Morgan Saidel
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Morgan Saidel

Planetary Science Graduate Student

I'm a 3rd year planetary science graduate student and NSF Fellow at Caltech. My research interests include exoplanets and their atmospheres, as well as planet formation and evolution.

Research

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Escaping atmosphere. Image Credit:  Engine House VFX, At-Bristol Science Centre, University of Exeter.

Atmospheric Escape

I study escaping atmospheres on exoplanets in order to determine if a planet will lose a significant amount of its atmosphere over time. Understanding the amount of atmospheric loss happening on these worlds is crucial to understanding their evolution and predicting their formation.

Image Credit: Engine House VFX, At-Bristol Science Centre, University of Exeter.

Accretion Disk. Image Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech

Planet Formation

In my research I am currently exploring different formation and migration pathways of exoplanet systems and the dynamical interactions necessary to incite these migration pathways. I am also interested in studying signs of formation through accretion and circumplanetary disks.

Image Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech.

Jupiter Trojan. Image Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech

Jupiter Trojans

Using near-infrared spectroscopy, I study the surface composition of Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. The composition of these asteroids is indicative of their formation location, and may hold fundamental clues on the formation and evolution of the Outer Solar System.

Image Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech.

Intro to Exoplanets

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CV

You can view my CV here!

Contact Me

If you're interested in any of the research that I've done, or in planetary science and astronomy in general, feel free to send me a message. msaidel@caltech.edu