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    Peter E. Driscoll, Ph.D.

    Planetary Interiors and Evolution Postdoctoral Fellow

    University of Washington

    Department of Astronomy

    Box 351580

    Seattle, WA 98195

    Office: (206) 543-0777

    Email: ped13 at

    Research Interests:  Planetary interiors, dynamos, magnetic field reversals, thermal history of Earth and planets, climate-tectonic-carbon cycling, inner core growth, planetary atmospheres and aeronomy.


    Ph.D., Earth & Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, May 2010

    M.A., Earth & Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, May 2008

    M.S., Physics, San Francisco State University, July 2006

    B.S., Physics & Astronomy, Dickinson College, May 2003


    NASA Postdoctoral Researcher, NAI Virtual Planetary Laboratory, University of Washington, 2013-present

    NSF FESD Postdoctoral Researcher, Yale University, 2012-2013

    Bateman Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, 2010-2012

    NSF Graduate Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University, 2006-2010

    Graduate Teaching Associate, Johns Hopkins University, Spring 2008

    NASA/NSF Graduate Research Associate, California Planet Search, San Francisco State U., 2003-2006

    Graduate Teaching Associate, San Francisco State University, 2003-2006

    Education Associates Internship, NASA Ames Research Center, Summer 2002

    Teaching Assistant & Laboratory Consultant, Dickinson College, 2001-2002

    NSF Summer Internship, Scitefair International, Inc., Summers 2000-2001

    Research Talks/Conference Participation:     (‡Invited Talk, †Talk, #Session convener, *Poster)

    American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, December 2007 *; 2008 *; 2009 *,†; 2010 *,‡; 2011 #,#; 2012 *,*; 2013 ‡,*

    University of Washington, Department of Astronomy, Colloquium, October 2013

    University of Washington, Astrobiology Seminar, October 2013

    International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, Merida, Mexico, 2013 

    Tokyo Institute of Technology, Earth Life Science Institute Symposium, Tokyo, Japan, March 2013 

    Yale University, Geology & Geophysics Colloquium, New Haven, CT, February 2013 

    Harvard University, Earth and Planetary Science Seminar, Cambridge, MA, February 2013

    Princeton University, Dept. of Geosciences Seminar, Princeton, NJ, September 2012

    Oxford University, Dept. of Earth Sciences Oxford, UK, July 2012

    Study of Earth’s Deep Interior, Santa Barbara, CA, July 2010 * ; Leeds, UK, July 2012 *

    University of Toronto, Physics Dept., Toronto, ON, June 2012

    University of British Columbia, Dept. Earth, Ocean, and Atm. Science, Vancouver, BC, February 2012

    European Geophysical Union, Vienna, Austria, April 2010 *,‡ ; 2012

    Division for Planetary Sciences/European Planetary Sciences Conference, Nantes, FR, October 2011

    Universite de Nantes, Laboratoire de Planetologie et Geodynamique, Nantes, FR, October 2011

    American Astronomical Society, San Diego, CA, January 2005 *; Washington, DC, January 2006 *; 2010 *

    Gordon Conference: Interior of the Earth, South Hadley, MA, June 2009 *

    Turbulence Conference, Baltimore, MD, June 2008 *

    Les Houches: Dynamo Summer School, Les Houches, France, Summer 2007 *

    Michelson Summer Workshop: Astrometry, Pasadena, CA, July 2005 *


    Planetary Habitability, Guest Lecturer, University of Washington, Fall 2013; Early Earth Seminar, Co-Organizer, Yale University, Spring 2013; Life in the Universe, Guest Lecturer, Yale University, Fall 2011; Habitable Planets Seminar, Co-Organizer, Yale University, 2010-2011; Natural Catastrophes, Assistant, Johns Hopkins University, Spring 2008; Physical Sciences, Guest Lecturer, Johns Hopkins School of Education, Spring 2007; Introductory Astronomy Lab, Instructor, San Francisco State University, 2004-2006; Introductory Physics Lab, Instructor, San Francisco State University, Fall 2003; Workshop Physics, Assistant, Dickinson College, 2002-2003


    Yale Bateman Postdoctoral Associate, 2010 NASA Ames Honor Award, Summer 2002

    NASA Ames Education Associate, Summer 2002 SciTech Scholarship  (PHEAA), 2002-2003

    Goldie Kunkle Beal Scholarship, 2002-2003 Dickinson College Grant, 1999-2003