Introducing Julie Rathbun

Julie Rathbun is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and a professor of Physics at the University of Redlands. She received her BS in Physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, the first in her family to receive a college degree. Her PhD is in Astronomy from Cornell University where she focused on planetary science and surface heat flow processes. While she never used a research-class telescope during her Phd program, she has since used NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea to study active volcanoes on Io, a moon of Jupiter. Julie has also used data from Galileo, Voyager, Cassini, and New Horizons in her quest to understand how Io’s volcanoes work. Her favorite volcano (and the one she has studied most extensively) is Loki Patera, the largest volcano in the Solar System. While Io is her first love, she’s also interested heat flow on other satellites, particularly Europa and Enceladus.

She is currently on sabbatical from the University of Redlands, so is not teaching this semester. But, when teaching, you can find her teaching upper level physics classes and introductory classes for non-majors. She has developed two new courses for non-science major students: Physics of Disneyland and Cosmorphology: Geology and Art, the later she co-teaches with Monica Aiello, professional artist at Eurekus in Denver, CO. She normally tweets at @LokiVolcano.