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RIS4E | The Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration

The RIS4E team is composed of 24 PIs and Co-Is and 19 Collaborators with diverse backgrounds and strengths who will work as a cohesive unit to advance the goals of RIS4E and SSERVI.

The team is led by PI Timothy Glotch at Stony Brook University and Deputy PI Darby Dyar at Mount Holyoke College.

The PI and Deputy PI serve as the leads for Science Themes 1 and 4, respectively. The executive leadership committee for the RIS4E team is composed of the PI and Deputy PI, Science Theme 2 lead Jacob Bleacher, Science Theme 3 lead Martin Schoonen, Noah Petro, and E/PO lead Andrea Jones.

Leadership Team

  • Member

    Joel Hurowitz

    Joel Hurowitz

    Theme 3 Lead

    Research Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

    Joel Hurowitz

    Joel Hurowitz

    Theme 3 Lead

    Research Associate Professor, Stony Brook University

    Joel's research interests include experimental and theoretical geochemistry applied to Mars and the Moon. He is a member of the Mars Curiosity rover science team. As a RIS4E Co-I, Joel is contributing to Theme 3 by testing the reactivity and surface radical formation for a suite of synthetic analog minerals and, eventually, lunar and chondritic samples using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Joel is mentoring an undergraduate researcher, who is assisting in these studies.
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  • Member

    Timothy Glotch

    Timothy Glotch

    PI, Theme 1 Lead

    Associate Professor of Geosciences at Stony Brook University.

    Timothy Glotch

    Timothy Glotch

    PI, Theme 1 Lead

    Associate Professor of Geosciences at Stony Brook University.

    Research Interests: As the PI of RIS4E and the lead of the Theme 1 research group, Tim will be focusing on using laboratory experiments to enable quantitative remote sensing of the Moon, near Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars. This work includes infrared spectroscopy of lunar and meteorite samples in a simulated lunar/asteroid environment, experimental space weathering of synthetic and natural planetary materials, and detailed chemical and structural characterization of planetary materials using the Submicron Resolution X-ray (SRX) spectroscopy beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source-II at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
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  • Member

    M. Darby Dyar

    M. Darby Dyar

    Deputy PI, Theme 4 Lead

    Kennedy-Schelkunoff Professor of Astronomy, Mount Holyoke College

    M. Darby Dyar

    M. Darby Dyar

    Deputy PI, Theme 4 Lead

    Kennedy-Schelkunoff Professor of Astronomy, Mount Holyoke College

    The primary goal of Darby's research is to understand how hydrogen and oxygen are distributed throughout our solar system, particularly in terrestrial bodies such as the Earth, the Moon, Mars, and the parent bodies of meteorites. Darby uses several different types of spectroscopy to study rocks that originated from 90- to 0-km depth in the Earth, as well as lunar rocks and Martian meteorite samples collected from Antarctica. As the RIS4E deputy-PI, and Theme 4 lead, Darby contributes to both Themes 1 and 4, leading activities involving multivariate analyses and synchrotron and TEM characterization of redox states at sub-micron scales. She supervises the preparation of mineral separates and acquisition of Mössbauer and XAS spectra and serves as a mentor for undergraduate students.
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    Jacob Bleacher

    Jacob Bleacher

    Theme 2 Lead

    Research Scientist and Lead Scientist for Human Exploration Systems Projects at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

    Jacob Bleacher

    Jacob Bleacher

    Theme 2 Lead

    Research Scientist and Lead Scientist for Human Exploration Systems Projects at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

    Jake's research focuses on comparing the development of volcanic provinces on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and asteroids and understanding their subsequent modification through a combination of terrestrial field studies and spacecraft data analysis. His current research combines field work, geomorphology, volcanology, planetary geology, and remote sensing. He also combines his expertise in field and planetary geology to test the science capabilities of NASA’s newest instrument, suit and rover technologies via collaborations with other NASA Centers and academia. As the Theme 2 lead, Jake is organizing and implementing field campaign planning and logistics, operations in the field, and post-field deployment analysis of field data. He is also supporting specific field tasks that are led by Co-Is Garry and Rogers related to the operation of portable DGPS/GPR and geochemistry/mineralogy instruments, and will support evaluation of instrument software approaches. Jake will mentor our future postdoc, Kelsey Young, and will co-mentor undergraduate interns from the US Naval Academy in all years of the project.
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    Noah Petro

    Noah Petro

    Executive Committee; Co-I, Theme 1

    Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Noah Petro

    Noah Petro

    Executive Committee; Co-I, Theme 1

    Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Noah is the Deputy Project Scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, currently orbiting the Moon. His research interests include lunar geology, impact cratering, remote sensing, planetary regoliths, education and public outreach. Noah serves on the RIS4E executive committee and contributes to Theme 1 research, focusing on the effects of temperature on Modified Gaussian Model analysis of lunar, synthetic, and CM and ordinary chondrite samples. He actively participates in the RIS4E E/PO activities, working with the E/PO lead Hsu and assisting in the development of RIS4E educational products.
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    Andrea Jones

