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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?

Publications: 

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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