Senior Research Scientist, Space Science Institute
Research Assistant Professor, Earth & Space Sciences
Astrobiology Areas of Interest: Habitability & Life on Mars, Space Exploration
My research has focused on the investigation of the processes that have formed the crust and regolith of the Moon, Mars, and Earth analogs. This has been primarily through the use of infrared and visible spectral and imaging data returned from orbiting spacecraft and landers. I have worked directly with the Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer, 2001 Mars Odyssey Thermal Emission Imaging System, Mars Exploration Rovers Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometers, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mars Climate Sounder, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Radiometer instrument investigations.
Determining present and past environments on planetary surfaces is often relevent to astrobiology. With increasingly sophisticated measurements being returned from spacecraft, we've been able to move beyond "liquid water = life potential". One of my research goals is to use remotely sensed measurements and surface mineralogy to understand more detailed aspects of the biological potential of past environments.