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NExSS Organizational Structure

The NExSS project is overseen by representatives from NASA headquarters, four co-leads, and a steering committee comprised of the PIs of selected teams. See FAQs for detail information about membership.

 

NASA HQ representatives

Mary Voytek
Shawn Domagal-Goldman

 

Co-leads

Natalie Batalha, NASA/ARC
Dawn Gelino, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI)
Anthony Del Genio, NASA/GISS
Vikki Meadows, VPL/U.Washington 

 

NExSS Management Post-doctoral Fellow

Andrew Rushby, NASA/ARC

 

NPP Post-doctoral Fellows

Eva Bodman
Daniel Carrera

 

PIs and Current Teams

Mission to Young Earth 2.0
Vladimir Airapetian (PI), George Khazanov, William Danchi, Antti Pulkkinen, Maria Kuznetsova, Arcadi Usmanov, Chuanfei Dong, Erik Herbrard, Gary Zank, Kevin France, Alex Glocer, Guillaume Gronoff
Earths in Other Solar Systems (EOS): Toward Forming and Discovering Planets with Biocritical Ingredients
Daniel Apai (PI), Colette Salyk, Jeanne Davenport, Dante Minniti, David O'Brien, DeWayne Halfen, Fred Ciesla, Gijs Mulders, Ilaria Pascucci, Jinyoung Serena Kim, Joan Najita, Kate Su, Joshua Eisner, Krishna Muralidharan, Laird Close, Lori Allen, Lucy Ziurys, Matrayee Bose, Min Fang, Neville Woolf, Peter Williams, Phil Hinz, Renu Malhotra, Sandra Pizzarello, Tom Zega, Travis Barman, Benjamin Rackham, Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Andres Jordan, Edwin Bergin, Sebastian Krijt, Kevin Wagner
Rocky Planet Habitability: Insights from Solar System Climate Dynamics through Time
Anthony Del Genio (PI, co-lead), Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Caleb Scharf, Andrew Ackerman, Igor Aleinov, John Armstrong, Rory Barnes, Mark Bullock, Mark Chandler, Thomas Clune, David Grinspoon, Scott Guzewich, Maxwell Kelley, Nancy Kiang, Roxana Lupu, Mark Marley, Alexander Pavlov, Aki Roberge, Tyler Robinson, Gavin Schmidt, Linda Sohl, Christopher Stark, Kostas Tsigaridis, Michael Way, Avi Mandell, Michael McElwain, Rebecca Oppenheimer, Sean Solomon, Melissa Trainer, Ravi Kopparapu, Russell Dietrick, Christopher Colose
Exoplanetary Ecosystems: Exploring Life’s Detectability on Chemically Diverse Exoplanets
Steven Desch (PI), Mark Marley, Ariel Anbar, Hilairy Hartnett, Patrick Young, Sara Walker, Erik Asphaug, Hinsby Cadillo Quiroz, Natalie Hinkel, Allen McNamara, Susanne Neuer, Jenny Patience, Amisha Poret-Peterson, Dan Shim, Everett Shock, Christy Till, Mini Wadhwa, Misha Zolotov, Stephen Lehner, David Williams, Mike Pagano, Jason Raymond, Jim Eiser, Denton Ebel, Mark Ghiorso, Stephen Kane, Carey Lisse, Eric Mamajek, Sean Raymond, Maggie Turnbull, Paul Dijkstra, Vardan Adibekyan, Jade Bond, Joleen Carlberg, Elisa Delgado Mena, Vikki Meadows, Nuno Santos, Caroline Soubiran, Sergio Sousa
Forward and Inverse Modeling of Brown Dwarf Atmospheres
Jonathan Fortney (PI), Mark Marley, Michael Line, Caroline Morley, Y. Katherina Feng, Didier Saumon, Roxana Lupu
Exoplanets Unveiled: Formation, Evolution, and Prospects for Life
James Graham (PI), Paul Kalas, Eugene Chiang, Bruce Macintosh, Vanessa Bailey, Steve Beckwith, Megan Andsell, Jeffrey Chilcote, Ian Czekala, Becky Jensen-Clem, Eric Nielsen
Tidal Dynamics and Orbital Evolution of Terrestrial Class Exoplanets with Time-Varying Internal Melt Fractions
Wade Henning (PI), Terry Hurford, Avi Mandell, Soko Matsumura
Structure, Dynamics and Evolution of Planet-Forming Disk: Modeling the Inner Walls of Transitional Disks
Hannah Jang-Condell (PI), David Kasper, Dylan Kloster
Exploring Exoplanetary Exospheres: Extended Atmosphere Detection, Characterization, and Evolution in Exoplanets
Adam Jensen (PI), Seth Redfield, Michael Endl
The Virtual Planetary Laboratory
Vikki Meadows (PI), David Catling, Dorian AbbotEric Agol, Giada Arney, Rory Barnes, Ed Bolton, Russell Deitrick, Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Peter Gao, Jacob Haqq-Misra, Sonny Harman, Erika Harnett, Ben Johnson, Nancy Kiang, Josh Krissansen-Totton, Andrew Lincowski, Rodrigo Luger, Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, Niki Parenteau, Ray Pierrehumbert, Tom Quinn, Sarah Rugheimer, Eddie Schwieterman, Lucianne Walkowicz, Robin WordsworthBenjamin Charnay
