Welcome to my website! I am a 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow in Astronomy at Princeton University. My primary research seeks to understand planet formation by way of simple theoretical descriptions of planetary dynamics. I have worked on the interactions between planet’s with their natal disks, and studied the various ways that the Solar wind may have sculpted our own Solar system’s history. Most recently, I have been tackling the origin of Mercury. Beyond this, my interests vary widely, including the various reasons why extra-solar planetary systems often differ from our own, the factors governing mass extinctions in Earth’s history, and the mystery of how the Earth was habitable 3.5 billion years ago. I enjoy utilizing simplified mathematical methods to extract important lessons from problems spanning planetary astrophysics and Earth history. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any comments about my published work, or if you have any projects on which you are interested in collaborating.


Contact: christopher.spalding@princeton.edu