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Austin Green

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Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Planetary Interiors and Geophysics

JPL Postdoctoral Fellow


Austin obtained his B.S. in Geology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. While at the University of Maryland, Austin had the opportunity to undertake an internship studying the solar illumination of the Lunar South Pole at Johns-Hopkins APL, and complete a senior research thesis studying the thickness of the Europan Ice Shell, cementing his interest in the planetary sciences. Austin went on to Ph. D. studies at Washington State University, advised by Katie Cooper. There, Austin completed and published his undergraduate thesis work, as well as beginning new projects studying convergent tectonics in the Europan ice shell and catastrophic tectonic regime changes on Venus. He completed his dissertation “Modeling the Dynamics of Icy and Rocky Planetary Shells” and earned his Ph. D. in May 2022, and then was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow here at JPL, advised by Catherine Elder and Tom Nordheim.


Ph. D Geology from Washington State University (2022)

BS: Geology from University of Maryland, College Park (2013)

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow. JPL. 2022-Present.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant. Washington State University. 2015-2022.
  • Staff Scientist: Geophysics Lab. University of Maryland, College Park. 2013-2014.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant: Paleoclimate Lab. 2010-2013.
  • Summer Intern: Johns-Hopkins APL. 2010.

Research Interests

  • Icy Satellite Geodynamics
  • Icy Satellite Tectonics
  • Ice Physics and Rheology
  • Terrestrial Planetary Mantle Dynamics
  • Dynamic Evolution of Planetary Tectonic Regimes

Selected Publications

Green, A.P., Montesi, L.G.J., and Cooper, C.M., 2021. The growth of Europa’s icy shell: Convection and crystallization. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 126: e2020JE006677.


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