Dr Pedro Lacerda


Pedro studies the origin and evolution of comets and distant solar system objects using a combination of CCD imaging and computer simulations. He also collaborates with scholars in the humanities to link medieval records of comet sightings to state-of-the-art theories of the evolution of the solar system. Pedro has contributed to 56 refereed papers, has held a Royal Society Newton Fellowship and led a Max Planck Research Group, and shares a Royal Society APEX Award for cross-disciplinary research.

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PhD title: Bulk Properties and Evolution of Jupiter-Family Comet Nuclei

Name: Rosita Kokotanekova 
Years of Study: 2014 - 2018




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DoctoSebastian Lorek 

PhD title: Comet Formation in the Framework of Streaming Instability 

Years of Study: 2014 - 2017
Country: Germany
Current position: Postdoc, Lund Observatory, Sweden





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