Dr. Josep Maria Trigo-Rodríguez, PhD
Astrophysicist, Tenured Scientist (CSIC)
MAILING ADDRESS: Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC),
Campus UAB, Facultat de Ciencies, Torre C5-parell, 2a, 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona).
Telephone: 34 + 935814778
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Degree in Physics (1997), University of Valencia (Spain)
Ph.D. Cum Laude, Theoretical Physics, speciality Astrophysics (2002), University of Valencia.
Meteorites, Minor Bodies and Planetary Sciences Group Leader, Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC)
Josep M. Trigo-Rodriguez was born in Valencia (Spain) on July 3, 1970 into a family of artists.
He was the second, and last son of the famous painter
Julio Trigo CAMPOY married with Maria Gloria Rodriguez
Sánchez. Josep grew in an environment of great interest for the arts and sciences, and he was deeply marked by
Isaac Asimov, Josep Comas Solà, Camille Flammarion, and Carl Sagan readings. In fact, together with his parents,
his eleven-years older brother
Xulio Ricardo Trigo , a brilliant poet and novelist, marked Josep's interest in literature, and science popularization.
After two years collaborating as science journalist, in 1990 Josep got a job in the Castelló Planetarium,
where he spent thirteen years working in the development of programs, and public outreach. The last four years he was also
working as associate professor in the University Jaume I of Castelló, giving lectures on Thermodynamics and Physics.
In 1995 he met Prof. J. Oró who exerted in him a profound influence to continue his professional carrier, and keep learning
on the origin of stars, planetary systems, meteorites and cosmochemistry. Finally, Dr. Trigo-Rodríguez obtained his degree
in Physics for the University of Valencia in 1997, and his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics (Astrophysics) in 2002 under
the direction of Prof. Jordi Llorca (UPC) and Prof. Juan Fabregat (UV), and also wrote several books to popularize astronomy.
In 2003 he obtained a Spanish grant that allowed him to continue his carrier in a postdoctoral position at the Institute of
Geophysics & Planetary Physics of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) under the supervision of Prof. John Wasson,
and Dr. Alan Rubin. After almost three years working on primitive meteorites (carbonaceous chondrites) he returned in 2006
to Spain with a JdC grant in order to join the
Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC) in Barcelona. On 2009 he won his position as Tenured Scientist
(Científico Titular) of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) at that research institute.
Trigo-Rodriguez current research focuses in the formation of primitive solar system minor bodies (comets and asteroids),
the study of their fragments in space (dust, meteoroids) and the analysis and
characterization of their surviving rocks arrived to the Earth (meteorites). These “minor bodies” provide clues on
the origin of the solar system because were retentive of the chemical and isotopic conditions prevailing in the
early Solar System.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
Primordial materials preserved in primitive meteorites: presolar grains,
Calcium Aluminum-rich Inclusions (CAIs), chondrules, radioactive nuclides, etc...
Astrophysical environment of solar system formation. Water, and aqueous alteration
processes in primitive meteorites: carbonaceous chondrites.
Stellar sources contributing to build the Solar System starting materials
Cosmochemistry. Formation conditions of primitive bodies: asteroids and comets.
Photometry and spectroscopy of asteroids, comets and meteoroids.
Chemical abundances of cometary and asteroidal meteoroids
Celestial Mechanics and dynamics of meteoroid orbits. Search for parent bodies:
NEOs, MBAs, and dormant comets.
Origin of Earth's atmosphere and biosphere
If you are interested in these topics, and you like to join my research team
"Meteorites, Minor Bodies and Planetary Science" at the Institute of Space Sciences,
here you have a general overview of the postdoc grants
Spanish postdoc grants
currently available. Notice that the funds should be updated as the presentation was made in 2009.
General information on the ICE-IFAE-UAB Master program . Our peer-reviewed
papers are listed here
PARTICIPATION IN SPACE MISSIONS
Dr. Trigo-Rodriguez formed part of the Preliminary Examination Team of the Stardust (NASA)
mission that collected and brought back to Earth the first solid materials from a solar system
object different to the Moon. The method used for collecting particles from the coma of comet 81P/Wild 2 is
nicely explained in the Stardust homepage
Dr. Trigo-Rodriguez is one of the Proposal Core members of Marco Polo R , a medium-class mission selected for assessment
phase in the framework of the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program of the European Space Agency (ESA).
This mission plans to bring back to Earth laboratories samples from primitive binary asteroid 1996FG3.
Marco Polo R homepage
Peer-review journals where I have published my research: Science, Astrophysical Journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical
Society, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Geophysical Research Letters,
Icarus, Planetary & Space Science, Earth Moon and Planets, Advances in Space Research, etc...
