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steve.desch@asu.edu

Professor
School Of Earth & Space Explor
Faculty
Mail Code: 6004

PSF 636 (Map)
(480)965-7742

Bio

Steve Desch is a theoretical astrophysicist who models the formation and evolution of solar systems and planets. His modeling draws on his expertise in magnetohydrodynamics, radiative transfer, dust microphysics, meteoritics, and other astrophysics, as well as numerical computing. His research interests include: chondrule formation; origin of the Solar System's short-lived radionuclides; star formation and protoplanetary disk evolution; astromineralogy; and cryovolcanism on dwarf planets like Ceres and Charon. He is PI of the five-year Nexus for Exoplanet System Science grant from NASA to ASU. Steve Desch is the 2003 recipient of the Meteoritical Society's Alfred O. Nier Prize.

Courses

Fall 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 494 Special Topics
AST 499 Individualized Instruction
AST 521 Stars and Interstellar Medium
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation

Summer 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 592 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation

Spring 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 494 Special Topics
AST 592 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
SES 122 Earth/Solar System/Universe II
SES 124 Earth/Solar Sys/Universe Lb II

Fall 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 493 Honors Thesis
AST 498 Pro-Seminar
AST 499 Individualized Instruction
AST 591 Seminar
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
SES 121 Earth/Solar System/Universe I
SES 123 Earth,Solar Sys,Universe Lab I

Summer 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 792 Research
GLG 592 Research

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 492 Honors Directed Study
AST 498 Pro-Seminar
AST 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
SES 122 Earth/Solar System/Universe II
SES 124 Earth/Solar Sys/Universe Lb II

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 521 Stars and Interstellar Medium

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 494 Special Topics
AST 498 Pro-Seminar
AST 591 Seminar
SES 122 Earth/Solar System/Universe II
SES 124 Earth/Solar Sys/Universe Lb II

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
SES 121 Earth/Solar System/Universe I
SES 123 Earth,Solar Sys,Universe Lab I

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 494 Special Topics
AST 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
AST 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
SES 122 Earth/Solar System/Universe II
SES 124 Earth/Solar Sys/Universe Lb II

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 494 Special Topics
AST 521 Stars and Interstellar Medium
AST 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
AST 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 484 Internship

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AST 494 Special Topics
AST 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
SES 102 Earth/Solar System/Universe II
SES 104 Earth/Solar Sys/Universe Lb II

Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Desch,Steven * . Interaction of Planetary Protoatmospheres with Disk Gas. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017).
  2. Desch,Steven * . Astrobiology at the Water-Rock Interface and Beyond - Year 2. JPL (8/10/2016 - 8/10/2017).
  3. Buseck,P R * , Buseck,P R * , Anbar,Ariel David , Anbar,Ariel David , Desch,Steven , Elkins-Tanton,Linda , Leinenweber,Kurt D , Romaniello,Stephen Justin , Shim,Sang-Heon , Wu,Jun , . Water From the Heavens: The Origins of Earths Hydrogen (ASUF 30006933). ASUF (1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018).
  4. Desch,Steven * . Planetary Redox Revolutions Workshop Without Walls and NExSS Winter School. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016).
  5. Desch,Steven * . ICY WORLDS: Astrobiology at the Rock-Water Interface and Beyond. JPL (7/17/2015 - 7/16/2016).
  6. Desch,Steven * . Constraining the Origin of Jupiter's Trojans by In Situ Measurement of Volatiles Minerals and Ices. CA INST OF TECHNOLOGY (5/1/2015 - 6/1/2016).
  7. Desch,Steven * . Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of Solar Nebula Magnetic Fields. MIT (3/31/2015 - 3/30/2018).
  8. Desch,Steven * , Anbar,Ariel David , Anbar,Ariel David , Asphaug,Erik , Cadillo-Quiroz,Hinsby , Elser,James Joseph , Hartnett,Hilairy , Hartnett,Hilairy , Mcnamara,Allen Kieth , Neuer,Susanne , Patience,Jennifer Lynn , Poret-Peterson,Amisha T , Shim,Sang-Heon , Shock,Everett , Shock,Everett , Till,Christy B , Wadhwa,Meenakshi , Walker,Sara , Young,Patrick , Zolotov,Mikhail , . Exoplanetary Ecosystems: Exploring Life's Detectability on Chemically Diverse Exoplanets. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (12/31/2014 - 12/30/2019).
  9. Desch,Steven * . Coupling Geochemistry to Geophysics in Dwarf Planet Evolution Models. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (9/1/2014 - 8/31/2016).
  10. Desch,Steven * . Coupling Geochemistry to Geophysics in Dwarf Planet Evolution Models. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (8/28/2014 - 8/27/2017).
  11. Desch,Steven * . Chondrule formation in solar nebula shocks: Probing the conditions during chondrule formation and the sources of shocks. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (3/29/2010 - 6/30/2014).
  12. Desch,Steven * Timmes,Francis . Supernova Injection into Forming Planetary Systems. NSF-MPS-DMS (7/1/2009 - 6/30/2013).
  13. Anbar,Ariel David * , Anbar,Ariel David * , Boonstra,Sheri Klug , Desch,Steven , Elser,James Joseph , Farmer,Jack , Grigsby,Brian Harrison , Neuer,Susanne , Semken,Steven , Shock,Everett , Shock,Everett , Timmes,Francis , Wadhwa,Meenakshi , Zolotov,Mikhail , . Follow the Elements. NASA-AMES RESEARCH CTR (2/1/2009 - 1/31/2015).
  14. Scowen,Paul Andrew * Desch,Steven Jansen,Rolf A Rhoads,James Ely Windhorst,Rogier A . The Star Formation Observatory (SFO) Mission to Study Cosmic Origins Near and Far. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (3/28/2008 - 3/27/2010).
  15. Desch,Steven * Desch,Steven * . Modeling of the Charging and Transport of Dust in Martian and Terrestrial Dust Devils: Does Mars Have Lightening?. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (5/1/2006 - 4/30/2010).
  16. Desch,Steven * Desch,Steven * . Transient Heating of Protoplanetary Disk Material by Shocks. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (3/1/2006 - 5/14/2010).
  17. Desch,Steven * . Dust Transport and Charging in Martian and Terrestrial Dust Devils. JPL (9/13/2005 - 8/31/2007).
  18. Morse,Jon A * Beasley,Matthew Nelson Desch,Steven Hester,John Jeffrey Jansen,Rolf A Scowen,Paul Andrew Windhorst,Rogier A . HORUS: High Orbit Ultraviolet-Visible Satellite. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (9/15/2004 - 9/14/2005).

* principal investigator

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