Macquarie University Planetary Research Centre

Macquarie University Planetary Research Centre

Macquarie University Planetary Research Centre - Astronomy and Astrophysics - Environmental Science - Earth Science - Engineering

The Macquarie University Planetary Research Centre is a collaboration between the Departments of Earth and Planetary Science, Physics and Astronomy, Environmental Sciences, and Engineering. The Centre brings together leading researchers in these areas to address fundamental problems in planetary science and exploration.

Our research strengths include:

  • Studies of the formation of planetary systems (Wardle)
  • Detection of and characterisation of exoplanets (Schwab)
  • Interaction between planets and stars (De Marco)
  • Modelling planetary evolution and internal structure (O’Neill, Afonso, Zhang)
  • Acquisition and processing of remote planetary datasets (O’Neill, Afonso, Chang)
  • Geochemistry, cosmochemistry and microstructures of meteorites and planetary bodies (Schaefer, Rushmer, Turner, Piazolo)
  • High pressure experiments under planetary interior conditions (Clark, Rushmer, Foley, Maynard-Casey (Adjunct, ANSTO))
  • Rheology and phase behaviour of ices in the outer solar system (Piazolo, Maynard-Casey)
  • The evolution and detection of microbial life throughout Earth’s history, and on planetary surfaces (George, Kennedy)
  • Engineering communications systems, power management, and robotics (Heimlich, Inglis)
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