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Ben Rider-Stokes

Post Doctoral Researcher in Achondrite Meteorites, The Open University

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Physical Sciences at The Open University. My research focuses on understanding the formation and evolution of the planets, asteroids, and moons in the Solar System. I am specifically addressing the timing of impact mixing, magmatic differentiation, and volatile accretion of achondrites, meteorites that have come from asteroids that experienced thermal processes less than 20 million years after Solar System formation.

In the longer term, I hope to pursue an academic career that combines original research into planetary systems (principally using material science techniques) with teaching and mentoring of future planetary scientists.


  • –present
    Post Doctoral Researcher in Achondrite Meteorites , The Open University


  • 2023 
    The Open University, PhD
  • 2019 
    University of Portsmouth, Masters of Research
  • 2018 
    University of Portsmouth, BSc (Hons) Geology


  • 2023
    Impact mixing among rocky planetesimals in the early Solar System from angrite oxygen isotopes, Nature Astronomy
  • 2023
    The impact history and prolonged magmatism of the angrite parent body, Meteoritics and Planetary Science


Lunar and Planetary Science Institute Career Development Award 2023 & Meteoritical Society Wiley Award 2021