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Shannon Curry

, Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley

Research Focus
About Shannon

Dr. Curry is a planetary physicist currently working on NASA and ESA supported research projects as the Deputy Assistant Director of Planetary Science at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focus is on terrestrial planetary atmospheres, primarily in atmospheric escape and dynamics at Mars, Venus and other weakly magnetized bodies. She is also involved in instrument development and mission concept development for future flight exploration of the solar system. Her research relies on statistics, applied mathematics, modeling and big data analysis in order to better understand spacecraft observations of our solar system. Currently, she is the Project Scientist on the Phase-A/B SIMPLEX mission ESCAPADE, a science team member on the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission, a collaborator on NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) program and will be the PI of the MAVEN mission beginning in October 2021.


Deans’ Fellowship of the College of Engineering

NASA Early Career Fellowship

NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship

NASA Group Achievement Award- MAVEN Science Team

NASA Group Achievement award- MAVEN Science Team

NASA Silver Medal Group Achievement Award-Parker Solar Probe Science Team

Outstanding Student Paper Award, Planetary Science

Outstanding Student Paper Award, Space Physics and Aeronomy


SSL, University of California, Berkeley, 08/2013 - 05/2013


Space Physics, University of Michigan, 03/2013


Space Physics, University of Michigan, 05/2011


Astrophysics, Tufts University, 05/2004

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