Robert A. Marcus



Contact Information


Harvard University
60 Garden Street, MS-10
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: (617) 495-9603
Email: rmarcus [at] cfa.harvard.edu
WWW: http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~rmarcus/
Earth Impact Effects Program


Education


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ph.D., expected 2011
A.M., Astronomy, June 2008

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
B.S., Physics/Astronomy, June 2006

Research Interests


Planet formation, collisional processes, collisional history of the solar system, structure of Super-Earths, planet-disk interactions, computational hydrodynamics.

Research Experience


Graduate Research Assistant, Harvard University 2006-present
Advisors: Lars Hernquist and Dimitar Sasselov

Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona Physics Department, 2005-2006
Advisor: Dimitrios Psaltis

REU Intern, University of Washington Physics Department, Summer 2005
Advisor: Tom Quinn

Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona Astronomy Department, 2004-2006
Advisor: Dave Arnett

NASA Space Grant Intern, University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab, 2003-2004
Advisor: Jay Melosh


Teaching Experience


Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Astronomy 151: Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, Spring 2010

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Astronomy 201a: Stellar and Planetary Astrophysics, Fall 2008

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Science A-54: Life as a Planetary Phenomenon, Spring 2008

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Science A-47: Cosmic Connections, Fall 2007

Service and Outreach


Judge, Massachusetts Region IV Science Fair, 2010

Graduate Admissions Committee, Harvard Astronomy Department, 2009-2010

Project ASTRO, Volunteer Astronomer, 2007-2008

Guest Lectures, Somerville High School, 2006-2007

Guest, BBC Science in Action (radio program), April 2004


Honors and Awards


Oustanding Senior, Astronomy Department, University of Arizona, 2006

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2005

George Gregson Science Scholarship, 2005-2006

Glenn C Purviance Scholarship, 2004-2005

UA Provost Scholarship, 2002-2006


Publications


IDENTIFYING COLLISIONAL FAMILIES IN THE KUIPER BELT, R.A. Marcus, D. Ragozzine, R.A. Murray-Clay, M.J. Holman. ApJ, Accepted.

WATER/ICY SUPER-EARTHS: GIANT IMPACTS AND MAXIMUM WATER CONTENT, R.A. Marcus, D. Sasselov, S.T. Stewart, and L. Hernquist. ApJL, 719, L45-L49, 2010. (arXiv:1007.3212)

THE FORMATION OF THE COLLISIONAL FAMILY AROUND THE DWARF PLANET HAUMEA, Z.M. Leinhardt, R.A. Marcus, and S.T. Stewart. ApJ, 714, 1789-1799, 2010 (arXiv:1003.5822)

MINIMUM RADII OF SUPER-EARTHS: CONSTRAINTS FROM GIANT IMPACTS, R.A. Marcus, D. Sasselov, L. Hernquist, and S.T. Stewart. ApJL, 712, L73-L76, 2010 (arXiv:1003.0451)

COLLISIONAL STRIPPING AND DISRUPTION OF SUPER-EARTHS, R.A. Marcus, S.T. Stewart, D. Sasselov, L. Hernquist. ApJL, 700, L118-L122, 2009 (arXiv:0907.0234)

EARTH IMPACT EFFECTS PROGRAM: A WEB-BASED COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CALCULATING THE REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES OF A METEOROID IMPACT ON EARTH, G.S. Collins, H.J. Melosh, and R.A. Marcus. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 40, 817-840, 2005


Conference Contributions and Talks


Theoretical Astrophysics Center Seminar, UC Berkeley, November 8 2010 (invited)

Planetary Science Seminar, Caltech, October 12 2010.

Astronomy FLASH Seminar, UC Santa Cruz, October 1 2010.

THE IMPLICATIONS OF GIANT IMPACTS IN SUPER-EARTH FORMATION AND INTERNAL STRUCTURE, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg Germany, July 13 2010.

PROSPECTS OF IDENTIFYING COLLISIONAL FAMILIES IN THE KUIPER BELT, R.A. Marcus, D. Ragozzine, R. Murray-Clay, M. Holman. Dynamical and Physical Properties of Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNO 2010), June 2010. (contributed talk)

COLLISIONAL DISRUPTION OF SUPER-EARTHS, R.A. Marcus, S.T. Stewart, D. Sasselov, L. Hernquist. American Astronomical Society, DDA meeting #40, May 2009. (contributed talk)

SPH SIMULATIONS OF PLANETARY-SCALE IMPACTS, R.A. Marcus, S.T. Stewart, J.A. Barranco, L. Hernquist, D. Sasselov. Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution IV, August 2008. (poster)

WEB-BASED PROGRAM FOR CALCULATING EFFECTS OF AN EARTH IMPACT, R. Marcus, H.J. Melosh, G. Collins. 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2004. (poster)