Ramses Ramirez

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Assistant Professor

Department of Physics

PSB 106




I am motivated by answering the age-old question, “Are we alone in the universe?” To this end, my research group models the planetary atmospheres of potentially habitable terrestrial planets both within and outside our solar system. We also test and improve observational predictions against the theories and hypotheses inferred from our atmospheric models. I expect major advances in the coming years, including atmospheric observations of terrestrial exoplanets orbiting main-sequence stars and a search for life on worlds such as Mars and Titan. Our work combines several disciplines, including atmospheric science, astronomy, physics, geology, and biology. Recent work has focused on Mars paleoclimate, expanding and improving definitions of the habitable zone, atmospheric escape processes, and atmospheric-magma ocean evolution.

Planetary atmospheres Exoplanetary and solar system planetary habitability Mars paleoclimate Habitable zone design The intersection of biology and planetary habitability

Authors Title Published Date Journal
Deitrick, Russell; Haqq-Misra, Jacob; Kadoya, Shintaro; and 4 coauthors Functionality of Ice Line Latitudinal EBM Tenacity (FILLET). Protocol Version 1.0. A CUISINES Intercomparison Project Feb 2023 The Planetary Science Journal 4, 39
Bonati, I.; Ramirez, R. M. The influence of surface CO2 condensation on the evolution of warm and cold rocky planets orbiting Sun-like stars Jun 2021 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 504, 1029