Edwin Kite is a planetary geoscientist who studies the evolution of rocky and icy planets. Planets with solid surfaces retain traces of the evolution of their fluid envelopes over the long timescales that Earth’s fossil record teaches us are necessary for the evolution of complex life. For planets with solid surfaces – with emphasis on Mars, icy moons, and rocky exoplanets – Kite uses models and geologic data analysis to solve problems relevant to long-term environmental evolution. Asst. Prof. Kite’s research program combines geologic data analysis with basic physical and chemical modeling.
Asst. Prof. Kite’s lead-authored publications have appeared in Nature Geoscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Geology, Icarus, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Geophysical Research Letters, and The Astrophysical Journal. Kite is a member of the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS). In 2009, he shared the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the most outstanding paper published that year in Science. In 2016, Kite was the recipient of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science.