Anya Portyankina



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University of Göttingen — Göttingen, Germany
PhD in Astrophysics

Kharkiv National University — Kharkiv, Ukraine
M.S. Physics and Astronomy

Employment history

University of Bern, Switzerland — Postdoctoral Researcher

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research — Spacecraft Operations


My main area of interest is ices in the solar system.
This spans from atmosphere-surface interactions on Mars to plumes and surfaces of icy satellites of giant planets and comets.


- Laboratory investigations of planetary icy analogs and surface-atmosphere interactions on Mars;
- Understand the physics behind the plumes and jets in ocean worlds;
- Monitoring seasonally active areas on Mars and modelling of relevant processes;
- Citizen science project Planet Four.


Total 33 peer-reviewed publications, out of them 10 as a first author.
Google scholar statistics (as of September 27, 2017):
Citations – 799 ; h-index – 14; i10-index – 17.

Publications during the last 5 years:

Portyankina, G., Merrison, J., Iversen, J.J., Yoldi, Z., Hansen, C. J., Aye, K.-M., Pommerol, A., Thomas, N., 2017, Laboratory investigations of the physical state of CO2 ice in a simulated martian environment.
Icarus, under review.

Hedman, M. , Dhingra, D., Nicholson, P., Hansen, C., Portyankina, G. , Ye, S. , Dong, Y, 2017, Spatial Variations in the Dust-to-Gas Ratio of Enceladus' Plume. Icarus, under revision.

Smith, I., Diniega, S., Beaty, D.W., Thorsteinsson, T., Becerra, P., Bramson, A.M., Clifford, S.M., Hvidberg, C. S., Portyankina, G., Piqueux, S., Spiga, A., Titus, T. N., 2017, 6th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration: Conference Summary and Five Top Questions, Icarus, in press.

Schwamb, M. E., Aye, K.-M., Portyankina, [...]

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