Search of my publications by using the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysical Data System (ADS)
Refereed articles (peer-reviewed)
Conference proceedings (published)
Selected popular publications
Published books and book chapters
Astronomical Pictures from Riells del Montseny Observatory (MPC B06)
REVIEWER OF SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS
Ph.D. Trigo-Rodríguez has been reviewer of the following peer-reviewed international journals:
Advances in Space Research, The Astronomical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Earth, Moon and Planets,
Icarus, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Monthly Notices
of the Royal Astronomical Society, NATURE, Planetary and Space Science, and Publications of the Astronomical
Society of Japan.
PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS
The astrophysical environment of solar system formation from the study of primitive materials
host in chondrites and comets. Code: AYA2011-26522, Plan Nacional I+D+I 2012-2014. (P.I. Dr. Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez)
Gamma ray astrophysics in the MeV range: a challenge for instrumentation and an essential window
for nuclear astrophysics. Code: AYA2008-01839, Plan Nacional I+D+I 2008-2011. (P.I. Dra. Margarida Hernanz)
Preparation of the Spanish Participation in the Gamma Ray Imager mission: Gamma astronomy of high precision.
Code: ESP2007-61593. Plan Nacional I+D+I 2007-2008. (P.I. Dra. Margarida Hernanz)
Scientific exploitation of BOOTES y BOOTES-IR. The discovery and study of the farest objects in the
Universe with robotic instruments in the near-IR. Programa Nacional de Astronomía y Astrofísica,
Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, AYA 2004-01515. Duration: 2004-2007.
(PI: Dr. Alberto J. Castro Tirado )
The discovery and study of the farest objects in the Universe with robotic instruments in the near-IR.
Development of the Burst Observer and Optical Transient Exploring System in the near-Infrared (BOOTES-IR).
Programa Nacional de Astronomía y Astrofísica, Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica.
Duration: 2002-2004. (P.I. Dr. Alberto J. Castro Tirado)
He is also coordinating the scientific exploitation of the
Spanish Fireball Network
REVIEWER OF INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCILS
Member of the "Stars and Planets" Panel of the Time Allocation Committee (CAT), Instituto de Astrofísica de
Canarias (IAC). Assessment of Astronomy observing proposals to get observing time in IAC observatories.
NASA AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA). Referee evaluation of NASA's Cosmochemistry Program proposals.
United Kingdom Research Council. Assessment of Astronomy and Cosmochemistry funding grants.
National Research Council Canada. Assessment of Astronomy & Space Sciences funding grants.
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Assessment of Astronomy funding grants.
Proyectos Junta de Andalucia, Spain. Assessment of Astronomy funding grants.
PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH TEAMS
Stardust Preliminary Examination Team (NASA): study of 81P/Wild 2 particles, and interstellar particles
preserved in aerogel collectors on board the Stardust spacecraft
International Space Science Institute (ISSI) project: Interaction of large bolides with the Earth's atmosphere
Participation in Leonid MAC missions (NASA)
RSEF-BBVA Foundation 2009 Prize to the best Physics article published on 2008:
"The Stardust mission: astrophysical
implications of the analyzed samples of comet 81P/Wild 2"
2005 Universitary Edition National Prize under the category
of best electronic edition for his book and DVD entitled:
"The solar system: our small corner in the Milky Way" (2004)
published by the Univ. Jaume I (in Spanish). Book in coauthory
with Dr. Jordi Llorca (inclosed DVD with J. Llorca, Jose V. Casado
and Pablo Biazzi).
III Scientific Award REAL SOCIEDAD ESPAÑOLA DE FÍSICA
in the popularization of science section (2002). Honorary
mention for his work “The colossal death of Supernovas" for
the quality of the article and the author's trajectory in the field of
science's popularization. Paper published in MUNDO CIENTIFICO (Spanish
translation of La Recherche).
XIII Scientific Award “Casa de las Ciencias de La Coruña” for
popularizing Science in Spain (2000). Special mention to his paper “A
control over pseudoscience” published in MUNDO CIENTIFICO (Spanish
translation of La Recherche) due to its originality.
OTHER TASKS PROMOTING ASTRONOMY
Member of Observing Time Allocation Commitee (CAT) for Canary Islands (2010-2012)
IAC telescopes (Stars and planets panel).
Member of the General Council of the
Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia (LIADA) since December 2004.
Co-coordinator Meteor Section of the
Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia (LIADA).
Founding member of the
International Meteor Organization (IMO) .
Founding member and President of the
Spanish Society of Meteor and Cometary Observers (SOMYCE) over the period 1988-1992.
Meteor Section Coordinator of the Valencia Astronomical Association (AVA)
over the period 1985-1993.
E-mail:Ph.D. Josep M. Trigo (CSIC-IEEC).