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Dr. David OBrien

Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Tucson, AZ
obrien [at] psi.edu
Areas of Expertise
Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Small satellites, Vesta | Dawn | Remote sensing, Numerical modeling, Astrobiology

Research Interests

Dr. David O'Brien works on planet formation and the evolution of the early Solar System, collisional and dynamical evolution of asteroids and small bodies, thermal modeling of geophysical phenomena, and icy satellite geophysics.

Professional History

Dr. O'Brien earned his Bachelors of Science in Applied Physics from Cornell University nin 1998. He then received his Ph.D. in Planetary Science at the University of Arizona in 2004. Before joining PSI in 2006, he was a Poincare Fellow at the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, Nice, France.

Honors and Awards

Minor Planet 21774 O'Brien
2006, NASA Fellowship for Early Career Researchers
2000, NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship
2002, U of A Planetary Sciences Department Graduate Teaching Excellence Award

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