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 SciencesEarth 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 approximately round planets with atmospheres (otherwise there’s no point). His current activities include: (1) studying how Martian dust storms work; (2) developing fancy cloud modeling techniques for Mars; (3) understanding the role of atmospheric escape in the early history of Mars/Earth/Venus/Titan-like planets; (4) investigating the Earth’s climate 300 million years ago; and (5) baking with buckwheat. 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 and NASA. You can follow him on Twitter as @WeatherOnMars.