School of Earth and Space Exploration Leadership Team

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Meehnakshi Wadhwa

Meenakshi Wadhwa
Director

Meenakshi Wadhwa is the Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Her research focuses on isotope cosmochemistry, in particular the sources and distributions of extinct radionuclides in the solar nebula; the formation and evolution of crust-mantle reservoirs on Earth, Moon and Mars; and the abundance and origin of water and other volatiles on rocky bodies in the solar system.

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.

Hilairy Hartnett

Hilairy Hartnett
Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Director for an Inclusive Community

Hilairy Hartnett has joint appointments in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and in the School of Molecular Sciences. Her current research interests are in the areas of biogeochemistry and organic geochemistry and focus on how geochemical, microbial, and anthropogenic processes affect the dynamic linked elemental cycles in modern, and paleo-environments.

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 and Associate Director for an Inclusive Community

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.