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! Please also see our FAQ page for further information.

Current Group Members

Collin Cherubim

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Collin began his research career in biochemistry and pivoted to planetary science and education after taking inspiration from science communicators like Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson. He was a chemistry and physics teacher in Boston and Morocco before joining the Wordsworth group. As a first year student, his primary research interests are in exoplanet atmospheric modeling/observation and astrobiology. Check out his blog: etaearth.org.

Jessica Cmiel

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After receiving my bachelor’s in astrophysics from the University of Georgia, I decided to pursue planetary science because of its fundamentally interdisciplinary nature. I am at present interested in the formation and climate evolution of Venus and aim to integrate science communication and outreach into my career as a scientist.

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.

Charlotte Minsky

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Charlotte is a first-year graduate student modeling Earth’s carbon cycle evolution. Having meandered from a passion for exoplanets into researching Earth’s climate history, she’s interested in what sets climate states and how planets we know of can help us think about planets we don’t. Before joining the Wordsworth group, she also studied the history of science, and hopes to incorporate an awareness of the historical and social context of planetary science into her career as a researcher. 

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.

Robin Wordsworth

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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.


Associated Postdoctoral Fellows

Gaia Stucky de Quay

Gaia Stucky de Quay’s research focuses on planetary geomorphology and how surface evolution may be driven by controlling processes such as modern and paleo-climate. In particular, she investigates how terrestrial volcanic island erosion may be dictated by rainfall erosion, as well as how paleolake geometry can provide constrains on the early Mars climate. 


Past Group Members

Constantin Arnscheidt 

Feng Ding

Mathieu Lapotre 

Tyler Moulton

Sukrit Ranjan 

Cecilia Sanders 

Huize Wang

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