PTYS Graduate Students

Roberto Aguilar

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Kuiper 332
Research advisor(s): Jack Holt
Research interests: Planetary Surfaces

Arin Avsar

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Kuiper 351
B.A. Astrophysics, 2022, UC Berkeley
B.A. Planetary Science, 2022, UC Berkeley

Research advisor(s): Dániel Apai
Research interests: Exoplanets; Planetary Formation and Evolution, Planetary Astronomy

Namya Baijal

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Kuiper 351
Research advisor(s): Erik Asphaug

Naman Bajaj

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Kuiper 351
B.Tech Mechanical Engineering, 2021, College of Engineering Pune

Research advisor(s): Ilaria Pascucci

Adam Battle (he/him/his)

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Kuiper 322

Maizey Benner (she/her)

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Kuiper 324
B.S. Planetary Science, 2021, Purdue University
B.S. Applied Physics, Honors, 2021, Purdue University

Research advisor(s): Tom Zega
Research interests: Cosmochemistry

Galen Bergsten (he/they)

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Kuiper 338
B.S. Physics & Astronomy, 2020, University of Utah

Research advisor(s): Ilaria Pascucci
Research interests: Astrobiology, Exoplanets; Planetary Formation and Evolution, Planetary Atmospheres

Zarah Brown

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Kuiper 316
B.A. Astrophysics and Planetary Science, 2017, University of Colorado

Research advisor(s): Tommi Koskinen
Research interests: Planetary Atmospheres

David Cantillo

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Kuiper 351
Research advisor(s): Vishnu Reddy
Research interests: Astrobiology, Small Bodies, Space Situational Awareness

Rishi Chandra

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Kuiper 338
B.S. Physics, Planetary Science, 2021, University of Illinois

Research advisor(s): Daniella DellaGiustina
Research interests: Earth, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces, Small Bodies

Xiaohang Chen

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Sonett 10C
Research advisor(s): Joe Giacalone
Research interests: Solar and Heliospheric Research, Theoretical Astrophysics

Claire Cook (she/her)

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Kuiper 332

Michael Daniel

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Kuiper 318
B.A. Physics-Astronomy, 2020, Whitman College

Research advisor(s): Jack Holt
Research interests: Planetary Surfaces

Dingshan Deng

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Kuiper 334

Rachel Fernandes (She/Her)

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Kuiper 324
B.S. Astrophysics and Physics, 2017, University of Cincinnati
MS (en route) Planetary Sciences, 2019, The University of Arizona

Research advisor(s): Ilaria Pascucci
Research interests: Astrobiology, Exoplanets; Planetary Formation and Evolution

Searra Foote (she/her)

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Kuiper 351
B.S. Earth and Space Exploration (Astrobiology and Biogeosciences), 2022, Arizona State University

Research advisor(s): Tyler Robinson
Research interests: Astrobiology, Exoplanets; Planetary Formation and Evolution, Planetary Atmospheres

Nathan Hadland (He/Him)

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Sonett 10A

Orion Hon (they/them)

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Kuiper 326
Research advisor(s): Lynn Carter
Research interests: Planetary Surfaces

Rowan Huang (she/her)

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Kuiper 326
Research advisor(s): Virginia Gulick
Research interests: Planetary Surfaces

Lori Huseby

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Kuiper 351
Research advisor(s): Travis Barman

Kana Ishimaru

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Kuiper 332
B.S. Earth and Planetary Environmental Science, 2019, The University of Tokyo

Research advisor(s): Dante Lauretta
Research interests: Cosmochemistry, Small Bodies

Rocio Jacobo Bojorquez (she/her)

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Kuiper 322
Research advisor(s): Jack Holt
Research interests: Planetary Surfaces

Weigang Liang

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Kuiper 334
B.A. Physics, 2018, Cornell University

Research advisor(s): Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna
Research interests: Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Surfaces

Ricardo Maciel

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Kuiper 351
Research advisor(s): Walter Harris

Kiana McFadden

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Kuiper 322
Research advisor(s): Ellen Howell, Lynn Carter
Research interests: Planetary Surfaces, Small Bodies

