Julianne Moses

Senior Research Scientist
Seabrook, TX


Ph.D. Caltech, 1991
B.S. Cornell, 1985
Julianne I. Moses (Julie) is a senior research scientist at SSI. She received her undergraduate degree in physics from Cornell University in 1985 and her Ph.D. in planetary science and geophysics from the California Institute of Technology in 1991. She worked as an NRC Research Associate for two years at the NASA Ames Research Center before taking a staff scientist position in 1994 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. She remained at the LPI for almost sixteen years before joining the Space Science Institute in 2010. Her diverse research interests revolve around theoretical investigations of physical and chemical processes in planetary and satellite atmospheres, with a particular emphasis on giant-planet and extrasolar-planet chemistry, aerosol formation and dynamics, upper atmospheric structure, and atmosphere-surface interactions. Her current research focuses on the development of coupled thermochemical and photochemical kinetics and transport models for extrasolar planets -- these models are compared with exoplanet transit and eclipse observations to better understand the underlying mechanisms that control the diverse spectral behavior, atmospheric composition, bulk properties, and formation and evolution of these intriguing planets. She is also involved with modeling tropospheric chemistry and aerosol formation on Jupiter and Saturn, seasonal variations stratospheric composition on Uranus and Neptune, and the influx of dust and cometary material to the giant planets. She works out of her home office in Seabrook, TX.