Dr. Ben PearceFuture Faculty
2021, PhD, Physics and Astronomy - Astrobiology, McMaster University
2017, MSc, Physics and Astronomy - Astrobiology, McMaster University
2015, BSc, Astronomy, University of British Columbia
2010, BSc, Software Engineering, University of Calgary
Dr. Pearce studies the origin of life on Earth from atmospheric and terrestrial processes. To tackle this, he uses a combination of laboratory experimentation and atmospheric modeling to recreate the conditions that led to the formation of the first information polymers.
PNAS Cozzarelli Prize (2017)
2024–present, Assistant Professor, Purdue University
2023–2024, 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
2021–2023, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
Pearce, B. K. D. , He, Chao, Hörst, S. M. (2022) An experimental and theoretical investigation of HCN production in the Hadean Earth atmosphere. ACS Earth Space Chem, 6, 2385–2399.
Pearce, B. K. D. , Molaverdikhani, K., Pudritz, R. E., Henning, Th., & Cerrillo, K. E. (2022) Toward RNA life on Early Earth: From atmospheric HCN to biomolecule production in warm little ponds. Astrophys J , 932, 1.
Pearce, B. K. D. , Molaverdikhani, K., Pudritz, R. E., Henning, Th., & Hébrard, E. (2020) HCN production in Titan's Atmosphere: Coupling quantum chemistry and disequilibrium atmospheric modeling. Astrophys J , 901, 110.
Pearce, B. K. D. , Tupper, A. S., Pudritz, R. E., & Higgs, P. G. (2018) Constraining the Time Interval for the Origin of Life on Earth. Astrobiology , 18, 343–364.
Pearce, B. K. D. , Pudritz, R. E., Semenov, D. A., & Henning, Th. (2017) Origin of the RNA World: The Fate of Nucleobases in Warm Little Ponds. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA , 114, 11327–11332 (Cozzarelli Prize Winner)