    Andrea Jones

    E/PO Lead

    Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

    Andrea Jones

    Andrea Jones

    E/PO Lead

    Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

    Andrea is an Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Specialist at the Planetary Science Institute, based out of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. In addition to her duties as the RIS4E E/PO lead, she is also the Informal Education Lead for the NASA Earth Science E/PO Forum and Co-Lead for the NASA Planetary Science E/PO Forum Engaging Underserved Audiences Task Force. She conducts E/PO activities for NASA planetary missions, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover mission as part of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite E/PO team, and the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission. She received my undergraduate degree in Geology from the College of William & Mary, and her master’s degree in Geosciences, with a focus in Planetary Geology, from the University of Arizona.
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Meet the Co-Investigators

  • Zaven Arzoumanian

    Zaven Arzoumanian

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Senior Research Scientist, X-ray Astrophysics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Zaven Arzoumanian

    Zaven Arzoumanian

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Senior Research Scientist, X-ray Astrophysics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Zaven's research interests include high-energy and radio astronomy of neutron stars and black holes, gravitation, astronomical instrumentation, interferometry, diffractometry, and signal processing. He is the deputy-PI of the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission. As a RIS4E Theme 2 Co-I, Zaven acquires XRD/XRF data from field samples using the Goddard CMIST instrument. He is developing and assessing instrument analysis software approaches to produce actionable information that reduces user workload during field work.
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  • Elizabeth Bass

    Elizabeth Bass

    Co-Investigator, E/PO

    Visiting Associate Professor, School of Journalism; Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University

    Elizabeth Bass

    Elizabeth Bass

    Co-Investigator, E/PO

    Visiting Associate Professor, School of Journalism; Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University

    Liz is a veteran journalist with a specialty in medical writing and editing. At Newsday, where she worked for 20 years, she ran the features copy desk, served as deputy national editor and deputy foreign editor, and shaped special projects for the New York City edition. She currently serves as the Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. As an E/PO Co-I, Liz is taking the lead in developing and conducting communications workshops for SSERVI participants. She is also coordinating School of Journalism role in Special Topics courses and Field Excursion experiences for journalism students.
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  • Lora Bleacher

    Lora Bleacher

    Co-Investigator, E/PO

    Education and Public Outreach Lead, Solar System Exploration Division, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center

    Lora Bleacher

    Lora Bleacher

    Co-Investigator, E/PO

    Education and Public Outreach Lead, Solar System Exploration Division, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center

    With a background in both planetary geology and museum studies, Lora's expertise and interest lies in sharing planetary science with the public. In her role as the Education and Public Outreach Lead of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, she develops and executes the E/PO programs of various NASA programs and missions. This includes developing education products, exhibits, educator professional development experiences, and public engagement programs in a variety of settings. As a RIS4E E/PO Co-I, Lora assists in the development and implementation of all RIS4E educational materials and programs. She is also working to incorporate RIS4E content into existing and future E/PO activities held at GSFC as appropriate.
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  • Thomas Burbine

    Thomas Burbine

    Co-Investigator, Theme 1

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Mount Holyoke College

    Thomas Burbine

    Thomas Burbine

    Co-Investigator, Theme 1

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Mount Holyoke College

    Tom's research interests include linking particular meteorite types to specific asteroids. Tom is Director of Mount Holyoke College's Williston Observatory and a collaborator on the OSIRIS-REx mission to return a sample from an asteroid. As a RIS4E Co-Investigator, Tom contributes to Theme 1, assisting in activities related to space weathering on near Earth asteroid (NEA) surfaces and determining NEA mineralogies.
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  • Lynn Carter

    Lynn Carter

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Lynn Carter

    Lynn Carter

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Lynn’s research interests include volcanism and impact cratering on the terrestrial planets, surface properties of asteroids and outer Solar System moons, and the development of radar remote sensing techniques. She is currently a Co-I on the SHARAD radar instrument on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and a Participating Scientist on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mini-RF team. She is also Co-I on a project to map the lunar nearside using ground-based radar (Arecibo Observatory and the Green Bank Telescope), and Co-I on a National Lunar Science Institute node based at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. As a RIS4E Co-I, Lynn contributes to Theme 2, and in particular collects data using ground penetrating radar (GPR) at the Hawaii and Potrillo Volcanic Field sites. Lynn processes the GPR data and collaborates with Theme 2 participants on both the science and field approach analyses.
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  • Bradley De Gregorio

    Bradley De Gregorio

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Contractor, Naval Research Laboratory

    Bradley De Gregorio

    Bradley De Gregorio

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Contractor, Naval Research Laboratory

    Brad primarily studies organic matter in geologic samples and planetary materials, such as meteorites. The specific techniques that he uses probe the structural order, local bonding environment, and organic functional group chemistry of carbonaceous matter in rocks and meteorites. As a RIS4E Co-I, Brad contributes to Themes 1 and 4, assisting Co-I Rhonda Stroud in supervising proposed TEM activities and maintaining instrumentation essential for such activities. Brad will also mentor a postdoctoral researcher at the Naval Research Lab.
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  • Bruce Demple

