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As planetary geologists, we seek answers to some of the most fundamental scientific questions, including: What is the history of the terrestrial planets? How does life affect the geologic records of planets? In our solar system, the geologic records preserved on terrestrial planets and icy moons attest to the volatility of habitability through time. Using a variety of approaches such as field and laboratory studies, in situ and remote sensing data analysis, and analog experiments and numerical modeling, we aim to unravel the physics of surface and subsurface processes that shape rocky and icy bodies, and ultimately, what their rocks and landforms tell us about past hydrology, climate, and habitability.

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Prof. Lapôtre is always looking for motivated students and postdocs to join his lab and work on exciting projects related to planetary surface processes and planetary exploration.

Graduate studies

Check this webpage for the latest info on the application process. Prospective students interested in joining our lab to apply concepts of process geomorphology, physical sedimentology, and spectroscopy to the study of planetary surfaces and rocks (including those of Earth) are encouraged to contact Prof. Lapôtre.

Postdoctoral research

Prospective postdoctoral scholars interested in applying their expertise to the study of planetary surfaces and exploration are invited to contact Prof. Lapôtre to discuss potential projects and funding avenues.

Contact Prof. Lapôtre @ mlapotre at

For more information about the Stanford planetary-science community, our research, courses, and events, please visit Stanford's Planetary Science webpage.