Professor of Planetary Science
B.S., UC Santa Cruz, 2008; M.S., California Institute of Technology, 2010; Ph.D., 2012. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2014-19; Van Nuys Page Scholar, 2017-19, Professor, 2019-.
My primary research interests lie in the field of planetary astrophysics. I am fascinated by a wide variety of problems related to the formation and evolution of the Solar System, dynamical evolution of exoplanets, as well as physical processes inherent to planetary interiors and atmospheres.
Ge/Ay 133. The Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems. 9 units (3-0-6); third term, 2019-20. Review current theoretical ideas and observations pertaining to the formation and evolution of planetary systems. Topics to be covered include low-mass star formation, the protoplanetary disk, accretion and condensation in the solar nebula, the formation of gas giants, meteorites, the outer solar system, giant impacts, extrasolar planetary systems.
Ge/Ay 137. Planetary Physics. 9 units (3-0-6); second term, 2019-20. A quantitative review of dynamical processes that characterize long-term evolution of planetary systems. An understanding of orbit-orbit resonances, spin-orbit resonances, secular exchange of angular momentum and the onset of chaos will be developed within the framework of Hamiltonian perturbation theory. Additionally, dissipative effects associated with tidal and planet-disk interactions will be considered.