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Ariel Anbar
President's Professor

Anbar is a President’s Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor at ASU, and a Distinguished Sustainability Scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability. One major focus is the deep time history of O2.


Ramon Arrowsmith studies active faults, topography, and the geology of earthquakes. He teaches Field Geology these days and is currently the School of Earth and Space Exploration's Deputy Director.

ASU Tempe Campus, School of Earth and Space Exploration Office 773, ISTB4 - BLDG75
Gregory Asner

Asner is an ecologist recognized for his exploratory and applied research on ecosystems and climate change at regional to global scales. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Cntr for Global Disc & Conservation Sci 1001 S. McAllister Ave
Melanie Barboni
Assistant Professor

Melanie Barboni is an isotope geochemist/igneous petrologist whose research focuses on understanding magmatic systems, both on Earth and other planetary bodies.

School of Earth and Space Exploration ISTB4 - room 577
Jim Bell

Jim Bell is an astronomer, planetary scientist, author, and educator. His research focuses on the geology, mineralogy, and geochemistry of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. He also directs the ASU NewSpace Initiative.

Sanchayeeta Borthakur
Asst Professor

Borthakur is an observational astronomer specializing in extragalactic astronomy. Her research focuses on understanding how galaxies exchange matter and energy from their surroundings and grow via such processes.

Maitrayee Bose
Asst Professor

Bose investigates stardust and organics in extraterrestrial materials to understand their cosmochemical origins. She measures water and other volatiles in asteroidal regolith to probe their evolution in the solar system.

Asst Professor

Katrina Bossert is a space physicist who studies dynamics in the near-Space region. She uses optical remote sensing instrumentation to look at coupling between the lower atmosphere and thermosphere-ionosphere system.

Cassie Bowman
Associate Research Professor (FSC)

Cassie Bowman is an associate research professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, focusing on educational research and evaluation.

Judd Bowman

Bowman is an astrophysicist. His research focuses on the formation of structure in the early universe. He also develops astronomical instrumentation and investigates the use of technology in informal science learning.

Donald Burt

Burt is professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and an economic geologist with experience in mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry.

PS F642
Peter Buseck
Regents' Professor

Buseck is Regents Professor in ASU's Schools of Molecular Sciences and Earth and Space Exploration. His research interests are environmental/analytical geochemistry, cosmochemistry, and solid state geochemistry/mineralogy.

Nathaniel Butler
Associate Professor

Nat Butler is an astrophysicist interested in the properties and evolution of the early universe.

Philip Christensen
Regents Professor

Christensen uses spectroscopy, radiometry, field observations, numerical modeling, and builds flight instruments to study the geology and history of planets and moons.

Amanda Clarke
Associate Professor

Amanda Clarke is an associate professor whose research focuses on the physics of volcanic eruptions.

ISTB4 767
Catherine Coleman
Global Explorer in Residence

Coleman is ASU’s Global Explorer in Residence at the School of Earth and Space Exploration and for the Interplanetary Initiative. She is a research chemist, a former NASA astronaut and a retired U.S. Air Force colonel.

Jnaneshwar Das
Asst Research Professor (FSC)

Das, a computer scientist, holds the Alberto Enrique Behar Research Professorship, with expertise in robotic monitoring, machine learning, autonomous systems, and unpiloted vehicles. He is also a core faculty at ASU GDCS.

Steven Desch

Desch is a professor of astrophysics in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. His research is in star and planet formation, meteoritics, exoplanets, and astrobiology.

PSF 636
Duane DeVecchio
Assistant Research Professor

Duane DeVecchio is a broad field-based geologist with a background in structural geology, sedimentology and geomorphology.

Linda Elkins-Tanton
Foundation Professor

Lindy Elkins-Tanton is the managing director of the and co-chair of the Interplanetary Initiative at ASU and Principal Investigator of the NASA Psyche mission. She received her doctorate from MIT in 2002.

Sun Devil Hall Room 226C
Jack Farmer

Astrobiologist, paleontologist, sedimentologist & petroleum geologist He helped establish the fields of Astrobiology & Exopaleontology, redefined NASA's exploration strategy into: the search for life is the search for water

PS F550
David Feary
Research Professor (FSC)
Edward Garnero

Ed Garnero studies the deep and inaccessible regions of the Earth and planetary bodies using seismology, a branch of geophysics. He wants to understand the dynamics and evolution of our planet as a whole.

School of Earth and Space Exploration ISTB4-581
Laurence Garvie
Research Professor (FSC)
Center for Meteorite Studies Arizona State University,
Gwyneth Gordon
Assistant Research Professor

Gordon applies radiogenic and mass-dependent isotope analysis to study the history of early Earth paleoredox, and human isotope variations, including cancer, metabolism, bone loss, and geographic residence history.

