Dr. Carol Paty

Exploring the Ice Giants: Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Carol Paty is a planetary and space physicist specializing in studying moon-magnetosphere interactions and icy moon interiors with simulations and spacecraft observations. She is a co-investigator on NASA’s Europa Clipper mission and actively developing new mission strategies to explore the Neptune-Triton system as part of the Trident mission team. She currently sits on the steering committee of the Outer Planets Assessment Group and is also serving on a National Academies panel for the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey. She has an appointment in the Clark Honors College where she worked on the recent curriculum revision and implementation, and her research home is in the Earth Sciences department of the University of Oregon where she teaches and mentors students in planetary science.

Prior to arriving at the University of Oregon, she spent 10 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences developing a planetary sciences focus and the Center for Space Technology and Research which bridged space research interests between the College of Science and College of Engineering. Her postdoc was spent working with the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer team while at the Southwest Research Institute

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