Steven A. Hauck, II



Planetary Geodynamics

Office: 222 A.W. Smith
Phone: (216) 368-3675



Washington University (2001)
Washington University (1998)
University of Minnesota (1996)


Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral Associate

Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University
Carnegie Institution of Washington

2015 - Present
2009 - 2015
2003 - 2009
2001 - 2003

  Research Interests:

I study the evolution of interiors and surfaces of planetary bodies, including the Earth. Principally this involves computational studies of the mechanics of lithospheres and the heat transport and dynamics of mantles of solid planets and satellites. I also analyze data returned from planetary missions such as Mars Global Surveyor and the Magellan mission to address these types of problems from an observational viewpoint.

Currently, as a Participating Scientist on the MESSENGER Mission to Mercury analyze the data collected to constrain the planet's internal history, structure, and origin of magnetic field. We have also been investigating potential mechanisms for generating magnetic fields in small planetary bodies such as Ganymede and Mercury as well as their internal evolution, including testing the case for "iron snow" forming near the core mantle boundary. We are also studying the tectonic histories of planets and moons as recorded in their impact basins and volcanic provinces.

  Postdoctoral, Graduate and Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I am always looking for curious and capable students (undergraduate and graduate) with backgrounds and interests in science, math or engineering to join my research program. Current opportunities exist for students interested in investigating the geophysical and tectonic evolution of Mercury with data from MESSENGER. Please contact me to discuss these and other current opportunities.

  More Information:

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