Dr. Stephanie Olson
PHaB Lab PI
Stephanie joined the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue as an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science in August 2020. Before coming to Purdue, Stephanie was a T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago (2018-20). She completed her PhD at the University of California, Riverside (2018) as a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute's Alternative Earths Team. She also holds an MS in Geoscience from Pennsylvania State University (2013) and a BS in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Minnesota (2011) where she played baritone as a member of the Pride of Minnesota marching band. Stephanie enjoys board games, karaoke, and reading mystery novels.
Olivia, a UChicago undergraduate in Physics, worked with PI Olson to explore the emergence of Gaian feedbacks and their resilience against perturbation. She found that stabilizing climate feedbacks can develop from randomness within biological systems--and these feedbacks can sustain habitability in the face of external climate disruptions. Her study was published in MNRAS and can be found here.
Andrea worked with PI Olson as an undergraduate in Physics at UChicago to simulate ocean dynamics and nutrient recycling potential on tidally locked planets orbiting M stars for several continentality scenarios. She found that even if a continent obscures a large portion of the dayside ocean, tidally locked planets may still be good hosts for photosynthetic marine life! Her study was published in ApJL and can be found here. Andrea is now a PhD student in Earth and Planetary Science at Harvard University.
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