Nicholas (“Nick”) G. Heavens is Research Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then received a B.S. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago. He then went on to graduate school at Caltech in Pasadena, California, where he received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science . After receiving his Ph.D., he moved to Ithaca, New York to be a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. In 2012, he moved to Hampton University.
Nick works at the intersection of planetary science, meteorology, and historical geology. He studies the role of aerosols and clouds in the weather and climate of planets ranging in size from Mars to Jupiter. He also helps reconstruct past aerosol activity from Earth’s geological record. Most of all, he wants to be able to forecast Martian dust storms. He is on the board of STEPPE, an organization that promotes study of the Earth’s ancient sedimentary crust. He gratefully acknowledges funding from NSF, JPL, and NASA. You can follow him on Twitter as @WeatherOnMars.