Samantha Trumbo

51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow

Cornell University

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One of the great surprises to come from spacecraft exploration has been the dynamic nature and diversity of several bodies in the outer Solar System—from volcanic Io to the icy "ocean worlds" to the largest Kuiper Belt objects—which have proven to be planet-like worlds in their own right. My work focuses on building a deeper understanding of these places by characterizing the chemical and physical processes underlying their unique environments. I use an assortment of ground- and space-based telescopes, in combination with spacecraft data and modeling techniques, with the ultimate goal of addressing fundamental questions ranging from the nature and distribution of habitability beyond Earth to the chemical conditions of the early Solar System.