Planetary And Space Exploration

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Cheng Li

Assistant Professor

Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

Climate and Space Research Building

2455 Hayward Street

Ann, Arbor, M 48109



My research topics focus on the exploration of planets inside and outside of our solar system. I have been involved in NASA’s Cassini Mission to Saturn and the Juno Mission to Jupiter. I use numerical models, ground-based telescopes, and data collected from space missions to further our understanding of the physical properties of planets. Specifically, I’m interested in fluid motions, including the atmosphere, ocean, and convection powered by the internal heat of a planet. Planets provide unique natural laboratories that are unattainable on Earth. By studying the planets, we learn the fundamental physics, the past, and the future of the home we live on.

Education and Positions

University of California, Berkeley, 2019 – 2020

    51 Pegasi b Postdoc Fellow

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2017 – 2019

    NASA Postdoc Program Fellow

California Institute of Technology, 2011 – 2017

    Ph.D. Planetary Science

Peking University, 2007 – 2011

    B.S. Atmospheric Science