Peter Buhler, Planetary Scientist


I am Peter Buhler, a Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. My current work focuses on the co-evolution of Mars’ atmospheric pressure and Mars’ massive south polar CO2 ice deposit. Mars’ atmospheric pressure evolution is a main driver of its climate and prospects for habitability. More broadly, I study how solar systems and habitable environments develop and evolve by observing and modeling processes across a wide range of planetary contexts, from core formation in Hot Jupiters around other stars, to 310 million year-old xiphosurans (horseshoe crabs), the development of extremophile habitats in the salt playas of Chile, Mars’ ancient climate as revealed through its paleo-lakes, and probing Pluto’s heat flow as manifested through N2 ice convection on its surface. Feel free to contact me to learn more!

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