People

Faculty

J. Taylor Perron

Taylor Perron is Professor of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences at MIT. More about Taylor

Office: 54-1022

Graduate Students

Santiago Benavides

Santi uses flume experiments and idealized numerical simulations to understand the dynamics of sediment transport near the threshold of motion, including the presence of intermittency, and understand its consequences. Apart from his work on sediment transport, Santi is broadly interested in nonlinear dynamics and particularly turbulence. He is fascinated by the unexpected critical behavior in turbulent systems undergoing a regime change, such as the behavior of three-dimensional turbulence as rotation is gradually increased or ionized plasmas as the magnetic field strength is increased.

Office: 54-1615

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Rola Dbouk

Rola is a PhD student in Jack Wisdom’s Group in the Planetary Science program. Her work involves the study of spin-orbit dynamics and long term tidal evolution of planetary satellites, with a current focus on the Saturnian system. She is also working with the Perron Group to explore the implications for planetary climate.

Office: 54-615

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Megan Gillen

Megan is a PhD Student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. She uses numerical modeling and remote sensing to study how coupled terrestrial-coastal surface processes drive landscape evolution on volcanic ocean islands. Megan is also a member of the Coastal Systems Group at WHOI, advised by Andrew Ashton.

Office: 54-1020

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Sam Goldberg

Sam Goldberg PhD ’21 is a fluvial geomorphologist interested in topographic signatures of landscape transience, the geomorphic effects of climate and past climate changes, and the implications of landscape structure for human occupation. He uses a combination of theoretical, numerical, and observational techniques.

Office: 54-1020

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Rose Palermo

Rose is a PhD Candidate in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Her interests span a wide range of topics surrounding surface processes and shoreline change. A common theme of her research is understanding how processes acting on competing timescales influence coastline evolution. Rose also applies her work on fingerprinting process from shoreline shape to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon and home to the only other active coastlines in our solar system.

Office: 54-1020

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Una Schneck

Una is a PhD student investigating how the flow of liquid hydrocarbons has shaped the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. In particular, she is working to understand how to apply existing empirical relationships in terrestrial fluid dynamics and geomorphology to other planetary bodies. She is also interested in the internal dynamics of subsurface oceans at moons like Europa and Enceladus.

Office: 54-1020

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Maya Stokes

Maya Stokes PhD ’21 works at the intersection of evolutionary biology and geomorphology to understand how changing landscapes influence the evolution of life. Her dissertation investigated the pace, mechanisms, and biological implications of the rewiring of river networks. Maya is now a Donnelly Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale.

Office: 54-1020

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Sam Birch

Sam is a Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Fellow. His research focuses on understanding the physical processes responsible for shaping planetary surfaces and climates, and using these worlds to learn more about our home here on Earth. He uses a combination of data analyses, theory, laboratory experiments, and  numerical simulations. He also works to develop and operate spacecraft that seek to explore the outer solar system.

Office: 54-1122

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Paul Corlies

Paul’s research aims to understand the dynamics of Titan’s atmosphere as well as connections between the atmosphere and surface. He uses a combination of space-based Cassini data and Earth-based observations to monitor and analyze Titan’s atmosphere, especially the formation and evolution of clouds. He is currently investigating the thermodynamics of Titan’s hydrocarbon rivers. Paul works jointly with Jason Soderblom‘s group.

Office: 54-1122

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Nicolás Pérez Consuegra

Nicolás is a Molina Postdoctoral Fellow. He integrates geological and biological data to understand the evolution of landscapes and life on Earth. In his work he uses tools such as geochronology and thermochronology, petrography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Office: 54-1018

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Morgan Schmidt

Morgan is a geographer and archaeologist specializing in the Amazon region, landscape archaeology, historical ecology, and anthropic soils (Amazonian dark earth or terra preta). He is investigating the formation of dark earth using soil analyses, ethnography, and remote sensing.

Office: 54-1126

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Undergraduate Students

Pratistha Timilsina

Pratistha is majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. She is using remote sensing to identify anthropogenic soils in the Amazon.


Staff

Roberta Allard

Roberta is a Senior Financial Assistant in EAPS. She makes sure Taylor doesn’t spend money he doesn’t have. If you’re putting together a proposal budget, Roberta has your back. She also knows MIT better than anybody in the group!

Kayla Bauer

Kayla is an Administrative Assistant in EAPS. She manages equipment, plans travel, handles reimbursement, and much more, including a bit of web design. She is also an expert on all things Disney!