Dr. William B. Moore

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Dr. William B. Moore

Associate Professor

Dr. Moore earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Geophysics & Space Physics at the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, CA. He has served on a number of high-level committees for determining and evaluating research policy in the United States. As part of the steering committee for the Outer Planets Assessment Group, the National Academy of Sciences decadal review of solar system exploration, and the science definition teams for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter and Europa Flagship Explorer. Dr. Moore has also helped to set national science priorities for future exploration of the solar system. He has participated in a number of successful missions to explore other planets (Magellan, Galileo), and looks forward to being a part of future NASA exploration of the Solar system. Dr. Moore joined the Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences staff as an Associate Professor in Spring 2010.

Teaching Interests

Fundamental physics topics such as celestial mechanics, continuum mechanics, fluid dynamics and basic heat transfer as well as remote sensing, solid-Earth geophysics, Earth system science, numerical analysis and methods for solving PDEs.

Research Interests

The behavior of planetary interiors is my primary interest, and I am most interested in the dynamics of processes that drive geologic activity in the Earth and other solid bodies. This has lead me to study the thermal evolution of the Earth and other planets, focusing on the means by which heat is generated within and transported through their interiors. I am also interested in the interaction between interior dynamics and celestial mechanics, studying the way tidal forces deform and heat planets and moons. The early history of the Earth-Moon system and the thermal history of Jupiter and Saturn's large icy satellites are strongly influenced by this process. Finally I am interested in the interactions between surface processes such as weathering and the greenhouse effect and the dynamics of the solid planet, which may be behind the vast difference between the surface conditions on Earth and Venus.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF File)


  • Moore, W. B., and H. Hussmann, (2008) Thermal Evolution of Europa's Silicate Interior, to appear in Europa, Univ. of Arizona Press.
  • Blankenship, D. D., D. A. Young, W. B. Moore, and J. C. Moore, (2008) Radar Sounding of Europa's Subsurface Properties and Processes: the View from Earth, to appear in Europa, Univ. of Arizona Press.
  • Moore, W. B. (2008) The Shape of the Moon and its Thermal and Rotational Evolution, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Submitted.
  • Williams. J. P., F. Nimmo, W. B. Moore, and D. A. Paige, (2008) The Formation of Tharsis on Mars: What the Line-of-Sight Gravity is Telling Us, J. Geophys. Res., 113,Article number E10011.
  • Moore, W. B. (2008) Heat Transport in a Convecting Layer Heated from Within and Below, J. Geophys. Res., 113, Article number B11407.