Erik Asphaug

TitleProfessor Emeritus
DivisionPhysical & Biological Sciences
DepartmentPBSci-Earth & Planetary Sciences Department
AffiliationsAstronomy & Astrophysics Department
Web Site Web Page
OfficeA108 Earth & Marine Sci Bldg
Campus Mail StopEarth and Planetary Sciences
Erik Asphaug

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