Alexander J. Evans, Assistant Professor of Planetary Sciences (effective July 1, 2018)

Recent innovations in space technology have yielded considerable enhancements in the quality and quantity of data returned by planetary science missions. To take advantage of the unprecedented breadth of planetary data now available, my research will integrate across traditional disciplinary boundaries of geophysics, petrology, geomechanics, geodesy, geology, geochemistry, and biology.

In my research, I seek to couple computational modeling and observational data to elucidate the complex histories of planetary interiors and surfaces. To that end, my research is concentrated in three distinct, yet interrelated focus areas:

  • Evolution of planetary interiors
  • Mechanisms and processes operating on planetary surfaces
  • Planetary environments capable of sustaining life.