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Dr Nick Teanby

Dr Nick Teanby

Dr Nick Teanby
MA, MSci(Cantab.), PhD(Leeds)

Reader in Planetary Science

Area of research

Planetary Atmospheres and Interiors

Office IC002
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 331 5006


My research comprises application of geophysical techniques to solve planetary science problems. Currently my research focuses on two areas:

1) Atmospheric radiative transfer of planetary atmospheres: I use infra-red remote sensing combined with radiative transfer analyses to study the atmospheres of Titan, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, and Mars using both space-based and ground-based instruments such as Cassini, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array, and Herschel. In particular I use unstable species to provide new insights into large-scale atmospheric dynamics.

2) Planetary seismology. I apply seismic techniques developed for Earth to planetary interiors to aid in-situ geophysical missions to the planets including NASA's InSight mission to Mars. In particular impact induced seismicity and crustal properties using broadband and short period seismometers.


2017-present University of Bristol, Reader in Planetary Science

2013-2017 University of Bristol, Senior Research Fellow in Planetary Science

2010-2013 University of Bristol,STFC Advanced Research Fellow (Planetary Atmospheres and Interiors)

2008-2010 University of Oxford,STFC Advanced Research Fellow (Planetary Atmospheres and Interiors)

2003-2008 University of Oxford,Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Planetary Atmospheres)

2001-2003 Univeristy of Leeds,Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Seismology)

1997-2001 University of Leeds,PhD (Geomagnetism)

1993-1997 University of Cambridge,Degree in Natural Sciences (Physics)


Lecturer: Atmospheric Processes (2nd Year)

Lecturer: Numerical Methods and Programming (2nd Year)

Supervisor: Geophysics Brecon Beacons field course (3rd Year)

Supervisor: Geophysics/Environmental Geoscience field projects (3rd Year)

Supervisor: Final year projects (4th Year)

Post Graduate Training Coordinator


  • planets
  • geophysics
  • atmospheres
  • seismology

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