Carol Paty

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-4786
  • Office: 120 Volcanology Bldg
  • Affiliated Departments: Physics Department
  • Interests: Planetary Science, Space Physics, Planetary Interiors, Astrobiology
  • Curriculum Vitae


B.A.    Physics & Astronomy                2001 Bryn Mawr College
Ph.D.  Earth & Space Sciences            2006 University of Washington


I am a planetary and space physicist specializing in studying moon-magnetosphere interactions and icy moon interiors with simulations and spacecraft observations. I am a co-investigator on NASA’s Europa Clipper mission and actively developing new mission strategies to explore the Neptune-Triton system as part of the Trident mission team. I currently sit on the steering committee of the Outer Planets Assessment Group and am also serving on a National Academies panel for the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey. I have an appointment in the Clark Honors College where I worked on the recent curriculum revision and implementation, and my research home is in the Earth Sciences department where I teach and mentor students in planetary science.

Prior to arriving at the University of Oregon, I spent 10 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences developing a planetary sciences focus and the Center for Space Technology and Research which bridged space research interests between the College of Science and College of Engineering. My postdoc was spent working with the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer team while at the Southwest Research Institute.


Select Recent (*student, †postdoc):

Cao, X., and C. Paty, 2020, Asymmetric Structure of Uranus' Magnetopause Controlled by IMF and Planetary Rotation, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2020GL091273

Vance, S. D., M. J. Styczinski*, B. G. Bills, C. J. Cochrane, K. M. Soderlund, N. Gomez-Perez, and C. Paty, 2020, Magnetic Induction Responses of Jupiter's Ocean Moons Including Effects from Adiabatic Convection, Submitted, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, doi:10.1029/2020JE006418

Paty, C., C. S. Arridge, I. J. Cohen, G. A. DiBraccio, R. W. Ebert, and A. M. Rymer, 2020, Ice Giant Magnetospheres, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A., doi:10.1098/rsta.2019.0480

Winslow, R. M., N. Lugaz, C. J. Farrugia, C. L. Johnson, B. J. Anderson, C. S. Paty, N. A. Schwadron, L. Philpott, M. Al Asad, 2020, First observations of an ICME compressing Mercury's dayside magnetosphere, The Astrophysical Journal, 889:184 (10pp), 2020 February 1, doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab6170

Orlando, T. M., B. M. Jones, C. Paty, M. J. Schaible, J. R. Reynolds, P. N. First, S. K., Robinson, V. La Saponara, and E. Beltran, 2018. Catalyst: Radiation effects on volatiles and exploration of asteroids and the lunar surface. Chem 4, 8–12, doi:10.1016/j.chempr.2017.12.004

Molyneux, P. M., Nichols, J. D.,Bannister, N. P., Bunce, E. J., Clarke, J. T.,Cowley, S. W. H., J.-C. Gérard, D. Grodent, S. E. Milan, and C. Paty, 2018. HubbleSpace Telescope observations of variations in Ganymede’s oxygen atmosphere and aurora. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics,123,3777–3793. doi:10.1029/2018JA025243

Cao, X., * and C. Paty, 2017, Diurnal and seasonal variability of Uranus’s magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JA024063.

Winslow R.M., L. Philpott, C. S. Paty, N. Lugaz, N.A. Schwadron, C.L. Johnson, and H. Korth, 2017, Statistical study of ICME effects on Mercury's magnetospheric boundaries and northern cusp region from MESSENGER, J. Geophys. Res., 122, doi:10.1002/2016JA023548.

Hale, J. P. M.*, and C. Paty, 2016, Investigating Charon’s Impact on Pluto’s Interaction with the Solar Wind through Multifluid MHD Simulations. Published online 12/6/2016 Icarus 287 (2017) 131–139

Simon, S., E. Roussos, and C. S. Paty, 2015, The interaction between Saturn’s moons and their plasma environment, Physics Reports, 602 (2015), 1-65, doi:10.1016/j.physrep.2015.09.005

Payan, A. P.*, C. S. Paty, and K. D. Retherford, 2015, Uncovering local magnetospheric processes governing the morphology and variability of Ganymede’s aurora using threedimensional multifluid simulations of Ganymede’s magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 120, doi:10.1002/2014JA020301.

Payan, A.*, A. Rajendar*, C. S. Paty, and F. J. Crary, 2014, Effect of Plasma Torus Density Variations on the Morphology and Brightness of the Io Footprint, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, 3641–3649, doi:10.1002/2013JA019299.

Riousset, J., C. S. Paty, M. Fillingim, R. Lillis, S. England, P. Withers, and J. P. M. Hale*, 2014 Electrodynamics of the Martian dynamo region near magnetic cusps and loops, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2013GL059130.

Winglee, R. M., A. Kidder*, E. Harnett, N. Ifland*, C. Paty, and D. Snowden, 2013, Generation of periodic signatures at Saturn through Titan’s interaction with the centrifugal interchange instability, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 118, doi:10.1002/jgra.50397.

Riousset, J., C. S. Paty, M. Fillingim, R. Lillis, S. England, Paul Withers, and J. P. M. Hale*, 2013, Three-dimensional multifluid modeling of atmospheric electrodynamics in Mars’ dynamo region, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 118, doi:10.1002/jgra.50328.

Kidder, A.*, C. S. Paty, R.M. Winglee, E.M. Harnett, 2012, External triggering of plasmoid development at Saturn, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A07206, doi:10.1029/2012JA017625