Research

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My research focuses on the spectral properties of ices and minerals throughout the solar system. I have been involved with several major discoveries from ground-based telescopes, orbiting satellites and landed rovers. Some of the most cited works are noted here. A full list of publications is available on a separate page.

Current  Student Projects

Victoria Auerbach – Undergraduate Honor’s student doing work on Martian polar cap recession using MARCI.

Mohammad Sadrian – PhD Student in Atmospheric Sciences developing work on the spectroscopy of mineral dust.

Current Funding

Mars Exploration Rover Mission Participating Scientist Program – Still driving Opportunity after all these years (and still listening to see if she comes back after the big dust storm).

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – MARCI/CTX cameras science team.

Recently Selected (2018)

NASA – Mars Data Analysis Program – “Compositional Investigation of Major Stratigraphic Units of the South Polar Residual Cap”  expected award dates ~ Oct. 2018 to Sept 2021. In collaboration with Kim Seelos and Frank Seelos at APL and Peter Thomas at Cornell.

NASA – Solar System Workings – “Mineralogy of Hawaiian Shield Volcano Drill Core: Implications for Surface and Subsurface Aqueous History on Mars” expected award dates ~ Jan 2019 to Dec 2021.  In collaboration with Bethany Ehlmann at Caltech and Tom Bristow at NASA Ames.

Both projects are expected to support graduate student research at UNR, please contact me if you are interested in this work.