A327 Zaffarano
Ames, IA 50010, USA
+1 (515) 294-2219 

jbsimon.astro 'at' gmail.com 

Jake Simon

 Assistant Professor

 Iowa State University

Daniel Carrera, Postdoc

Daniel joined my research group in the Fall of 2019, arriving from Penn State University, where he was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow. He is investigating the formation of planetesimals in regions of high gas pressure ("pressure traps") thought to be present in protoplanetary disks. 

Matthew Small, Graduate Student

Matt will be joining my research group in the Spring of 2020.  He will be investigating key questions related to the initial planetesimal mass function.  For instance, how does the mass function vary with distance from the Sun? Answering this question is key to our understanding of how these objects form, as it allows us to compare directly with observed mass functions of e.g., the Kuiper Belt.

Drew Thomas, Undergraduate Student

Drew joined my group in the Fall of 2019 and is working closely with my postdoc Daniel Carrera to address the timescales associated with planetesimal formation in protoplanetary disk gas pressure bumps. His project will address which bump-inducing mechanisms are capable of trapping particles and producing planetesimals

I am hiring! 


I am currently seeking another postdoctoral research fellow (see the ad here) as well as a graduate student.  


Both individuals will have the opportunity to join a rapidly growing planet formation group at Iowa State University (funded in part by two recently won NASA grants) and work on problems related to protoplanetary disk evolution and planet formation