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Eric Ford

Associate Professor

Affiliate Associate Professor of Physics

PhD 2003 (Princeton)


212 Bryant Space Science Center
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Areas of Specialty

Extrasolar Planetary Systems, Planetary Dynamics, Planet Formation, Exoplanet Searches, Astrostatistics & Astroinformatics, High Performance Computing, Astrobiology.

Research Interests

My research centers around planet formation, the dynamical evolution of planetary systems and extrasolar planets. While my research is primarily theoretical and computational, I also emphasize the interface between theory and observation, including techniques for characterizing extrasolar planets, the statistical analysis of extrasolar planet observations, and the efficient design of extrasolar planet searches. I collaborate with leading planet search programs, including the California Planet Survey and NASA's Kepler mission. Ultimately, my research aims to improve our understanding of planet formation and evolution, both in our Solar System and in general.

To learn more about my research, you may read my scientific publications, browse press coverage of my research or watch selected public outreach presentations.


After receiving his Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 2003, Ford worked at the University of California Berkeley as a Miller Research Fellow. Next, Ford was a Hubble Fellow at the Theoretical Astrophysics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before joining the facullty at UF in 2007.

In 2011, the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society honored Ford with the Harold C. Urey prize for outstanding achievement in planetary research by a young scientist. In 2012, the American Astronomical Society awarded Ford the Helen B. Warner prize for astronomy "for his theoretical and computational research in the field of extrasolar planets, including ground-breaking work on the dynamical evolution of planetary systems and planet formation. Ford's work has established the importance of mutual gravitational interactions within exoplanet systems and has aided the efficient design of new exoplanet searches."

Ford teaches undergraduate classes on Life in the Universe and Planetary Astronomy, as well as graduate classes on Extrasolar Planets, Planetary Astrophysics and Journal Club. Ford serves on the Kepler Exoplanet Council for NASA's Kepler mission, the AAS Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics Working Group Steering Committee, the GTC User's Committee, the UF Research Computing Advisory Committee (RCAC) High-Performance Computing sub-committee and several departmental committees.

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