School of Earth & Space Exploration PS-F 234
Christopher Groppi
Associate Professor

Christopher Groppi is an experimental astrophysicist interested in the process of star and planet formation and the interstellar medium.

ISTB4 Room 697 781 Terrace Rd.
Craig Hardgrove
Assistant Professor

Craig Hardgrove is a planetary scientist who studies the Moon, Mars, and asteroids using nuclear remote sensing datasets to determine water and ice abundance and evolution. Hardgrove is PI of the LunaH-Map cubesat mission.

Hilairy Hartnett

Hartnett has joint appointments in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences. Her current research interests are in the areas of biogeochemistry, astrobiology, and organic geochemistry.

Arjun Heimsath

Heimsath researches how the earth's surface changes under the influence of climate, tectonic and human forcing. He runs a geochemistry lab to quantify surface processes and teaches undergraduate and graduate students.

ISTB4 rm. 795 781 E Tyler Mall
Pierre Herckes

Herckes is a Professor in ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences and affiliate professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. His research areas include analytical, environmental and atmospheric chemistry.

Richard Hervig

Hervig uses the elemental and isotopic chemistry of earth and extraterrestrial materials to deduce their origin and evolution. The main analytical tool he uses is secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).

PSF 644
Kip Hodges
Foundation Professor

Hodges is a transdisciplinary scientist with a broad array of research interests, including the evolution and origin of mountain ranges, the tempo of meteorite impact in the Solar System, and human-robotic exploration.

ISTB4, Building 75, Office 679 PO Box 876004
Assistant Professor

Jacobs is a interdisciplinary scientist with interests low frequency radio cosmology, development of space-based instrumentation, and the future of humans in space.

ISTB4 673
Amy Jurewicz
Assistant Research Professor (FSC)

Primary Research: to Enable the Genesis Solar Wind Sample Return to Obtain its Mission Objectives; i.e., minor ions in the solar wind to derive a bulk solar composition, for modeling the solar nebula and solar processes.

Center for Meteorite Studies ISTB4
Mingming Li
Asst Professor

Li uses numerical simulations to investigate the structure, dynamics and evolution of the Earth and other planets, and the surface expressions of deep mantle processes.

Michael Line
Asst Professor

Michael Line studies the atmospheres of extra-solar planets and brown dwarfs with the goal of understanding their compositions, climate, and origins.

Associate Research Professor (FSC)

James Lyons research has evolved from the chemistry of planetary atmospheres to composition of planetary atmospheres and the solar nebula and observations of exoplanet atmospheres.

Physical Sciences F-wing, room 688 SESE
Philip Mauskopf

Philip Mauskopf works on designing and building instruments primarily for astronomy and cosmology using superconducting detectors and devices.

Shaig Nabiyev
Visiting Scholar (FSC)

Shaig Nabiyev is an associate professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU. His main research interest is the dynamical relation of comets, asteroids, and meteoroids with Planetary bodies of the Solar System.

Allison Noble
Asst Professor

Noble is an observational astronomer specializing in galaxy evolution and formation. Her research focuses on the interplay of stars, gas, and dust in galaxies when the Universe was 4 billion years old.

ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration PO Box 871404
Joseph O'Rourke
Asst Professor

O’Rourke is a planetary scientist specializing in understanding how dynamic processes deep within planets control their surface conditions over geologic time, including volcanism, tectonics, and magnetism.

Jordan Okie
Assistant Research Professor (FSC)

Okie is a biologist, complexity scientist, and astrobiologist interested in the fundamental laws and theories governing life’s distribution, organization, macroevolution, and metabolism on Earth and beyond.

ISTB4-695 Arizona State University
Jennifer Patience
Associate Professor

Patience is professor of astrophysics who uses large, ground-based and space-based telescopes to investigate a range of topics in star and planet formation.

President's Professor

Reynolds' current geologic research focuses on structure, tectonics, stratigraphy, detrital-zircon provenance studies and mineral deposits of the Southwest.

PS F552
Mark Robinson

Dr. Robinson serves as the PI for the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. He is also the PI for a new NASA lunar imaging experiment ShadowCam, which is now under development.

Interdisciplinary A 120A
Steven Ruff
Associate Research Professor (FSC)

Steve Ruff is a planetary geologist with a focus on the mineralogy of Mars determined via infrared spectroscopy.

Moeur Building Room 134D 201 E. Orange Mall
Evan Scannapieco

Scannapieco is an astrophysicist whose research is focused on achieving a better understanding of the feedback processes in galaxy formation and the evolution of the elements across cosmic time.

