Katherine de Kleer

Postdoctoral Scholar | Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences | Caltech

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dekleer[at]caltech[dot]edu dekleer[at]mit[dot]edu

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1200 E California Blvd
California Institute of Technology, M/C 150-21
Pasadena, CA 91125


169D South Mudd
Katherine de Kleer is a 51 Pegasi b postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. In July 2019 she will be joining the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences faculty at MIT. Katherine is interested in dynamic planetary processes and how they relate to the surface environments, atmospheres, and thermochemical histories of planets and satellites. Her research focuses on characterizing these processes through the application of powerful statistical methods to boundary-pushing telescope observations at optical through radio wavelengths. Her work to date has focused on topics including the atmospheric composition and global circulation of Uranus, Neptune, and Jupiter; the volcanism, atmosphere, and tidal heating of Io; and the sub-surface material properties of Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede.

Research Interests

  • Dynamic processes in the solar system: atmospheric circulation and weather; geological activity; neutral and plasma environments
  • Planetary atmospheres: ice giant atmospheres; radiative transfer modeling; Io's volcanic atmosphere
  • Planetary & satellite surfaces: composition and material properties, as a tracer of past evolution and ongoing exogenic and endogenic processes
  • Tidal heating as it relates to Io's volcanism and the habitability of icy moons and exoplanets
  • Volcanism: on Io and Earth; as a source of crustal and atmospheric material in the early solar system; on magma exoplanets
  • Astrobiology: Europa, Enceladus, and detection of geological and biological signatures on extrasolar planets
  • Student and Postdoc Opportunities

    The de Kleer group will be accepting graduate students and postdocs at MIT beginning in Fall 2019 to work on topics including gas/ice giant planets, satellites, and small bodies. Prospective graduate students should apply through the MIT EAPS Department. Prospective postdocs should apply through the Job Listing at Academic Jobs Online.