Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Christopher Parkinson
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Christopher Parkinson

Associate Research Scientist

Phone: (734) 647-3540
Fax: (734) 647-3083
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Ph.D., M.Sc., Earth and Space Science, York University, Toronto

H.B.Sc., Science, York University, Toronto


Hydrodynamic escape from planetary atmospheres; photochemistry in extrasolar gas giant planetary atmospheres

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic escape from planetary atmospheres, with emphasis on extrasolar gas giants, Titan, and the early Earth, Mars and Venus
  • Enhanced chemistry and transport in the polar mesosphere of Jupiter and mesosphere of Saturn using evidence from the helium airglow observed by Cassini
  • Photochemistry in extrasolar gas giant planetary atmospheres
  • Astrobiology and microphysical cloud modeling with the Virtual Planetary Laboratory at JPL

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • Poste Rouge, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
  • Bourse Postdoctorale Chateaubriand,Paris
  • Visiting Lecture Fellowship,I.A.S., Paris
  • NSERC Visiting Fellow at a government laboratory, Toronto

Professional Service

  • American Astronomical Society (AAS), Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Updated: 2016-10-21