    Bruce Demple

    Co-Investigator, Theme 3

    Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

    Bruce Demple

    Bruce Demple

    Co-Investigator, Theme 3

    Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

    Bruce's research engages a range of topics at the intersection of biomedicine and the environment. This interest has been driven by trying to understand how cells defend against damaging molecules that are endogenous to cells but also produced by environmental agents. One strong theme has been defining the biochemical and biological functions of repair pathways for oxidative DNA damage. Another major theme of Bruce's work has been discovering and defining genetic regulatory systems that govern cellular responses to oxidative stress and nitric oxide. As a RIS4E Co-I, Bruce will carry out studies in human cell lines of the genetic toxicology of various simulation materials and lunar dust samples. Bruce also mentors a graduate student who will assist in these studies.
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  • Christopher Edwards

    Christopher Edwards

    Co-Investigator, Theme 1

    Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University

    Christopher Edwards

    Christopher Edwards

    Co-Investigator, Theme 1

    Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University

    Christopher is a planetary geologist and spectroscopist. Edwards has collaborated extensively with the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, 2001 Mars Odyssey Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) and Mars Exploration Rovers Mini-Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) science teams during. His research focuses on the composition, physical properties and processes, and morphology of planetary surfaces, with an emphasis on Mars and the Earth. A major element of his research has been the design and development of infrared remote sensing instruments for use in the laboratory and for fieldwork. His research uses infrared spectroscopy, radiometry, laboratory spectroscopic measurements, geologic field observations, and numerical modeling, and has taken him to field sites in the western U.S., Yellowstone, Hawaii, and Spain, as well as the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan. As a RIS4E Co-I Christopher will assist the team in using newly acquired laboratory spectroscopic data to interpret a variety of remote sensing data sets.
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  • Brent Garry

    Brent Garry

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Brent Garry

    Brent Garry

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Brent studies volcanism on Earth, the Moon, and Mars. His research involves the study of terrestrial lava flows, which serve as analogs that he compares to volcanoes and lava flows on the Moon and Mars to better understand their eruption processes and geologic history. Brent has ongoing research projects to study lava flows in Hawaii, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, and Iceland. He also served as a Participating Scientist on NASA’s Dawn and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) missions. As a RIS4E Co-I, Brent serves as the differential global positioning system (DGPS) and ground penetrating radar (GPR) instrument lead on Theme 2 for field campaigns in Hawaii and New Mexico. He is involved in field planning, observations, and data analysis for these tasks and serves as a mentor for undergraduate students.
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  • Antonio Lanzirotti

    Antonio Lanzirotti

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Senior Research Associate, Center for Advanced Radiation Sources, University of Chicago

    Antonio Lanzirotti

    Antonio Lanzirotti

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Senior Research Associate, Center for Advanced Radiation Sources, University of Chicago

    Tony is a geochemist with interest in environmental and planetary sciences. He utilizes synchrotron X-ray sources to probe the chemical composition of samples at microscopic scales and is the former chair of the National Synchrotron Light Source Users' Executive Committee. As a RIS4E Co-I, Tony will contribute to Theme 4, performing X-ray fluorescence, X-ray absorption, and X-ray diffraction analyses on extraterrestrial materials including all aspects of technique development and data analysis.
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  • Sridhar Mahadevan

    Sridhar Mahadevan

    Co-Investigator, Theme 1

    Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    Sridhar Mahadevan

    Sridhar Mahadevan

    Co-Investigator, Theme 1

    Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    Sridhar's research has spanned many areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the past 20 years. A core interest in the past few years is on algorithms for learning low-dimensional representations of high-dimensional data. His recent work has focused on investigating representation discovery in a variety of settings, including decision-theoretic planning and reinforcement learning, transfer learning, natural language processing, and robotics. He is also investigating scalable online convex optimization methods, such as mirror descent, and their application to reinforcement learning and representation discovery. As a RIS4E Co-I, Sridhar will will develop machine learning tools for analysis of reflectance, X-ray absorption, and electron energy loss spectra. He will also co-advise a graduate student with Co-I Dyar.
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  • Hanna Nekvasil

    Hanna Nekvasil

    Co-Investator, Theme 1

    Professor of Geochemistry at Stony Brook University

    Hanna Nekvasil

    Hanna Nekvasil

    Co-Investator, Theme 1

    Professor of Geochemistry at Stony Brook University

    Hanna's research focuses on the effects of magmas and the fluids that they produce on planetary crust evolution. Her group’s research combines analytical studies of meteorites and returned samples with experimental simulations of processes ranging from igneous fractionation, to high temperature metamorphism, and fluid/rock interactions. As a Co-Investigator, Hanna will work with a graduate student to develop and implement new techniques to synthesize mineral and rock samples under conditions found on airless bodies. She will work with all themes requiring samples in order to leverage effort and maximize data yield.
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  • John Parise

    John Parise

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Distinguished Professor of Geosciences and Chemistry, Stony Brook University

    John Parise

    John Parise

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Distinguished Professor of Geosciences and Chemistry, Stony Brook University

    John is a mineralogist and crystallographer interested in synthesis of mineral analogues and the determination of their atomic arrangements under "operating conditions". He uses x-rays in the laboratory and at synchrotron storage rings to study materials as a function of environmental conditions. As a RIS4E Co-I, John will participate in Theme 4, mentoring a graduate student and using X-ray scattering to determine the molecular structures of synthesized and natural samples.
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  • Deanne Rogers

    Deanne Rogers

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Stony Brook University.

