Matt Clement

Graduate Student


B.S. 2010 U.S. Naval Academy

M.S. 2017 University of Oklahoma



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Research Area

Astrophysics and Cosmology

Research Description

My research interests include the formation and dynamical evolution of the solar system, and that of other similar systems of planets elsewhere in the galaxy which might harbor life. While in graduate school I have been using numerical, N-body computer simulations to study the early evolution of the solar system. In particular, my work focuses on the formation and long-term dynamical stability of the four terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars). Understanding the evolution of the young solar system provides us with insight as to the likelihood of similar conditions which might support life existing elsewhere in the universe. During my first few years of graduate school, I explored the consequences that a dynamical instability between the giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) would have on the forming terrestrial planets. Recently, I have been using graphical processing units (gpus; which greatly speed up simulations by performing calculations in parallel) to continue this investigation, and reevaluate the common initial conditions used when studying terrestrial planet formation.


"Mars’ growth stunted by an early giant planet instability," Clement, Matthew S.; Kaib, Nathan A.; Raymond, Sean N.; Walsh, Kevin J., Icarus, (2018) ADS: 2018arXiv180404233C arXiv: 1804.04233 DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2018.04.008

"Prevalence of chaos in planetary systems formed through embryo accretion," Clement, Matthew S.; Kaib, Nathan A., Icarus, 288, 88-98, (2017) ADS: 2017Icar..288...88C arXiv: 1701.07881 DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2017.01.021

In Research Group

Nathan Kaib, Assistant Professor

Billy Quarles, Post Doc