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Hamish Hay

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Planetary Interiors and Geophysics


Hamish Hay [he/him] graduated from the University of Arizona with a PhD in planetary sciences in May 2020. Originally from Scotland, UK, he has pursued a variety of topics in planetary science ever since his final year as a geophysics undergraduate at Imperial College London. His PhD dissertation focused on tidal heating of icy moon interiors, particularly within their subsurface oceans, where he developed his own geophysical fluid dynamics model to simulate tidal currents. At JPL, he will be further exploring the possible dynamical regimes of Europa’s ocean, and how these might impact the evolution of the moon’s ice shell and rotation. Outside of science, Hamish likes to go trail running, do woodworking, play the drums, and pet his cat.


  • Ph.D., Planetary Science – University of Arizona (2020)
  • MSc., Planetary Science – University of Arizona (2016)
  • MSci., Geophysics – Imperial College London (2014)

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Research Associate, University of Arizona (2014 – 2020)
  • Summer Research Student, Imperial College London (2011, 2012)
  • Conducted reviews for Icarus

Research Interests

  • Dynamical ocean-ice shell coupling in icy moons
  • Interior dynamics of terrestrial planets and icy moons
  • Tidal heating as a fundamental processes driving internal and orbital evolution of moon and planetary systems
  • Exoplanets

Selected Awards

  • Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award – University of Arizona (2019)
  • Research Scholarship Award – University of Arizona (2019)
  • NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship (2015-2018)

Selected Publications