Researchers


Ian J.M. Crossfield

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of California, Santa Cruz

I am a Sagan Fellow in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My interests lie in exoplanet formation, composition, detection, and characterization, and the development of instrumentation to further those pursuits. I currently work to discover new extrasolar planets using photometry (transits) and high-resolution spectroscopy (radial velocities), and study their atmospheres using a variety of ground-based telescopes.

Personal Website

ianc at ucsc dot edu


Donald G Korycansky

Associate Research Planetary Scientist
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of California, Santa Cruz

Donald Korycansky's current main research project (in collaboration with Kevin Zahnle of NASA Ames Research Center and David Catling of the University of Washington) is the hydrodynamic simulation of erosion of planetary atmospheres by massive impacts. The goal of the project is to assess the efficiency of impacts as a potential mechanism for planetary atmospheric mass loss, both in the Solar System and for extrasolar planets. Other interests of Korycansky include geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics, especially rotational and diffusive instabilities and their effects on planetary and stellar interiors.

Personal Website

dkorycan at ucsc dot edu


Mikhail Kreslavsky

Assistant Research Planetary Scientist
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of California, Santa Cruz

Research interests:
Mars surface evolution and planetary data analysis.

mkreslav at ucsc dot edu