Below is a listing of the members of the Planetary group at the Space Sciences Lab. The groups Associate Director is Robert Lillis.
Dr. Shannon Curry is a research scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, where she currently is involved in NASA and NSF supported research projects. Read More…
Associate Research Physicist
My research focuses mainly on observations (both in-situ and remote) and simulations of space plasma processes and ionospheric electrodynamics primarily at Earth and Mars (but the same physics applies to any planetary object with an atmosphere). Read More…
I am a planetary science researcher at the Space Sciences Laboratory within the University of California. My primary research interests include understanding the physical processes that energize the ionospheres of unmagnetized planets (in particular Mars), and how this energization can impact ionospheric escape to space. Read More…
I am a member of the Westphal group at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. I analyze cometary particles returned by NASA’s Stardust mission, and other extraterrestrial samples using electron microscopy, synchrotron and other analytical techniques.
Assistant Research Physicist
Dr. Lee is currently an Assistant Research Scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Christina works in the Space Physics Research Group (SPRG) on a variety of space-related research projects. Read More…
I am a planetary space physicist and geophysicist specializing in four main areas: 1) solar energetic particles and their effects on planetary environments, 2) electrodynamics of planetary ionospheres, 3) remote sensing of crustal magnetism and 4) the physics of atmospheric escape and climate evolution. Read More…
Janet G. Luhmann is a Senior Fellow at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on the use of spacecraft observations and models to investigate the connections between the Sun and heliospheric conditions, and on the solar wind interactions with the planets. Read More…
Astronomer & Public Education Specialist
Dr. Bryan Méndez works to educate and inspire others about the wonder and beauty of the Universe as an education specialist at UC Berkeley’s Space Science Laboratory and an adjunct professor of astronomy and physics at Bay Area colleges. Read More…
I arrived at Space Sciences Laboratory as an astronomy graduate student in the fall of 1985 to work on the Giotto mission to Comet Halley, which was launched just a few months earlier. Read More…
Senior Space Fellow
Interest in cosmochemistry and Nuclear chemistry. Research involved cosmic ray exposure histories of extraterrestrial materials (meteorites, lunar samples, and micrometeorites) and terrestrial materials (surface rocks and soils) using cosmic-ray produced (cosmogenic) nuclides such as 129I, 53Mn, 10Be, 26Al, 36Cl, and 41Ca; secular variation of solar and galactic cosmic rays.
Andrew R. Poppe
Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Poppe is currently an Assistant Research Scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. Andrew works in the Space Physics Research Group (SPRG) on a variety of space-related research projects. Read More…
Associate Research Chemist
Kees Welten got his PhD from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Utrecht University, Netherlands. From 1995-1997, he was an NRC postdoctoral fellow at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston. Read More…
Andrew Westphal is a Research Physicist and Senior Space Fellow at the Space Sciences Laboratory at U. C. Berkeley. He got his PhD at Berkeley in 1992 in high-energy astrophysics, and now works on the interface between planetary science and astrophysics. Read More…
Assistant Research Physicist
My primary research interest is the interaction between solar wind and Earth and planetary space environment. My main research focuses include energetic electron transport at Mars and Earth, the Martian ionosphere and magnetosphere. Read More…