Anusha Kalyaan

Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


I am a Graduate Research Associate at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU, pursuing my phD in Astrophysics. 

My thesis work involves modeling "snow lines" (the regions in the disk demarcating where water is present as ice, and where it is present as vapor closer toward the star), and the distribution of water in the solar nebula. I will also explore some implications to some related problems in cosmochemistry and planetary science. You can read more about my research in my research website.

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Research Interests

My research interests broadly surround volatiles in disks, how disk composition links to planet composition, and astrobiology.

Research Group

I am part of Steve Desch's research group at the School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU


External Photoevaporation of the Solar Nebula. II. Effects on Disk Structure and Evolution with Non-Uniform Turbulent Viscosity due to the Magnetorotational Instability: A. Kalyaan, S.J. Desch & N. Monga, 2015, ApJ, 815, 112

Formulas for Radial Transport in Protoplanetary Disks: S.J. Desch, P. Estrada, A. Kalyaan & J. Cuzzi, 2017 (accepted in ApJ, March 31st)

Research Activity

Giving a talk in Astrobiology Science Conference, Apr 2017, Mesa, AZ

Presented a poster at American Astronomical Society Meeting, Jan 2017, Dallas, TX

Expertise Areas