Alexander J. Evans, Assistant Professor

Recent innovations in space technology have yielded considerable enhancements in the quality and quantity of data returned by planetary science missions. To take advantage of the unprecedented breadth of planetary data now available, the Geophysics of Stellar System Targets (GHOSST) Computational Laboratory, research integrates across traditional disciplinary boundaries of geophysics, petrology, geomechanics, atmospheric/climate science, geodesy, geology, geochemistry, and biology.


Within the GHOSST Lab, we couple computational modeling and observational data to elucidate the complex histories of planetary interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres. Our research is primarily concentrated in three distinct, yet interrelated focus areas:

  • Evolution of planetary interiors
  • Mechanisms and processes operating on planetary surfaces
  • Planetary environments capable of sustaining life.