People

Evans, Alexander J

Assistant Professor

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Alex is interested in understanding the evolutionary, tectonic, geodynamic, and geophysical processes of solid planets. His work includes analyses of altimetry, gravity, geomorphology, and tectonics to determine the structure, surface, and internal evolution of solid planets. Alex is also interested in understanding the evolution of early life on Earth. Thus far, his research has focused on the investigation of the Earth, Moon, Mercury and Mars. Additionally, he has also been involved in the design, development, and implementation of planetary exploration missions.


Year 3

 

 

Bjonnes, Emily E

Graduate Student

Research Advisor(s): Professor Brandon C. Johnson (Purdue University)
emily_bjonnes [a] brown.edu

 


Year 2

 

 

Jones, Matthew J

Graduate Student

Research Advisor(s): Professor Alexander J. Evans
matthew_jones [a] brown.edu

Matt’s research focuses on the formation and evolution of planetary bodies, especially terrestrial planets. He is interested in using numerical modeling to understand the large-scale geodynamic, thermochemical, and crustal evolution of planets so that we may better understand the history of bodies in our own solar system as well as what we can expect to see in other systems. Currently, Matt is investigating the distribution of lunar crustal terranes that we observe today, supplementing finite element modeling with the perspective provided by lunar gravity, topography, and composition data.

 


Year 1

 

 

Nichols-Fleming, Fiona

Graduate Student

Research Advisor(s): Professors Alexander J. Evans and Brandon C. Johnson (Purdue University)
fiona_nichols-fleming [a] brown.edu

Fiona is interested in the relationships between interior and surface processes of solar system bodies. She hopes to study some of the bizarre geophysical processes observed in our solar system and use numerical methods to better understand and explain them. Her current research is working to explain the high intensity of the early Lunar magnetic field assuming it is caused by an intermittent dynamo rather than a very powerful long-term dynamo.


PhD 2015

 

 

Weller, Matthew B

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Advisor(s): Professors Alexander J. Evans and Alexandria V. Johnson (Purdue University)
matthew_weller [a] brown.edu

 


Year 4

 

 

Wiggins, Sean E

Graduate Student

Research Advisor(s): Professor Brandon Johnson (Purdue University)
sean_wiggins [a] brown.edu

 


Year 2

 

 

Wilner, Joel A

Graduate Student

Research Advisor(s): Professor Alexander J. Evans
joel_wilner [a] brown.edu

Joel studies the evolution of planetary topography from local to global scales. This work encapsulates surface-interior geodynamic couplings, planetary geomorphology, physical volcanology, and planetary geochronology. Topics of specific interest include the landscapes of icy moons and other potentially habitable environments. Anticipated investigatory modes include analysis of spacecraft-derived gravity and altimetry data, finite element modeling, and terrestrial analog field work. Joel is also interested in quantifying polar processes related to terrestrial climate change, including periglacial geomorphology and glacier hydrology.


Undergraduate

 

 

Zuckerman, Anna

Undergraduate Student

Research Advisor(s): Professor Alexander J. Evans
anna_zuckerman [a] brown.edu


Former Members of the Lab

Walker, Malik

Undergraduate Student (Summer 2019)