The Living, Breathing Planet
William Moore (PI), Nicholas Heavens, Kunio Sayanagi, Jared Bell, Guillame P. Gronoff, Jeremy Drake, Ofer Cohen, Meredith K. Elrod, Mehdi Benna, Phil Arras, Daniel Weimer, Alex Glocer, Shannon Curry, Chris Parkinson, Cecilia Garaffo
The Planet-Forming Environment Close to Young Stars
Neal Turner (PI), Kees Dullemond, Mario Flock, Sebastien Fromang, Richard Nelson, Satoshi Okuzumi
Extending Spitzer to the Ground: A Novel Technique for Probing Exoplanetary Atmospheres
Jason Wright (PI), Ming Zhao
Plasma Environments of Unmagnetized Planets
David Brain (PI), Michael Chaffin
The Roles and Origins of Small-Scale Substructures in Protoplanetary Disks.
Sean Andrews (PI), Til Birnstiel, Cornelis Dullemond, Andrea Isella, Laura Perez, Zhaohuan Zhu, Jane Huang, Karin Oberg, David Wilner
Discovering and Characterizing Exoplanets with High-Contrast Spectroscopy.
Timothy Brandt (PI)
Discovery and Atmospheric Reconnaissance of the Most Spectroscopically Accessible Temperate Transiting Terrestrial Exoplanets.
David Charbonneau (PI), Jennifer Winters, Robin Wordsworth, Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Dimitar Sasselov, Jonathan Irwin, Jason Dittmann, Raphaelle Haywood, Hannah Diamond-Lowe
Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Planet Occurrence Rates: Extending the Kepler Legacy Across a Wide Stellar Parameter Space with K2.
Jessie Christiansen (PI), Courtney Dressing
CLEVER Planets (Cycles of Life Essential Volatile Elements in Rocky Planets).
Rajdeep Dasgupta (PI), Andrea Isella, Adrian Lenardic, Cin-Ty A. Lee, Laurence Yeung, Pedram Hassanzadeh, Raphaelle Haywood, Hilke Schlichting, Tom McCollom, Francis McCubbin, Aaron Burton, Christopher Johns-Krull, Bernard Marty, Alexander Smirnov
Assessing the Hallmarks of Migration and In Situ Formation in Multi-Exoplanet Systems.
Rebekah Dawson (PI), Sarah Morrison, Mariah MacDonald
Measuring Stellar Rotation with K2.
James Davenport (PI), Ruth Angus, Marcel Agueros, Kevin Covey, David Kipping
Exoplanetary Space Weather, Climate and Habitability: Consequences of Atmospheric Loss.
Chuanfei Dong (PI), Manasvi Lingam, Meng Jin, Yuni Lee, Stephen Bougher, Yingjuan Ma, Janet Luhmann, Joshua Winn, Fei Dai, Shannon Curry
Dynamical Evolution of Circumbinary Disks and Embedded Planets.
Nader Haghighipour (PI), Wilhelm Kley, Frederic Masset
Completing the Puzzle of Exoplanet Host Stars: Stellar Characterization in Support of TESS.
Stephen Kane (PI), Joshua Pepper, Greg Henry
Long-duration, precision stellar photometry from solar observatories in space.
Ralf Kotulla (PI)
Broadband, High-Resolution Frequency Comb Spectroscopy and Multi-Spectral Analysis of Water Vapor and Methane Absorption Up To 1300K For Improved Modeling of Exoplanet Atmospheres.
Greg Rieker (PI), Brian Drouin, Ryan Cole
Back and Forth, Big and Small: Forward and Inverse Models of Super-Earth and Mini-Neptune Exoplanets.
Tyler Robinson (PI)
Giant impacts: The formation and diversity of super-Earths.
Hilke Schlichting (PI)
Breaking the Barrier Between Ice and Rock – New Mass-Radius Relations for Gas Giant, Icy Giant, Mini-Neptune, and Water World Exoplanets.
Sang-Heon Shim (PI)
The effect of salt- and land-albedo feedback on the climate and habitability of M-dwarf planets.
Aomawa Shields (PI), Andrew Rushby
A Value-Added, Science-Enabling Catalog of Precise Stellar Properties for the TESS Mission.
Keivan Stassun (PI), Ryan Oelkers, Joshua Pepper
Developing Insights into Debris Disk Composition from Dust Scattering.
Alycia Weinberger (PI)
Upside-Down Biospheres and the Remote Detectability of Life on Reducing Planets.
Chris Reinhard (PI), Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Andy Ridgwell, Kazumi Ozaki, Giada Arney

Past Teams

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