Jonathan I. Lunine

David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences; Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science; Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell
Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

402 Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
p: (607) 255-5911

Jonathan I. Lunine

David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences; Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science; Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell
Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise
Planetary science—how planets form; how they evolve; whether they host life

Current Research Interest
The evolution and habitability of moons of the outer solar system; the formation and evolution of giant planets in our own solar system and around other stars

Distinction
National Academy of Sciences
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Geophysical Union
Jean Dominique Cassini Medal, European Geoscience Union
International Academy of Astronautics, Basic Science Award
American Geophysical Union, James B. Macelwane Medal
American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Science, Harold C. Urey Prize 

Selected Publications
Lunine, Jonathan I. “Ocean Worlds Exploration.” Acta Astronautica 131 (2017): 123-130.

Waite, J. Hunter, Christopher R. Glein, Rebecca S. Perryman, Ben D. Teolis, Brian A. Magee, Greg Miller, Jacob Grimes, Mark E. Perry, Kelly E. Miller, Alexis Bouquet, Jonathan I. Lunine, Tim Brockwell, and Scott J. Bolton. “Cassini Finds Molecular Hydrogen in the Enceladus Plume: Evidence for Hydrothermal Processes.” Science 356 (2017): 155-159.

Cornell Research Website Article
How Do Planets Form and Evolve?