People

We are always interested in hearing from prospective students or postdocs with a passion for planetary research. If you are interested in a position, get in touch!

Prospective graduate students take note: I do not use the GRE as a metric when evaluating applications.


Current Group Members

Mark Baum

Mark is originally from Kansas City and got interested in planetary science after coming across Carl Sagan's books and TV show in high school. Currently, he's focused on the ancient Martian climate, using models to bridge evidence for hydrological systems near the surface with physically plausible climate states.

Feng Ding

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I am interested in exploring diverse planetary climate states by building simple models. Currently, I am working on the climate in condensible-rich atmospheres and the implication for habitability of exoplanets.

Victoria DiTomasso

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Victoria DiTomasso is a graduate student at the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She is interested in the intersection between astronomy and planetary science, and how interdisciplinary work can lead to advancements in both fields. She currently studies the observability of oxygen in exoplanet atmospheres.

Kaitlyn Loftus

Kaitlyn is interested in mechanisms that impact planetary habitability as well as those that offer, through the pairing of observations and simple physical models, a means of evaluating the potential habitability of the rapidly growing cast of alien worlds. Broadly, her research focuses on modeling rocky (exo)planet climates. Currently she’s thinking about the observational implications of the sulfur cycle and tidal heating on M-dwarf planets.

Jake Seeley


Jake studies planetary climates using a hierarchy of models, ranging from pencil-and-paper theories to simulations that run on supercomputers. He is currently working on a theory for the tropopause in planetary atmospheres. Previously, Jake worked on a variety of radiative-convective phenomena, including the physics of carbon dioxide radiative forcing, anvil cloud formation, and the effect of global warming on lightning and severe thunderstorms.

Huize Wang

Huize studies the interplay between atmospheric dynamics and cloud formation in exoplanet atmospheres, with a view to predicting the observability of low-mass exoplanets by the James Webb Space Telescope. He also aims at understanding nonlinear dynamics in planetary climate by designing simple models that can provide physical insights. In his free time, he enjoys photography, cooking and mathematical modeling.

Robin Wordsworth

Robin is from the Scottish Highlands near Loch Ness, home of the famous monster. Since leaving Scotland he has studied and worked in England, France and the USA. Today, his research interests include the climate evolution and habitability of Mars, Earth and Venus and the potential climates and biosignatures of exoplanets.


Past Group Members

Constantin Arnscheidt (now at MIT) 

Mathieu Lapotre (now at Stanford)

Sukrit Ranjan (now at MIT)

Cecilia Sanders (now at Caltech)


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