Steven Hauck is a Professor of Planetary Geodynamics at Case Western Reserve University. He studies the evolution of interiors and surfaces of planetary bodies, including the Earth. Principally this involves computational studies of the mechanics of lithospheres and the heat transport and dynamics of mantles of solid planets and satellites. He also analyzes data returned from planetary missions such as Mars Global Surveyor and the Magellan mission to address these types of problems from an observational viewpoint.
Currently, Hauck is a Participating Scientist on the MESSENGER Mission to Mercury analyze the data collected to constrain the planet’s internal history, structure, and origin of magnetic field. He has also investigated potential mechanisms for generating magnetic fields in small planetary bodies such as Ganymede and Mercury, as well as their internal evolution, including testing the case for “iron snow” forming near the core mantle boundary. He also studies the tectonic histories of planets and moons as recorded in their impact basins and volcanic provinces.
2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of what has become one of the primary venues for the publication of research in planetary science: the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. This occasion is a good opportunity to look back at what we have learned in this era of expanded exploration and to try to take a peek at the future.