Francesca DeMeo

I'm a Research Scientist in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT. My research focuses on uncovering the heliocentric distribution of asteroid material to understand circumstances of the formation and evolution of our Solar Sytem. My work involves studying the main asteroid belt from survey data as well as near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) to understand the connection between NEAs and the meteorite samples we have on Earth. My undergraduate and Masters work were conducted at MIT. I earned my PhD at the Paris Observatory in France, and my work there involved modeling the ices on the surfaces of transneptunian objects. I spent time as a postdoc at MIT and a Hubble Fellow at Harvard.