Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences (2019-present) and (by courtesy) of Geophysics (2020-present); John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow, Harvard University (2017-2019); PhD Geology, California Institute of Technology (2017); MS Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology (2014); Diplôme d'Ingénieur (MS) Geophysical Engineering, Ecole & Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre (2011); MS Environmental Science & Engineering, Université de Strasbourg (2011); BS Geophysics, Université de Strasbourg (2009).
Prof. Lapôtre's research focuses on sediment transport, fluvial and eolian morphodynamics, fluid and erosion mechanics, applications of quantitative geomorphology and sedimentology to paleoenvironmental reconstuctions on Earth and other planetary bodies, planetary exploration, orbital and in situ geology, and VSWIR spectroscopy.
PhD Geophysics & Space Physics, UCLA, (2020); MS Planetary Science, Weizman Institute of Science (2015); BS Geophysics & Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University (2012).
Lior is interested in the processes that shape planetary surfaces. His research focuses on understanding how meteoritic impacts, volatiles accumulation, and space weathering affect the morphology of planetary landforms using statistics and physical models. As a member of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner radiometer team, Lior studies the link between terrain roughness, surface temperature, and the prevalence of volatiles trapped on the Moon.
BA Geology, Colorado College (2019).