Macdonald Group


Mathieu Lapotre

John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow

Dr. Lapotre aims at unraveling the physics of sedimentary processes that shape the surfaces of terrestrial planets, including Earth, and ultimately, what their landforms and rocks tell us about past hydrology, climate, and habitability. Although he has broad interests across planetary bodies of our solar system and beyond, his work on planetary surface processes largely focuses on Earth and Mars. Three main goals of his research are to: (1) Further our mechanistic understanding of sedimentary and erosional processes on Earth, (2) explore how planetary conditions affect surface processes and their record in sedimentary rocks, and (3) constrain the paleohydrology, paleoclimate, and habitability of planets from physics-based interpretations of their sedimentary records.

Geological Museum Room 364