School of Earth and Space Exploration Leadership Team

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Lindy Elkins Tanton

Lindy Elkins Tanton
Director

Lindy Elkins-Tanton is the Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, co-chair of the Interplanetary Initiative, and Principal Investigator of the Psyche mission, selected in 2017 for NASA’s Discovery program.

Her research includes theory, observation, and experiments concerning terrestrial planetary formation, magma oceans, and subsequent planetary evolution including magmatism and interactions between rocky planets and their atmospheres. She also promotes and participates in education initiatives, in particular, inquiry and exploration teaching methodologies, and leadership and team-building for scientists and engineers.

Ramon Arrowsmith

Ramon Arrowsmith
Deputy Director

Ramon Arrowsmith studies active faulting, earthquake geology, tectonic geomorphology, and the geologic framework for human origins. Dr. Arrowsmith teaches Field Geology, Structural Geology, Geomorphology, and Computers in Earth and Space Exploration.

Phil Mauskopf

Phil Mauskopf
Associate Director of Operations

Phil Mauskopf’s background is in primarily experimental cosmology - in particular designing and building new types of instruments for measuring signals from the most distant objects in the universe. His research interests also include solid state physics, atmospheric science and quantum communications and cryoptography.

Enrique Vivoni

Enrique Vivoni
Associate Director of Graduate studies

Enrique Vivoni’s research focuses on water, climate and ecosystem processes and interactions with sustainability and management, with a specific emphasis on semiarid and arid regions of the North America. He is also involved in training, outreach and stakeholder engagement activities as related to technology transfer and the use of scientific knowledge for improving decision-making processes.

Chris Groppi

Chris Groppi
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Christopher Groppi is an experimental astrophysicist interested in the process of star and planet formation and the evolution and structure of the interstellar medium. His current research focuses on the design and construction of state of the art terahertz receiver systems optimized to detect the light emitted by molecules and atoms in molecular clouds, the birthplace of stars.

Patrick Young

Patrick Young
Associate Director of Community Outreach

Patrick Young is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in the lives and deaths of stars and their effects on their environments, from synthesis of the chemical elements to planetary habitability. His current research touches on computational hydrodynamics simulations of stellar interiors, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts and the synthesis and ejection of elements by nuclear fusion in stars and stellar explosions. He also models the evolution of stars and how their radiation, winds, and stellar activity may affect the habitability of nearby planets.