Peter Schlosser
VP/Vice Provost & Professor

Schlosser heads the Global Futures Initiative at ASU.

Devin Schrader
Assoc Research Professor (FSC)

Schrader's research primarily concerns the study of primitive meteorites that remain relatively unaltered since their formation in the early Solar System.

Paul Scowen
Research Professor

Scowen's interests include star formation, astronomical space mission development, imaging, detectors and mirror coatings.

ISTB4 661
Steven Semken

Steven Semken is an ethnogeologist and geoscience education researcher whose work integrates geology, geography, ethnography, and pedagogy to explore influences of place and culture on geoscience learning and inquiry.

Bateman Physical Sciences F-Wing 550 E Tyler Mall, Room F528
Thomas Sharp

Sharp teaches mineralogy, field geology, and electron microscopy. His research interests include impacts and shock metamorphism in meteorites, high-pressure minerals and phase transformations in Earth's mantle.

PS F512
Sang-Heon Shim
Associate Professor

Dan Shim's research interests are centered on the physical and chemical properties of materials at high pressures and temperature, and the structure and evolution of Earth and planetary interiors.

Associate Professor

Evgenya Shkolnik is a professor of astrophysics at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She is an expert on stars, exoplanets, and the potential habitability of exoplanetary systems.

ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration ISTB4 Rm 665
Everett Shock

Shock has appointments in the School of Molecular Sciences and School of Earth and Space Exploration and is director of the W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Environmental Biogeochemistry at ASU.

Sumner Starrfield
Regents Professor

Starrfield is a computational astrophysicist and an ASU Regents Professor of astrophysics who studies stellar explosions using a Lagrangian, hydrodynamic, fully implicit, stellar evolution computer code.

PSF 532
Heather Throop
Associate Professor

Throop is an ecosystem scientist who studies how global-scale changes influence arid and semi-arid ecosystems. She is co-director of the Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

Christy Till
Associate Professor and Associate Director for an Inclusive Community

Christy Till is an earth & planetary scientist whose research focuses on magmatic processes, including magma formation in subduction zones, at highly explosive volcanoes and on exoplanets.

School of Earth and Space Exploration ISTB4 Room 569
Francis Timmes

Timmes is an astrophysicist in interested in stars, chemical evolution, astrobiology, gamma-ray astronomy and community-driven software instruments.

Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration
Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert
Assistant Professor

Trembath-Reichert is a geobiologist studying microbial life in the deepest, darkest portions our planet to understand its limits, origins and extensibility beyond Earth.

ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration ISTB4
Alexander Van Engelen
Assistant Professor

van Engelen uses observational and theoretical techniques to gain an understanding of structure formation in the universe.

ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration PO Box 871404
Enrique Vivoni

Vivoni is a hydrologist who focuses on interactions with climate, ecosystems and landscapes in arid and semiarid regions.

Meenakshi Wadhwa
School Dir and Professor

Wadhwa is an isotope cosmochemist interested in the time scales and processes involved in the formation and evolution of the Solar System. She serves as the Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

ISTB4 791
Ian Walker

Walker is a geomorphologist with expertise in sediment transport and erosion, coastal and aeolian geomorphology, environmental fluid dynamics, sand dune ecosystems, and paleo landscape reconstructions.

Sara Walker
Associate Professor

Walker is a theoretical physicist and astrobiologist. Her work focuses on the origin of life, chemical evolution and the physics of living systems.

Kelin Whipple

Kelin Whipple is a geomorphologist interested in the interactions among climate, topography, and tectonics. His research integrates field, experimental, remote sensing, and numerical approaches.

ISTB4 777
David Williams
Research Professor (FSC)

David A. Williams is a planetary geologist who studies volcanoes and volcanic deposits throughout the Solar System. He makes geologic maps planets, moons, and asteroids in support of NASA flight missions.

PSF 506B
Lynda Williams
Research Professor

Lynda Williams' research focuses on the chemical composition and structure of clay and related sedimentary minerals in order to interpret the environmental conditions under which they formed

PSF 650A
Rogier Windhorst
Regents Professor

Windhorst's research is in astronomy, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, the cosmic dark ages and the epoch of First Light, and astronomical instrumentation.

Associate Professor

Young is an astrophysicist and astrobiologist who simulates stellar evolution, supernovae, and the synthesis of elements. He also studies planetary habitability and target selection for future life-detection missions.

PSF 638
Mikhail Zolotov
Research Professor

Mikhail Zolotov is a planetary geochemist. He uses numerical physical-chemical methods to understand chemical processes and mineralogical changes in past/present solar system environments that involve rocks, gases and fluids.

Physical Science Building PSF650b