now a research scientist in Italy.


Showman group November 2009. From left to right: Tiffany Kataria, David Choi, Adam Showman, and Nikole Lewis.

Another group shot, November 2009.

Pages from history....

Showman group November 2004. From left to right: Mike Bland, Curtis Cooper, Bill Valine, Adam Showman, Yuan Lian, Kunio Sayanagi, and Giuseppe Mitri.

Curtis during our trip to Ithaca, New York, June 2004. Yuan and Curtis fiddling with the camera.
Giuseppe practicing his DPS talk, Nov 2004.


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