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Dr. Bryan Travis

Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Los Alamos, NM
btravis [at] psi.edu
Areas of Expertise
Asteroids, Ceres, Earth, Icy satellites, Mars | Space-based observing, Remote sensing, Numerical modeling, Mineralogy, Astrobiology

Research Interests

Dr. Bryan Travis’ expertise lies in the application of computational fluid dynamics, especially for systems that couple hydrologic, thermal, chemical, and biochemical processes. His early research focused on numerical modeling of terrestrial processes: from fossil energy resources to environmental remediation to freezing/thawing and microbial activity in the Arctic permafrost. His recent studies have focused on water-related processes on Mars, dynamics in the water moons Europa and Enceladus, and asteroids, especially Ceres.

Professional History

Dr. Travis’ professional career began as an engineer with the Apollo “Man-to-the-Moon” project.  When that exciting effort ended, he moved on to applied mathematics and fluid dynamic studies of earth systems, receiving his PhD in 1974 in Mathematics from Florida State University. He spent nearly 40 years as a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working for the Computational Earth Science group. Inspired by the visually stunning results of space missions of the past decade, he has returned to planetary research and joined the permanent science staff of PSI in 2014.

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