    Deanne Rogers

    Deanne Rogers

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Stony Brook University.

    The principal objective of Deanne’s research is to better understand the volcanic, aqueous, and sedimentary histories of planetary surfaces that we cannot study in-situ. She uses remote sensing techniques, statistical methods, laboratory spectroscopy, and field studies of planetary analog surfaces on Earth to investigate the variety of surface processes that occur on other planets. As a Co-Investigator, Deanne is leading the geochemistry/mineralogy efforts in Theme 2. She is also serving as a mentor for a RIS4E graduate student and an undergraduate intern.
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  • Martin Schoonen

    Martin Schoonen

    Co-Investigator, Theme 3

    Professor of Geochemistry at Stony Brook University; Chair of Environmental Sciences, Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Martin Schoonen

    Martin Schoonen

    Co-Investigator, Theme 3

    Professor of Geochemistry at Stony Brook University; Chair of Environmental Sciences, Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Martin's research interests focus on the reactivity of earth materials under a wide range of conditions. Schoonen's research group is currently working on three major projects: heterogeneous catalysis involving mineral surfaces; carbon capture and storage; and medical geology. As the Theme 3 lead, Martin is co-supervising two graduate students and contributing to the reactive and toxicity studies of lunar simulants, synthetic materials, and natural lunar soils and meteoritic material. He directly oversees the biopersistence experiments and the experiments to determine the generation of reactive oxygen species in particulate suspensions.
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  • Rhonda Stroud

    Rhonda Stroud

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Head, Nanoscale Materials Section, US Naval Research Laboratory

    Rhonda Stroud

    Rhonda Stroud

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Head, Nanoscale Materials Section, US Naval Research Laboratory

    Rhonda is the head of the Nanoscale Materials Section at the Naval Research Laboratory, conducting basic research on nanoscale materials using transmission electron microscopy. As a RIS4E Co-I, Rhonda will contribute to Theme 4 and lead the transmission electron microscopy analysis of natural and irradiated minerals and supervise a postdoctoral associate.
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  • Stephen Sutton

    Stephen Sutton

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Senior Scientist, Department of Geophysical Sciences and Center for Advanced Radiation Sources, University of Chicago

    Stephen Sutton

    Stephen Sutton

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Senior Scientist, Department of Geophysical Sciences and Center for Advanced Radiation Sources, University of Chicago

    Steve's research focuses on the development and application of synchrotron x-ray microanalysis instrumentation and methods for trace element quantification using the x-ray fluorescence microprobe and chemical speciation determinations using x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Research problems include the chemical evolution of primitive extraterrestrial materials, e.g., interplanetary dust particles, comet dust, meteorites; speciation and mobility of toxic and radioactive species in the contaminated soils; and direct determination of the oxidation states of minerals and glasses. As a RIS4E Co-I, Steve will contribute to Theme 4, performing X-ray fluorescence, X-ray absorption, and X-ray diffraction analyses on extraterrestrial materials including all aspects of technique development and data analysis.
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  • Juergen Thieme

    Juergen Thieme

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Group Leader for Sub-micron Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy at NSLS-II, Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Juergen Thieme

    Juergen Thieme

    Co-Investigator, Theme 4

    Group Leader for Sub-micron Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy at NSLS-II, Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Juergen leads the Submicron Resolution X-Ray (SRX) spectroscopy beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. As the group leader, Juergen works closely with the user community to define the scientific mission and technical requirements for the state-of-the-art undulator-based submicron resolution spectroscopy beamline and for its design, construction, and commissioning. He is also be responsible for developing and managing the scientific research program. As a RIS4E Co-I, Juergen will contribute to Themes 1 and 4, conducting X-ray analysis of experimentally space weathered materials, implementing newly developed instruments on SRX.
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  • Styliani-Anna Tsirka

    Styliani-Anna Tsirka

    Co-Investigator, Theme 3

    Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

    Styliani-Anna Tsirka

    Styliani-Anna Tsirka

    Co-Investigator, Theme 3

    Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

    Stella's research interests concern the communication, signaling events and cell-cell interactions between neurons and microglia subsequent to normal or exaggerated stimulation of the central nervous system that lead to reorganization of neuronal connections in the brain or neuronal cell death. As a RIS4E Co-I, Stella Will contribute to Theme 3 by examining the effects of simulated or natural lunar soils on cell lines and tissue, assessing the inflammatory response generated. She will also mentor a graduate student and coordinate placements into summer and academic year undergraduate student research projects.
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  • Kelsey Young

    Kelsey Young

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Exploration Scientist at UTEP/Jacobs at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Kelsey Young

