Published: Dec. 7, 2023

From Dec. 11 to 15, tens of thousands of people from more than 100 countries will gather in San Francisco for the 2023 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Scientists from across CU Boulder will attend the event to share their research about the search for life on Mars, small satellites viewing distant planets, how beavers transform landscapes, the fate of Antarctic ice sheets and more.

Check out new research findings, or learn more about our experts in earth and planetary sciences.

For attendees

CIRES highlights at AGU

See research from scientists at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) about glaciers, water and climate, air quality and more.

LASP highlights at AGU

See research from scientists at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) about the solar wind, Mars, exoplanet atmospheres, astrobiology and more.

Faculty experts

Faculty experts from CU Boulder are available to discuss topics from melting ice sheets to the search for life on Mars. To arrange an interview, contact CU Boulder media relations at

Space & Planetary Science

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Fran Bagenal

Senior Research Scientist, LASP; Professor Emerita Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
Expertise: Outer solar system, co-investigator for New Horizons mission to Pluto and Juno mission to Jupiter

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Dan Baker

Director, LASP; Professor, Physics and Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
Expertise: Space physics, space weather, spacecraft instrumental design

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Lauren Blum

Assistant Professor, LASP, Astophysical & Planetary Sciences
Expertise: Solar physics and impacts on planetary atmosphere, field measurements from satellites, balloons and ground stations

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David Brain

Professor, LASP, Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
Expertise: Atmospheres and plasma environments of rocky planets, including Mars, Venus and exoplanets.

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Kevin France

Asssociate Professor, LASP, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Expertise: Space-based astrophysics, formation and evolution of exoplanetary systems
*France will participate in a media availability Monday, Dec. 11 to discuss results from the CUTE mission

Brian Hynek

Brian Hynek

Professor, LASP, Geological Sciences
Expertise: Astrobiology, geologic, hydrologic and climatic history of Mars, modern Earth analogs for early Mars

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Delores Knipp

Research Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Expertise: Space weather, solar storms and impacts on Earth

Earth & Climate Science


Pedro DiNezio

Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Expertise: El Niño and La Niña, impacts of global climate fluctuations

Joost de Gouw

Joost de Gouw

Professor, Department of Chemistry; Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) 
​Expertise: Air quality

Anne Jennings

Anne Jennings

Senior Research Associate, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
​Expertise: Paleoclimate and ice sheet

Jianghanyang Li

Jianghanyang (Ben) Li

Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Fellow, INSTAAR
​Expertise: Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere

Nikki Lovenduski

Nicole Lovenduski

Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences; Interim Director, INSTAAR
​Expertise: Marine carbon cycle, ocean climate variability and change

Merritt Turetsky

Merritt Turetsky

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Fellow, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) 
Expertise: Climate change's impacts on carbon and nutrient cycling, permafrost thaw in the Arctic