I am a planetary scientist and computational physicist specializing in giant planet atmospheres. I currently teach undergraduate physics. Ask me anything!
I am Dr. Jess Vriesema, a planetary scientist and computational physicist. I have a B.S. degree in Physics (2009), a M.Sc. in Physics (2011), a M.Sc. in Planetary Science (2015) and most recently, a Ph.D. in Planetary Science (2020).
Space exploration is awesome! So are physics and computer science! So is teaching! One of my greatest passions is bringing these things together to share the joys of these things with the public. I currently teach introductory physics at a university (all views are my own), and I am very fortunate to be able to do just that with my students.
Planetary science is a lot like astronomy. Whereas astronomers usually look at things like stars (birth, life, death), black holes, galaxies, and the fate of the universe, planetary scientists tend to focus more on planets in our solar system, exoplanets, moons, and small solar system objects like asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt Objects, and so on.
I'm about to go to bed now, but am eager to answer your questions about planetary science, physics, or using computers to do science tomorrow morning (roughly 10 AM CDT)! I always find that I learn something when people ask me questions, so I'm excited to see what tomorrow brings!
Proof: See the last paragraph on the front page of my website: https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~vriesema/.
EDIT: I'm working on answering some of the questions. I tend to be long-winded. I'll try to get to all, but I may need to get back to many. Thank you for your curiosity and interest — and also for your patience!
EDIT 2: I've been at this for two hours and need to switch gears! I promise I'll come back here later. (I don't have the discipline not to!) But for now, I gotta get going to make some food and grade some papers. Thank you all so much for participating! I'm excited to come back soon!