Ph. D., AstronomyUniversity of London
B. A., PhysicsWadham College, Oxford
I am a planetary scientist whose main area of expertise is the Moon. I produced the first illumination maps of both lunar polar regions that identified the best locations for human exploration. I have research and management experience on a number of US and international space missions. I have conducted planetary analog fieldwork, including at remote locations in Antarctica. I have led multiple large research teams, including NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) and Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) teams. I enjoy conducting planetary analog fieldwork, and have twice participated in NASA sponsored Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) expeditions which involved exploring the Antarctic plateau on snowmobiles, based out of a tent camp. I have additional field experience including planetary analog locations in Hawaii and Arizona. I was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Mini-RF radar on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. In addition I have served as the Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration in NASA's Science Mission Directorate, running the Exploration Science Startegy & Integration Office. I was selected to be the Chief Exploration Scientist for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Significant responsibilities included: co-leading the Mars Human Landing Site Study and serving as the NASA representative on the International Space Exploration Coordination Group.