William B. Moore

William B. Moore

Professor William MooreHampton University Professor in Residence

Director, Center for Planetary Dynamics

100 Exploration Way, Hampton, VA 23666

Tel: +1(757) 325-6765; Fax: +1(757) 325-6710


  • Ph.D., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles California, 1997
  • M.S., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles California, 1995
  • B.S., Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1991 

Work Experience

  • Professor in Residence, National Institute of Aerospace, 2010 – Present
  • Associate Professor, Hampton Unviersity, 2010 – Present
  • Associate Research Geophysicist, University of California, Los Angeles, California, 1997-2010
  • Visiting Scientist, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, France, June-August 1998

Research Interests 

  • Planetary interior and thermal evolution
  • Origin of habitable environments
  • Planetary orbital and rotational dynamics
  • Solar system exploration

Current Research

Prof. Moore’s research spans most of the solar system, investigating every type of solid body from comets to icy moons to rocky planets.  His research in the outer solar system delves into the processes that drive geological activity and might potentially support life on icy bodies.  In the inner solar system, Prof. Moore investigates the generation and transport of heat in the interiors of the planets and the resulting dynamic effects including volcanism, tides, plate tectonics, true polar wander, and atmospheric and climate evolution. In our own corner of the universe, he studies the early thermal and orbital evolution of the Moon, and the origin of plate tectonics on Earth.


Moore W.B., Williams. J. P., Nimmo, F., and Paige D.A., “The Formation of Tharsis on Mars: What the Line-of-Sight Gravity is Telling Us,” J. Geophys. Res., 113 (2008): E10011, doi:10.1029/2007JE003050

Moore, W. B. (2008) Heat Transport in a Convecting Layer Heated from Within and Below, J. Geophys. Res., 113 (2008): B11407, doi:10.1029/2006JB004778

Moore, W. B., and Breuer, D., “Dynamics and Thermal History of Terrestrial Planets, the Moon, and Io,” in Treatise on Geophysics, vol. 10, Ed., G. Schubert (Amsterdam: Elsevier 2007) 10.09.01-10.09.8

Moore, W. B., Schubert, G., Anderson, J.D. and Spencer, J.R., “The Interior of Io,” in Io After Galileo, Eds. R. Lopes and J. R. Spencer (New York/Heidelberg: Springer Praxis Books 2007) p. 89-108, doi:10.1007/978-3-540-48841-5_5

Moore, W.B., Palguta, J.L., Anderson, J.D., and Schubert, G., “Mass Anomalies on Ganymede,” Icarus, 180 (2006): 428-441, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2005.08.020

Moore, W. B., “Thermal Equilibrium in Europa’s Ice Shell,” Icarus, 180 (2006):141–146, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2005.09.005

Moore, W.B., Anderson, J.D., Schubert, G., Jacobson, R.A., and Palguta, J.L., “Discovery of Mass Anomalies on Ganymede,” Science, 305 *(2004): 989-991, doi:10.1126/science.1099050



100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23666