In 1984, Professor Darrell Strobel joined the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He has a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and is on the principal professional staff of Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Prof. Strobel is the author of more than 230 journal publications and 25 book chapters.
Professor Darrell Strobel’s educational background is in physics and he specializes in planetary atmospheres and solar system astrophysics. He studies a broad range of fundamental problems in atmospheric chemistry, dynamics, and radiation pertinent to the atmospheres of the giant planets and their satellites with the goal to understand the global structure of composition, pressure, temperature, and winds. Of particular current interest are magnetospheric plasma interactions with the extended atmospheres of Titan, Triton, and the Galilean satellites (Io, Europa, and Ganymede) and the mass loading rates of the parent planets' magnetospheres.
Prof. Strobel was a Co-Investigator on the UV Spectrometer Experiment on the Voyager Mission. He serves as a Co-I on observational programs with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) of Jupiter, its Io plasma torus, and the Galilean satellites. As the Cassini Mission Orbiter Interdisciplinary Scientist for Aeronomy and Solar Wind Interaction, he is currently involved in analysis and interpretation of data that was taken on the orbital tour of the Saturnian system, which started in July 2004 and ended with the Cassini spacecraft’s final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on 15 September 2017 after “The Grand Finale” last five low orbits flying through the upper atmosphere of Saturn. He was also a Co-I on the New Horizons Pluto Kuiper-belt Mission, which was successfully launched on January 19, 2006, and flew by Pluto on 14 July 2015. Although the Pluto phase ended in September 2017, Pluto’s atmosphere is still a topic of considerable research interest for Prof. Strobel.