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Carver Bierson

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Post Doctoral Scholars, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
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My research spans the solar system trying to use simple models to get the most physical insight out of the data we have. I try to understand the big picture of how worlds form, what makes them distinct, and what has guided their evolution.

Currently I am mostly focused on the small worlds of the solar system. How did the Kuiper belt objects form and what are their interiors like? Why do Jupiter's large satellites have such a large range in compositions? What can we learn about 16 Psyche from thermal data?


Explaining the Galilean Satellites’ Density Gradient by Hydrodynamic Escape
Carver J. Bierson and Francis Nimmo (2020)
The Astrophysical Journal Letters, DOI:10.3847/2041-8213/aba11a

Evidence for a hot start and early ocean formation on Pluto
Carver J. Bierson, Francis Nimmo, S. Alan Stern (2020)
Nature Geoscience, DOI:10.1038/s41561-020-0595-0

Chemical cycling in the Venusian atmosphere: A full photochemical model from the surface to 110 km
Carver J. Bierson, Xi Zhang (2020)
JGR:Planets, DOI:10.1029/2019JE006159

Using the density of Kuiper Belt Objects to constrain their composition and formation history
Carver J. Bierson, Francis Nimmo (2019)
Icarus, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2019.01.027

Implications of the observed Pluto–Charon density contrast
Bierson, C. J. Nimmo, F. McKinnon, W. B. (2018)
Icarus, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2018.03.007

Interactions between complex craters and the lunar crust: Analysis using GRAIL data
CJ Bierson, Roger J Phillips, Francis Nimmo, Jonathan Besserer, Colleen Milbury, James T Keane, Jason M Soderblom, Maria T Zuber (2016)
Icarus, DOI:10.1002/2016JE005090

A test for Io's magma ocean: Modeling tidal dissipation with a partially molten mantle
CJ Bierson, F Nimmo (2016)
Icarus, DOI:10.1002/2016JE005005

Stratigraphy and evolution of the buried CO2 deposit in the Martian south polar cap
CJ Bierson, RJ Phillips, IB Smith, SE Wood, NE Putzig, D Nunes, S Byrne (2016)
Icarus, DOI:10.1002/2016GL068457

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