    Kelsey Young

    Co-Investigator, Theme 2

    Exploration Scientist at UTEP/Jacobs at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Kelsey graduated with her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University in May 2014. Her thesis work was designed both to investigate the bombardment history of the inner Solar System through conducting fieldwork at terrestrial impact structures and subsequently to establish the utility of handheld geochemical instrumentation in planetary surface exploration. During her graduate work, Kelsey also worked at NASA JSC on a GSRP Fellowship where she evaluated the efficacy of incorporating handheld X-ray fluorescence technology into future manned spaceflight missions. From this work, and through her time with several of NASA’s emerging robotic technologies, she has developed an understanding of the many uses of terrestrial analog sites in developing equipment and protocols necessary for planetary surface exploration. She brings this expertise to the RIS4E team while she supports the Theme 2 goals of incorporating portable geochemical technologies into terrestrial fieldwork designed to prepare for future planetary surface missions.
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Meet the Collaborators

  • Neil Bowles

    Neil Bowles

    Collaborator

    University Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

    Neil Bowles

    Neil Bowles

    Collaborator

    University Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

    Neil's main research interests are in laboratory measurements that help analyze and interpret data returned from space-based remote sensing and in-situ instruments for landers. He also works on developing new space-based instrumentation to study objects as diverse as the surfaces of asteroids, the icy satellites of the outer planets and the Moon and look for trace gases of biological interest in the atmosphere of Mars. As a RIS4E collaborator, Neil will assist in the collection and interpretation of mid-infrared emissivity spectra acquired in simulated lunar and asteroid environments.
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  • Ed Cloutis

    Ed Cloutis

    Collaborator

    Professor, Department of Geography, University of Winnipeg

    Ed Cloutis

    Ed Cloutis

    Collaborator

    Professor, Department of Geography, University of Winnipeg

    Ed is the Director of HOSERLab at the University of Winnipeg – a state-of-the-art facility designed to conduct spectroscopic analysis of planetary materials and analogues. HOSERLab includes a wide array of field-portable instruments for on-site investigations of terrestrial analogue sites of planetary environments. His research focuses on applying reflectance spectroscopy to determining the composition of planetary surfaces and how different processes affect the surficial geology of planetary bodies. As a RIS4E collaborator, Ed will work with the team to study spectrum-altering effects of space weathering on airless bodies, develop scientific field methods for human exploration, assist in conducting field analogue studies using field-portable equipment, and perform spectroscopic analysis of new planetary analogue materials.
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  • Harold Connolly, Jr.

    Harold Connolly, Jr.

    Collaborator

    Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York

    Harold Connolly, Jr.

    Harold Connolly, Jr.

    Collaborator

    Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York

    Harold's research interests include the formation and alteration of chondrules and the petrogenesis of Ca,Al-rich Inclusions in primitive meteorites. He is the Mission Sample Scientist for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. As a RIS4E collaborator, Harold will provide the team with advice on meteorite sample measurements and serve as a liaison between the OSIRIS-REx and RIS4E teams.
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  • Denton Ebel

    Denton Ebel

    Collaborator

    Curator (Meteorites) Chair, Division of Physical Sciences, American Museum of Natural History

    Denton Ebel

    Denton Ebel

    Collaborator

    Curator (Meteorites) Chair, Division of Physical Sciences, American Museum of Natural History

    Denton is the curator of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) meteorite collection. One focus of his research is modeling how gas, solid, and melt phases interact at high temperatures and low pressures, to understand the formation of the first solids, and molten (liquid) rock droplets in the solar system, which eventually led to the accretion of the planets. He also applies x-ray CT-scanning and microscopic imaging to meteorites to get 2 and 3-dimensional images of how they are put together. As a RIS4E collaborator, Denton is providing the team with meteorites from the AMNH collection for spectroscopic analyses. He and Collaborator Harlow will curate each sample analyzed by the team for use by future researchers. Denton will also co-mentor a postdoctoral researcher on mineral spectroscopy with PI Glotch.
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  • David Ecker

    David Ecker

    Co-Investigator, IT Lead

    Director of Research Technologies, Stony Brook University

    David Ecker

    David Ecker

    Co-Investigator, IT Lead

    Director of Research Technologies, Stony Brook University

    In his role as Director of Research Technologies at Stony Brook University, David focuses on strategic planning, partnering with researchers and developing best practices for the Stony Brook research community. He brings a background from management, client interactions, and system management to this role. As a RIS4E Co-I, David is leading the IT integration effort at Stony Brook and actively participating in SSERVI IT Working Group meetings as needed. He works with the RIS4E team to ensure that each team member has the capability to fully participate in all virtual meetings.
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  • Cindy Evans

    Cindy Evans

    Collaborator

    Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) division Chief at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Cindy Evans

    Cindy Evans

    Collaborator

    Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) division Chief at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Cindy currently manages NASA’s Astromaterials Curation Office, home to all of NASA’s extraterrestrial samples (Apollo Lunar samples, Antarctic meteorites, cosmic dust from the Earth’s stratosphere, comet and interstellar space samples from the Stardust mission, solar wind particles collected by the Genesis spacecraft, and asteroid grains returned by Japan’s Hayabusa mission.) She learned the trade as an igneous petrologist, studying rocks from the Earth’s ocean basins, and has since spent more than 25 years planning Earth observations from human space missions and training astronauts in Earth observations in both classroom and field settings. Her recent research includes using terrestrial analogs as test beds for new diagnostic tools and facilities that will aid future human crews during field exploration on other planetary surfaces. As the PI for JSC’s GeoLab test facility, Cindy managed the planning, construction and testing of the habitat-based laboratory. GeoLab was twice deployed to an analog field site for extended testing of crew operations and mission benefits related to the in-situ characterization of geological samples; post-doc researcher Kelsey Young was also a GeoLab collaborator.
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  • Richard Fahey

