Associate Professor of Geology
Email perron [at] mit [dot] edu
PhD, UC Berkeley
Geomorphology • Planetary Sciences
Taylor Perron's research seeks a quantitative understanding of the processes that create landscapes, both on Earth and on other planets and moons. His approach combines theory and numerical modeling, field and remote sensing observations, analysis of data from planetary missions, and laboratory experiments. A central theme in his research is understanding why landscapes develop uniform patterns, such as evenly spaced valleys and branching river networks, and how to interpret these patterns as records of the geological past. Other topics of interest include the influence of life on Earth's surface topography, oceans and paleoclimate on Mars, the formation of river networks on Titan (Saturn¹s largest moon), and the influence of climate on erosion and landscape evolution.
Taylor holds an AB in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Archaeology from Harvard University and a PhD in Earth and Planetary Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He came to EAPS after a two-year stint as a Daly Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard. Recent honors include the Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award of the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes focus group of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), selection as the Robert P. Sharp lecturer at the AGU fall meeting, membership in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and selection as a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences.