Erik Asphaug

TitleProfessor Emeritus
DivisionPhysical & Biological Sciences
DepartmentEarth & Planetary Sciences
AffiliationsAstronomy & Astrophysics Department
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OfficeA108 Earth & Marine Sci Bldg
Campus Mail StopEarth and Planetary Sciences
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Research Interests

Asteroid and comet geophysics, Mars surface evolution, planetary collisions of all kinds, and the origin of planets, satellites, meteorites and their parent bodies. I am also interested in spacecraft exploration of comets and asteroids, and zero gravity experiments to understand the rheology and petrology of small bodies and accreting planetesimals.

Biography, Education and Training

2006-: UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences, Professor
2002-2006: UCSC Earth Sciences, Associate Professor
2000-2002: UCSC Earth Sciences, Assistant Professor
1998-2000: UCSC Earth Sciences, Assoc. Geophysicist
1996-1998: SETI Institute, Principal Investigator
1993-1995: NASA Ames NRC Postdoctoral Fellow
1988-1993: U. Arizona, Tucson, Graduate Researcher
1985-1988: St. Gregory HS, Science and English Faculty
PhD: 1993: U. Arizona: Planetary Sciences, Geophysics
BS: 1984: Rice University: Mathematics and English

Honors, Awards and Grants

Asteroid 7939 Asphaug
Harold C. Urey prize of the AAS

Teaching Interests

Planetary Surfaces
Planetary Discovery
Formation of the Solar System
Planetary Collisions