    Richard Fahey

    Collaborator

    Space Chair Professor, U. S. Naval Academy

    Richard Fahey

    Richard Fahey

    Collaborator

    Space Chair Professor, U. S. Naval Academy

    Richard is an astrophysicist whose research interests include gravitational waves, cosmology, and active galactic nuclei. As a RIS4E collaborator, Richard will work with Co-I's Bleacher and Garry to identify U. S. Naval Academy undergraduate researchers to participate in field work in Hawaii and New Mexico.
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  • William Farrell

    William Farrell

    Collaborator

    Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    William Farrell

    William Farrell

    Collaborator

    Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Bill's research interest include the study of lightning storms at Earth and the planets, the dusty plasma environment at planetary moons and asteroids, the space environment at our own Moon, and atmospheric breakdown in Mars dust storms. He is a co-investigator on the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Solar Probe Plus mission, and Wind spacecraft. Bill is also the PI of the DREAM2 SSERVI team based at Goddard Space Flight Center. As a RIS4E collaborator, Bill will work with PI Glotch to ensure effective collaboration between the RIS4E and DREAM2 teams.
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  • Rick Firstman

    Rick Firstman

    Collaborator

    Journalist and Adjunct Professor, Stony Brook University School of Journalism

    Rick Firstman

    Rick Firstman

    Collaborator

    Journalist and Adjunct Professor, Stony Brook University School of Journalism

    Rick Firstman is a journalist, author and adjunct professor who teaches in Stony Brook's graduate program in science journalism and leads workshops in Distilling Your Message for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. His eight books include The Death of Innocents, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won an Edgar Award. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate journalism courses at Stony Brook, Rick writes produces web content about scientific research for the City University of New York. Rick spent 16 years as a staff writer and editor at Newsday, where he won many national and regional awards. His work has appeared in a variety of magazines and on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
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  • George Harlow

    George Harlow

    Collaborator

    Curator, Division of Physical Sciences, American Museum of Natural History

    George Harlow

    George Harlow

    Collaborator

    Curator, Division of Physical Sciences, American Museum of Natural History

    George's research interests focus on the chemistry and structure of minerals as tools for understanding their origin and the record of geological processes they contain. He has worked continuously on developing a set of well-characterized mineral standards for spectroscopy by astrophysicists and planetary scientists. As a RIS4E collaborator, George will provide samples from the AMNH mineral collection for x-ray absorption and infrared spectroscopic characterization. Working with collaborator Ebel, he will also curate all of the samples synthesized by Co-I Nekvasil and her students as part of Theme 1.
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  • Jennifer Heldmann

    Jennifer Heldmann

    Collaborator

    Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

    Jennifer Heldmann

    Jennifer Heldmann

    Collaborator

    Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

    Jen's research interests focus on studies of the Moon and Mars. Her Mars work focuses on martian and terrestrial gully features which can be indicative of geologically recent liquid water activity. Her lunar work focuses on improving our understanding of lunar volatile deposits. She was a member of the LCROSS lunar impact team and is currently a member of the Resource Prospector Mission science team. Jen is also the PI of the FINESSE SSERI team. As a RIS4E collaborator, Jen will work with PI Glotch to ensure effective collaboration between the RIS4E and FINESSE teams.
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  • Scott Hughes

    Scott Hughes

    Collaborator

    Professor of Geosciences, Idaho State University

    Scott Hughes

    Scott Hughes

    Collaborator

    Professor of Geosciences, Idaho State University

    Scott's research interests include physical volcanology, geochemistry, and petrogenesis of mafic eruptive centers on the eastern Snake River Plain, geomorphology of eastern Snake River Plain analogues to Mars and Lunar volcanism, and geochemistry and field geology of volcanic systems in south-central Idaho. He is also interested in the geochemistry of Columbia River basalt feeder dikes in northeastern Oregon and western Idaho and the geochemistry of deep crust massifs in the Appalachian Blue Ridge anticlinorium of Virginia.
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  • Jose Hurtado

    Jose Hurtado

    Collaborator

    Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso

    Jose Hurtado

    Jose Hurtado

    Collaborator

    Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso

    Jose's research includes the characterization of Quaternary faulting in the El Paso area and its implication for seismic risk. He is also interested in the development of handheld field computer systems for the application of GIS and GPS in field data collection. Projects in development include thermochronology in British Columbia, seismotectonics in Bhutan, and neotectonics in northern Mexico. As a RIS4E collaborator, Jose will contribute to Theme 2 by participating in field activities in the Potrillo Volcanic Field, NM and subsequent data analyses.
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  • Lindsay Keller

    Lindsay Keller

    Collaborator

    Planetary Scientist, NASA Johnson Space Center

    Lindsay Keller

    Lindsay Keller

    Collaborator

    Planetary Scientist, NASA Johnson Space Center

    Lindsay's research interests include early solar system processes, the nature of comets, the mineralogy of interstellar dust and dust from other stars, space weathering processes on the moon and asteroids, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and associated techniques, and infrared spectroscopy. As a RIS4E collaborator, Lindsay will contribute his expertise in space weathering processes and TEM analysis to the space weathering experiments performed in Theme 1 and analysis of synthetic and naturally space weathered materials in Theme 4.
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  • Donald Lindsley

    Donald Lindsley

    Collaborator

    Distinguished Professor of Geosciences Emeritus, Stony Brook University

    Donald Lindsley

    Donald Lindsley

    Collaborator

    Distinguished Professor of Geosciences Emeritus, Stony Brook University

    Don's research interests aim at understanding the origin and conditions of formation of a variety of rocks and minerals. An important aspect of this work is the calibration of various geothermometers and geobarometers. Don uses the tools of experimental, theoretical, and field petrology to investigate a range of petrological and mineralogical problems. His most active interest at present is studying the origin and evolution of intraplate magmas, especially testing the hypothesis that fractional crystallization can account for much of the diversity of both oceanic and continental intraplate magma suites. As a RIS4E collaborator, Don will contribute his substantial expertise in experimental petrology and mineral synthesis to assist Co-I Nekvasil and her students in synthesizing a suite of pristine planetary analog materials.
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  • Derek Lowenstein

    Derek Lowenstein

    Collaborator

    Senior Physicist (Ret.), Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Derek Lowenstein

    Derek Lowenstein

    Collaborator

    Senior Physicist (Ret.), Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Derek's research interests focus on understanding the effects of space radiation on living organisms. He is the principal investigator of the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at Brookhaven National Laboratory. As a RIS4E collaborator, Derek will assist with space weathering experiments at the Tandem Negative Ion Accelerator at BNL.
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  • Molly McCanta

    Molly McCanta

    Collaborator

    Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Tufts University

    Molly McCanta

    Molly McCanta

    Collaborator

    Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Tufts University

    Molly’s research focuses on the mineralogy and igneous petrology of meteorites and other planetary materials. She investigates magmatic conditions by determining mineral partitioning behavior of various phases (i.e., glass, olivine, pyroxene) and applies this knowledge to terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials. Molly’s lab group utilizes 1-atmosphere experiments combined with multiple analytical techniques (EPMA, SEM, SIMS, microXANES, wet chemistry) to better constrain the pre-eruptive and eruptive conditions experienced by many types of igneous rocks.
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  • Scott McLennan

    Scott McLennan

    Collaborator

    Professor of Geosciences, Stony Brook University

    Scott McLennan

    Scott McLennan

    Collaborator

    Professor of Geosciences, Stony Brook University

    Scott's research interests lie in evaluating the evolution of planetary crusts and surficial processes using the chemical composition of sedimentary rocks and laboratory experiments that simulate a variety of sedimentary processes. He has been involved with evaluating the chemical and mineralogical composition of Martian surface materials in terms of sedimentary provenance, sedimentary processes, and crustal evolution, acting as a member of the Mars Odyssey Gamma Ray Spectrometer, Mars Exploration Rover, and Mars Science Laboratory science teams. As a RIS4E collaborator, Scott will work with Co-I's Hurowitz and Schoonen to understand the reactivity of synthetic and natural planetary materials.
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  • Harold Metcalf

    Harold Metcalf

    Collaborator

    Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University

    Harold Metcalf

    Harold Metcalf

    Collaborator

    Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University

    Hal is a laser physicist who's early work with N2 pumped dye lasers involved precision measurements in atoms. Later his group studied the OH free radical and the Stark effect in Rydberg atoms. His work on laser cooling began in 1981 and was extended to sub-Doppler cooling, quantum states of motion, dark states, and magnetic effects. More recently he has focused on ultra-strong optical forces with a huge velocity capture range provided by non-monochromatic light. As a RIS4E collaborator, Hal will guide advise the team on its space weathering experiments using a tunable nanosecond pulsed laser.
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  • Paul Niles

    Paul Niles

    Collaborator

    Planetary Scientist and Science Lead for the Future Capabilities Team (FCT) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Paul Niles

    Paul Niles

    Collaborator

    Planetary Scientist and Science Lead for the Future Capabilities Team (FCT) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Paul is a planetary geologist and analytical geochemist at Johnson Space Center (JSC). He is mainly interested in interpreting the geologic conditions of past aqueous environments on Earth, Mars, and meteorite parent bodies. He seeks to answer questions regarding the temperatures, time scales, nature of water-rock interaction, and chemical characteristics of these ancient aqueous systems with the final goal of assessing their suitability for sustaining life. He researches these questions through high resolution chemical and stable isotopic measurements of secondary minerals using a variety of instruments including the ion microprobe (SIMS). In addition, he uses laboratory experiments to simulate the ancient aqueous environments in order to better understand the complex micro-scale relationships found in the rock record.
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  • Stephen Scheidt

    Stephen Scheidt

    Collaborator

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona

    Stephen Scheidt

    Stephen Scheidt

    Collaborator

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona

    Stephen is a postdoctoral researcher working at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona. His previous graduate and postdoctoal work focused on using satellite remote sensing data to map mineralogy and model thermal inertia on Earth and Mars. He is bringing his expertise as a GIS specialist and photogrammetrist to the RIS4E team to support the Theme 2 goals by collecting digital aerial images of field sites. Stephen designed and built a terrain-mapping kite system that collects high resolution images, which are processed using multi-view stereo photogrammetry techniques into ultrahigh spatial resolution digital terrain models and orthomosaics.
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  • Derek Sears

    Derek Sears

    Collaborator

    Senior Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

    Derek Sears

    Derek Sears

    Collaborator

    Senior Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

    Derek's research interests involve laboratory studies of extraterrestrial materials, especially meteorites and lunar samples, mostly using thermoluminescence and cathodoluminescence. His other interests include the history of meteoritics and planetary science and educational outreach. He is also the owner/editor of Meteorite magazine.
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  • Barbara Selvin

    Barbara Selvin

    Collaborator

    Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University

    Barbara Selvin

    Barbara Selvin

    Collaborator

    Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University

    Barbara became the first full-time professor in the School of Journalism in January 2007. She has also taught journalism at Queens College and Hofstra University. At Stony Brook, she teaches beat reporting and news writing. She created a grammar lab for the school’s introductory reporting class and is developing a quantitative literacy lab that will train journalism students to use numbers authoritatively. She inaugurated the school’s Journalism 24/7 course, which examines the impact of the digital revolution on journalism and journalists. As a RIS4E collaborator, Barbara will develop and teach an undergraduate science journalism course and aid the team in selecting science journalism students to accompany the team on field excursions to Hawaii and New Mexico. In 2005, Selvin was recognized as one of the university’s top teachers when she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as Part-Time Faculty.
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  • Chip Shearer

    Chip Shearer

    Collaborator

    Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Meteoritics, University of New Mexico

    Chip Shearer

    Chip Shearer

    Collaborator

    Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Meteoritics, University of New Mexico

    Charles “Chip” Shearer is a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Meteoritics and Research Professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. from the University of New Hampshire, and his B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont. He was a Faculty Fellow at both Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories and a Visiting Research Fellow at Tsukuba University, Japan. He has 30 years of experience applying new analytical technologies to the study of samples from the Moon, Mars, and other planetary bodies. Chip is author of over 190 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts. He is co-editor of the “New Views of the Moon” book which was recently translated into Chinese. He is an organizer, member, and chair of numerous NASA, USRA, and National Academy of Science initiatives and analysis groups (e.g. chair of CAPTEM, LEAG) related to the future vision for robotic and human exploration of the Solar System. Chip is Deputy Principle Investigator for the future MoonRise Robotic Sample Return Mission to (and back from) the South Pole of the Moon.
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  • Brian Shiro

    Brian Shiro

    Collaborator

    Supervisory Geophysicist, USGS

    Brian Shiro

    Brian Shiro

    Collaborator

    Supervisory Geophysicist, USGS

    Brian's research interests involve applying geophysical techniques to explore the subsurface of the Moon and Mars, finding resources that can help future astronauts live off the land. His past projects at terrestrial analog sites include using electromagnetic methods to search for groundwater on Devon Island, seismic refraction to image a buried paleochannel feature in Utah, electrical resistivity to search for permafrost on Mauna Kea, and field test operations for NASA's RESOLVE lunar prospector rover prototype in Hawaii. He is also a Collaborator on NASA's HI-SEAS planetary surface exploration program and the InSight Mission's science team. As a RIS4E Collaborator, Brian will contribute to Theme 2 by participating in field activities and associated data analyses related to the study of lava tubes in Hawaii and/or New Mexico.
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  • Peter Thieberger

    Peter Thieberger

    Collaborator

    Senior Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Peter Thieberger

    Peter Thieberger

    Collaborator

    Senior Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Peter is a nuclear physicist and director of the Tandem negative ion source at Brookhaven National Laboratory. As a RIS4E collaborator, Peter will guide the team in H- irradiation experiments to simulate the effects of solar wind interaction with airless body surfaces.
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  • Patrick Whelley

    Patrick Whelley

    Collaborator

    NPP Postdoctoral Researcher, Goddard Space Flight Center

    Patrick Whelley

    Patrick Whelley

    Collaborator

    NPP Postdoctoral Researcher, Goddard Space Flight Center

    Patrick is a geologist who studies volcanic and aeolian processes and products on terrestrial planets. His work includes volcano and aeolian studies using a combination of remote sensing and in-situ observations. He has a BS and MS from Arizona State University and a PhD from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and currently works as an NPP fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. With RIS4E he collects high-resolution topographic data using a terrestrial laser scanner. The data help interpret samples taken by the team, inform volcanic mapping and provide ground-truth for remote sensing measurements. Patrick is developing quantitative methods for differentiating volcanic deposits, in general, and lava textures, specifically, by characterizing patterns in surface roughness. He is also exploring changes in morphology caused by burial of lava by aeolian material.
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