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Mathieu Lapotre

Prof. Mathieu Lapôtre CV

  • BS Geophysics, Université de Strasbourg, 2009
  • MS Environmental Science & Engineering, Université de Strasbourg, 2011
  • Diplôme d'Ingénieur (MS) Geophysical Engineering, Ecole & Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre, 2011
  • MS Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, 2014
  • PhD Geology, California Institute of Technology, 2017
  • John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow, Harvard University, 2017-2019
  • Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, Stanford, 2019-present

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.


Lior Rubanenko

Lior Rubanenko (joining Feb. 2020)

  • BS Geophysics & Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University, 2012
  • MS Planetary Science, Weizman Institute of Science, 2015
  • PhD Geophysics & Space Physics, UCLA, expected 2020

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.