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Heather Meyer

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Planetary Geologist
  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences
    2018, Arizona State University
  • B.S., Geology
    2012, College of Charleston

Heather Meyer has been involved in NASA missions and instrument teams since she was an intern at APL, including the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) on the MESSENGER mission, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Europa Imaging System (EIS) on Europa Clipper. She has worked on laboratory calibration of multiple instruments, and she has experience in science planning and targeting (LROC, MESSENGER). She is currently the In-flight Calibration Lead for EIS. Her research focuses on the processes involved in the development and evolution of the solid surfaces in the Solar System, especially impact processes and volcanism, and her specialty is large impact basin geology. Heather has received multiple awards both for her research and mission participation and in recognition of her role as a young leader in the planetary community.

Notable Awards and Leadership

Year(s) Description
2018 LEAG B. Ray Hawke Next Lunar Generation Career Development Award
2014-2017 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
2017 Amelia Earhart Fellowship (declined due to change in graduation date)
2015-2017 Graduate Excellence Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University
2015 NASA Group Achievement Award, LRO Extended Science Mission Team
2012 Dwornik Award Honorable Mention, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
2012 Chair's Award, Department of Geology, College of Charleston

Scholarly Publications

The Global Distribution of Lunar Light Plains From the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 2020
H. M. Meyer, B. W. Denevi, M. S. Robinson, A. K. Boyd, (2020), The Global Distribution of Lunar Light Plains From the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets , 125, 1, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019je006073

The Global Distribution of Lunar Light Plains From the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 2020
Meyer, HM and Denevi, BW and Robinson, MS and Boyd, AK, (2020), The Global Distribution of Lunar Light Plains From the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 125, 1, e2019JE006073

High-Resolution Radar Images of Mercury from the 2019 Inferior Conjunction

LPI, 2020
Rivera-Valentin, EG and Bhiravarasu, SS and Meyer, HM and Taylor, PA and Nolan, MC and Chabot, NL and Virkki, AK, (2020), High-Resolution Radar Images of Mercury from the 2019 Inferior Conjunction, LPI, 2326, 1593

The Geology of the Smythii Basin on the Moon

LPI, 2020
Albach, RS and Meyer, HM and Stopar, JD, (2020), The Geology of the Smythii Basin on the Moon, LPI, 2326, 2826

Searching for Impact Melt in the Ejecta of Occator Crater, Ceres

LPI, 2020
Blance, AJ and Meyer, HM and Stopar, JD and Schenk, PM, (2020), Searching for Impact Melt in the Ejecta of Occator Crater, Ceres, LPI, 2326, 2963

Geologic Context and Potential EVA Targets at the Lunar South Pole

Advances in Space Research, 2020
Gawronska, AJ and Barrett, N and Boazman, SJ and Gilmour, CM and Halim, SH and McCanaan, K and Satyakumar, AV and Shah, J and Meyer, HM and Kring, DA and others, (2020), Geologic Context and Potential EVA Targets at the Lunar South Pole, Advances in Space Research

Ina, Moon: Geologic setting, scientific rationale, and site characterization for a small planetary lander concept

2019

Intrepid: Lunar Roving Prospector

AGUFM, 2019
Robinson, Mark Southwick and Blewett, David T and Frank, Elizabeth and Illsley, Peter and Lawrence, Samuel and Mahanti, Prasun and Rampe, Elizabeth B and Speyerer, Emerson J and Stopar, Julie and Tikoo, Sonia and others, (2019), Intrepid: Lunar Roving Prospector, AGUFM, 2019, P33D--03

Morphology and Physical Properties of Orientale Light Plains and Associated Flow Features

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2019
Meyer, HM and Stopar, JD and Bhiravarasu, SS and Denevi, BW and Robinson, MS, (2019), Morphology and Physical Properties of Orientale Light Plains and Associated Flow Features, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 50

Ina, Moon: Geologic setting, scientific rationale, and site characterization for a small planetary lander concept

Planetary and Space Science, 2019
Stopar, