Paul Byrne founded the Planetary Research Group in 2015.
He obtained his B.A. and Ph.D. in geology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and joined the Carnegie Institution of Washington as a NASA MESSENGER postdoctoral fellow in 2011. He held a postdoctoral position at the Lunar and Planetary Institute from 2014 to 2015. In August 2015 he joined North Carolina State University as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. He was named a NASA Early Career Fellow in 2015, and in 2018 received a NASA Group Achievement Award as a member of the MESSENGER mission team.
Paul uses remotely sensed image, topographic, spectral, geochemical, and gravity data to characterise surface and interior processes on rocky and icy bodies throughout the Solar System (and beyond). He has carried out field campaigns in Europe, North America, and in the Indian Ocean, and is trained in analogue and numerical modelling techniques.
He has led or co-authored 43 papers, almost 200 conference abstracts, given over 30 invited presentations, and convened sessions at more than a dozen international conferences. He regularly delivers public talks on Solar System topics, and is regularly quoted in or contributes to popular science articles.