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Maryame El Moutamid

Senior Research Associate, CCAPS

Space Sciences Building, Room 326
Cornell University

Educational Background

  • 2016: Qualification for Lecturer Functions, French Ministry of Advanced Education
  • 2013: Ph.D., with Honors (Celestial Mechanics), Paris Observatory
  • 2010: Master Thesis (Dynamics of Gravitational Systems), Paris Observatory
  • 2008: B.A. (Sciences For Engineers), Denis-Diderot University


Maryame El Moutamid is an expert in orbital dynamics and celestial mechanics, especially orbital resonances and mechanisms of capture into mean motion resonances for satellites and exoplanets.


  • Carl Sagan Institute
  • Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science


Her current research concerns planetary ring dynamics and satellite orbital dynamics, and their connections with giant planet interior structure. She completed her PhD at Paris Observatory in September 2013 and is currently a Research Associate at Cornell University.


  • M. El Moutamid, P. D. Nicholson, R. G. French, M. S. Tiscareno, C. D. Murray, M. W. Evans, C. McGhee French, M. M. Hedman and J. A. Burns. How Janus' Orbital Swap Affects the Edge of Saturn's A Ring?: Icarus, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2015.10.025 (2015)
  • F. Braga-Ribas et al. A ring system detected around the Centaur (10199) Chariklo: Nature 508:72-75 (2014)
  • M. El Moutamid, B. Sicardy and Renner, S. Coupling between corotation and Lindblad resonances in the presence of secular precession rates: Celestial Mechanics and DynamicalAstronomy 118:235-252 (2014)
  • P. Robutel, N. Rambaux and M. El Moutamid. Influence of the coorbital resonance on the rotation of the Trojan satellites of Saturn: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy113:1-22 (2012)
  • S. Renner, N.J. Cooper, M. El Moutamid, B. Sicardy, A. Vienne, C.D. Murray and M. Saillenfest. Origin of the Chaotic motion of the Saturnian satellite Atlas: