Gal Sarid

Since late 2014, I have been a research scientist at the Florida Space Institute and an associate in the physics department's planetary science group, all part of the University of Central Florida. I spent two postdoctoral stints at the University of Hawaii (2009-2012) and Harvard University (2012-2014). While in Hawaii, I was affiliated with Institute for Astronomy, the Institute for Astronomy and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. I was employed in a major mission planning team (2010 Discovery mission round, led by Prof. K. Meech) to characterizing main-belt comets, as well as responsible for modeling of comet and asteroid earth-based and space-based observations. At Harvard's Earth & Planetary sciences department, as part of Prof. S. Stewart’s group, I lead numerical studies to simulate the outcomes of energetic impacts on both rocky and icy bodies and understand such phenomena as Mercury's formation and volatile retention on dwarf planets. Prior to that I completed my PhD at the Department of Geophysics & Planetary Sciences (now Geosciences), Tel Aviv University, with Prof. Dina Prialnik. My dissertation work involved developing a thermal and chemical evolution model for cometary body interiors.
I work on topics involving thermal and collisional evolution of planetary bodies (comets, asteroids and terrestrial planets) and early compositional evolution in the solar system. Most of my research focuses on relating thermo-physical, chemical and dynamical properties of various small body populations to their origin conditions and evolution pathways. The ultimate goal is to understand how planetary systems arrange themselves and promote habitable conditions. TBD