Dr. Sonia Tikoo joins Rutgers EPS as its newest faculty member after a two-year postdoctoral stint at the University of California, Berkeley. Sonia received her B.S. with Honors in Geology and History (Minor) from the California Institute of Technology (2008) and her Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014).
Sonia’s research interests lie at the intersection of planetary science and paleomagnetism. By studying a combination of meteorites and lunar rocks from the Apollo missions, she seeks to determine the magnetic field generation mechanisms and longevities of core dynamos on differentiated planetary bodies. Constraining the intensities of core dynamo fields over time provides insight into the long-term planetary thermal and chemical evolution. Sonia is also interested in how impact cratering events alter the magnetization preserved within planetary crusts and is working on rocks from a number of terrestrial impact craters.
Through these efforts, Sonia will help us build a stronger planetary science program at Rutgers, as well as expand our program in rock magnetism. We look forward to exciting new course offerings and fruitful collaborations in the coming years!