Allison McGraw

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Kuiper 316
B.S. Geosciences, The University of Arizona

Research advisor(s): Vishnu Reddy
Research interests: Small Bodies, Space Situational Awareness

Robert Melikyan

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Kuiper 320
Research advisor(s): Erik Asphaug
Research interests: Orbital Dynamics, Small Bodies

Tyler Meng (he/him/his)

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Sonett 10F
B.S. Geophysics, 2015, Colorado School of Mines

Research advisor(s): Jack Holt
Research interests: Geophysics, Glaciology, Surface Processes

Mackenzie Mills

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Kuiper 316
B.A. Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2020, Johns Hopkins University

Research advisor(s): Alfred McEwen
Research interests: Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces, Titan & Outer Solar System

Samantha Moruzzi

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Kuiper 320
B.S. Earth and Atmospheric Science, 2020, Cornell University

Research advisor(s): Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna
Research interests: Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces, Titan & Outer Solar System

Samuel Myers

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Kuiper 334
B.S. Physics, 2016, The University of Idaho
B.S. Mathematics: Quantitative Modeling, 2016, The University of Idaho

Research advisor(s): Ellen Howell
Research interests: Small Bodies

Fuda Nguyen (he/him)

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Kuiper 351
B.S. Space Science & Engineering, 2020, Vietnam National University

Research advisor(s): Dániel Apai
Research interests: Exoplanets; Planetary Formation and Evolution, Planetary Atmospheres, Theoretical Astrophysics

Patrick O'Brien

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Sonett 10C
Ph.D. Planetary Science, 2022, University of Arizona

Research advisor(s): Shane Byrne
Research interests: Planetary Surfaces, Remote sensing

Iunn Ong

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Kuiper 351
Research advisor(s): Jessica Barnes

Beau Prince

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Kuiper 351
Research advisor(s): Tom Zega

Akash Satpathy

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Kuiper 351
B.S. Data Science and Astronomy (Honors), 2022, The University of Arizona

Research advisor(s): Amy Mainzer
Research interests: Asteroid Thermal Modeling, Small Bodies, Planetary Defense

Laura Seifert

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Kuiper 324
Research advisor(s): Tom Zega
Research interests: Cosmochemistry, Planetary Surfaces

Benjamin Sharkey (he/they)

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Kuiper 316
B.S. Physics, Astrophysics, 2017, University of Minnesota

Research advisor(s): Vishnu Reddy
Research interests: Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Surfaces, Small Bodies
Emileigh Shoemaker

Emileigh Shoemaker

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Kuiper 325
B.S. Physics, 2017, Towson University
MS (en route) Planetary Sciences, 2021, The University of Arizona

Research advisor(s): Lynn Carter
Research interests: Planetary Surfaces, Planetary Analogs, Ground Penetrating Radar, Radar Remote Sensing, Volcanology

Lucas Smith

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Kuiper 338
B.S. Applied Physics, 2020, Appalachian State University

Research advisor(s): Pierre Haenecour
Research interests: Astrobiology, Cosmochemistry

Amanda Stadermann (she/her)

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Kuiper 318
B.A. Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2016, Washington University in St. Louis
MS (en route) Planetary Sciences, 2019, The University of Arizona

Research advisor(s): Jessica Barnes
Research interests: Cosmochemistry, Lunar Studies, Volcanology, Impact Cratering

Harry Tang

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Kuiper 320

Joana Voigt

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Sonett 10B
M.S. Geological Sciences, 2017, Freie Universität, Berlin
B.S. Geological Sciences, 2015, Freie Universität, Berlin
M.S. Planetary Sciences, 2020, The University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Ph.D. Planetary Sciences, 2022, The University of Arizona

Research advisor(s): Christopher Hamilton
Research interests: Earth, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Surfaces, Volcanology

Jada Walters

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Kuiper 326
Zoe Wilbur

Zoe Wilbur (she/her/hers)

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Kuiper 318
BS Geosciences, 2018, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Research advisor(s): Jessica Barnes
Research interests: Cosmochemistry, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs

Chengyan Xie

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Kuiper 351
Research advisor(s): Ilaria Pascucci