Lunar and Planetary Lab
Tucson, AZ 85721-0092
Office location: Space Sciences 522
Phone: (520) 621-2789
Fax: (520) 626-8250
Jonathan I. Lunine is Professor of Planetary Sciences and of Physics at the University of Arizona. He is a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he serves as a member of the Director’s Advisory Council. His research interests include the evolution of giant planets and brown dwarf stars, the formation of planets, the evolution of Titan's atmosphere and surface processes, and organic chemistry leading to the origin of life. Lunine is an interdisciplinary scientist on the Cassini mission to Saturn and on the James Webb (Next-Generation) Space Telescope. He is a co-investigator on the Juno mission under development for a launch to Jupiter, and on a Spitzer Space Telescope team investigating the evolution of planet-forming disks. Dr. Lunine is the author of the book Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Addison-Wesley, 2005). He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Lunine earned a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester in 1980, followed by M.S. (1983) and Ph.D (1985) degrees in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology.