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Taylor Perron

Associate Professor of Geology, Chair of the Program in Geology, Geochemistry & Geobiology

Taylor Perron studies how landscapes form and evolve, both on Earth and on other planets. His approach combines theory and numerical modeling, field and remote sensing observations, analysis of data from planetary missions, and laboratory experiments. His group’s research is organized around three themes: explaining prominent landscape patterns such as branching river networks; using natural experiments to study how climate shapes landscapes; and examining planetary landforms to learn about the evolution of other worlds.

Perron holds an AB in Geology and Archaeology from Harvard University and a PhD in Earth and Planetary Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the EAPS faculty in 2009 after two years as a Daly Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard.


James B. Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union (2014) | Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2014) | Robert P. Sharp Lecturer, American Geophysical Union (2011) | Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award, American Geophysical Union (2011) | Cecil & Ida Green Career Development Chair (2010-2013) | Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2010) | AGU Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (2009) | Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (2007)

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Ph.D., Earth & Planetary Science (Geomorphology), University of California, Berkeley, 2006
A.B., Geology/Archaeology (summa cum laude), Harvard University, 1999

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