Channon Visscher

Research Scientist
Sioux Center, IA
Dr. Channon Visscher is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Planetary Sciences at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. A graduate of Dordt College, he completed his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2006 from Washington University in St. Louis, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Fegley, Jr., with a research emphasis on thermochemical equilibrium models of planetary atmospheres. In 2008 he began working as a postdoc under the direction of Julianne Moses at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX, with a research focus on developing chemical models of planetary atmospheres. In 2011 he joined Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO in 2011, working with Robin Canup to develop combined accretion models of lunar formation, until returning to teaching at Dordt College in 2013. His current research generally involves modeling physical and chemical processes in planetary and astrophysical environments. The goal of this work is to better understand the underlying chemistry responsible for the observed properties of planetary atmospheres, and to provide clues about the formation and evolution of planetary systems. Channon and his wife have three children and live in Sioux Center, IA.