In Fall 2020, I will begin my PhD in Planetary Science at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science at MIT advised by Dr. Taylor Perron studying the weird and wonderful surface morphology on Titan.

In spring 2018, I completed my BS in Geophysics with a specialization in space physics at UCLA’s department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. At UCLA, I have worked on modelling lunar evolution through trace element analysis of extraterrestrial basalts. This work was debuted at the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference and has continued at NASA (JSC) under the guidance of Dr. Jeremy Boyce. I have also worked at the Southwest Research Institute under Dr. Timothy Howard studying the mysterious fate of disappearing filament plasma in coronal mass ejections once they have left the surface of the sun. This work was published in the Astrophysical Journal in 2017.

As an undergraduate, I completed an honors thesis concerning interplanetary dust interactions in the solar wind under Dr. Christopher Russell. I have continued this work in my current position as a Research Associate I.

I also curate the science blog Hapless Pigeon that discusses topics in planetary science and space physics.

If you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you at ugschneck@gmail.com