My research centers on the activity and evolution of comets and asteroids.

Research Areas: Theoretical AMO Physics.

Subject area: 

  • Physics and Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Multidisciplinary, Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics.

Keywords: Atomic and Molecular Physics, Astronomy, Planetary science, Comets, Asteroids.

Dennis Bodewits is a planetary scientist at Auburn University working on the exploration and observation of comets and asteroids.

Our research centers on the physical and chemical behavior of comets.


  • Laboratory astrophysics of cometary atmospheres
  • Comet activity and evolution
  • Planetary missions.
Past Affiliations

Research Scientist, University of Maryland (past)

Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (past)

PhD, University of Groningen, Netherlands, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 2007
MS, University of Groningen, Netherlands, Experimental Physics, 2003
MS, University of Groningen, Netherlands, Astrophysics, 2003
atomic and molecular structure atomic physics atomic spectroscopy molecular spectroscopy aerospace environments auroras comets interplanetary spacecraft planetary environments
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Minor planet (10033) Bodewits, International Astronomical Union, 2017

NASA Group Achievement Award (Comet Siding Spring Observing team), NASA Headquarters, 2015

NASA Group Achievement Award (Comet Modelling, Prediction, and Assessment team), NASA Headquarters, 2015

NASA Group Achievement Award (EPOXI Science Team), NASA Headquarters, 2011

Van Swinderen Thesis Prize, Dutch Royal Physical Society (KNG), 2007

International Astronomical Union (IAU); American Geophysical Union (AGU); American Astronomical Society (AAS)