Dr. Elizabeth Spiers’ research interests are in quantifying and constraining the dynamic habitability of ocean worlds in our solar system, such as Jupiter’s moon, Europa, and Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. She uses system models to examine global-scale energy and chemical changes within these oceans over time. Spiers’ work will improve understanding of the interior composition of ocean worlds informing and providing constraints for future missions, such as NASA’s Europa Clipper which will launch in October 2024. She has been on several planetary mission and instrument development projects, with an emphasis on life detection strategies for ocean worlds.
Ocean worlds, planetary habitability, mass transfer, systems modeling.
Ph.D., Earth & Atmospheric Sciences – Planetary Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., Applied Physics, Purdue University
B.S., Planetary Science, Purdue University