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  Jonathan J Fortney

Jonathan J Fortney

Chair and Professor


831-426-3115 (Fax)


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Physical & Biological Sciences Division

Astronomy & Astrophysics Department

Chair and Professor


Earth & Planetary Sciences Department

Regular Faculty


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Center for Adaptive Optics

Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) 205

UCO / Lick Observatory

BS, Iowa State University, 1999
PhD, University of Arizona, 2004
National Research Council Fellow and Spitzer Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center, 2004-2007

Planetary Atmospheres
Planetary Interiors
Brown Dwarfs

I try to understand different kinds of planets as classes of astrophysical objects. I am interested in characterizing planets to better understand their composition and how they evolve with time. I am mostly a modeler and theorist and I work very closely with observers. My work involves studying the atmosphere, interior, and thermal evolution of planets at ages young and old, within the solar system and around other stars, and at distances near and far from their parent stars.

Planets, Stars, and Planetary and Stellar Systems

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