UCLA faculty study the dynamics and physical properties of the interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres of Earth, planets, moons, and other solar system objects. We investigate the convective motions in planetary mantles and cores, the links between the microscopic-scale structure of minerals and planetary scale processes, models of plate dynamics at a range of scales, and the atmospheric, surface, and interior processes in the solar system as revealed by spacecraft missions and ground-based telescopes.

Faculty in Planetary Science

Jonathan Aurnou Professor
Mackenzie Day Assistant Professor (starting July 1, 2018)
David Jewitt Professor
Abby Kavner Professor
Margaret Kivelson Professor Emerita
Jean-Luc Margot Professor & Chair
Jonathan Mitchell Associate Professor
William Newman Professor
David Paige Professor
Christopher Russell Professor
Hilke Schlichting Associate Professor
Gerald Schubert Professor Emeritus
Marco Velli Professor