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Dr. Hamish Innes


Postdoc | Planetary Geodynamics • Project DIVerse Exoplanet Redox State Estimations (DIVERSE)

Malteserstr. 74-100
Room D-201
12249 Berlin

My background is in atmospheric physics, having completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Raymond Pierrehumbert. My thesis focused on the atmospheric dynamics and habitability of temperate sub-Neptune exoplanets, using 3D climate models and 1D radiative-convective models. My later work showed that these planets' hydrogen atmospheres are very effective greenhouses, making habitable surface conditions with Earth-like irradiation less likely!
At FU I work on modelling the atmospheres of rocky planets with reduced interiors and how we can link atmospheres with interior conditions. Very generally, my research interests are:

  • Interior-atmosphere interactions
  • Atmospheric modelling
  • Planetary habitability
  • Geophysical fluid dynamics

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about my research or want to collaborate on any of the above topics!


Innes, H., Tsai, S.-M. and Pierrehumbert, R.T., The Runaway Greenhouse Effect on Hycean Worlds, 2023 ApJ 953 168 

Innes, H. and Pierrehumbert, R.T., Atmospheric Dynamics of Temperate Sub-Neptunes. I. Dry Dynamics, 2022, ApJ, 927, 38 

Duncan A. Christie, Elspeth K. H. Lee, Innes, H. et al 2022 Planet. Sci. J. 3 261 - CAMEMBERT: A MiniNeptunes General Circulation Model Intercomparison, Protocol Version 1.0.A CUISINES Model Intercomparison Project 

Tsai, S., Innes, H., Lichtenberg, T., Taylor, J. et al., Inferring Shallow Surfaces on sub-Neptune Exoplanets with JWST, 2021, ApJL, 922, L27