David Dave Brain
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies


D133 (Duane), N246 (SPSC)

I am interested in how atmospheres evolve, and especially in transitions to and from habitable states. I use tool such as spacecraft measurements (e.g. CU's MAVEN mission to Mars) to figure out how much atmosphere escapes to space, and comparisons between computer simulations and data. I think about: how the Sun and solar wind energizes upper atmospheres, plasma processes on Mars, whether magnetic fields are essential for surface habitability on planets in our solar system and beyond, and how asteroid and comet impacts change atmospheres. But I can be tempted into thinking about other interesting problems as well...

Selected Recent Publications