George D. McDonald
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellow
Georgia Tech

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Welcome!
I'm a PhD candidate in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. My research focuses primarily on radiative processes in the atmospheres of terrestrial planets, and the interactions of these atmospheres with surfaces. Most recently I have been focusing on Mars, Titan (Saturn's largest moon), and sub-Neptune sized exoplanets. You can find information about my research on this webpage. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in collaboration.
Recent News & Upcoming Presentations:
• 4/3/17 (M) 11:30-11:45AM: See the presentation by my collaborator Claire Newman on detailed GCM/data comparisons of dune orientations on Titan, at the Titan Through Time IV Workshop.
• 3/27/17: Paper by my collaborator Josh Mendez on how triboelectric charging affects the mobility of sand dunes on Titan is now available online at Nature Geoscience.
• 1/19/17 (Th) 11:15AM-11:30AM: Talk at the 6th Mars Atmosphere Modelling and Observations Workshop: Water vapor retrievals over north polar craters with ice mounds: Constraints on sublimation rates.
• 12/20/16 (Tu) 8-9PM: Public lecture at the Westport Astronomical Society in Westport, CT: Warm with a slight chance of rain: A 3.7 billion year old weather forecast for the planet Mars.
• 12/13/16 (Tu) 8AM-12:20PM: Poster presentation at the 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall meeting: Constraining the sublimation rate of the Louth crater ice mound with observations of atmospheric water vapor in the thermal infrared.
Recent Photos:

10/16/16: In LA with Paul Corlies for the 2016 Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting.

8/4/16: At NASA Ames with Mary Beth Wilhelm.

7/28/16: Seminar at the Kavli Summer Program.

6/20/16: Group photo at the Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz.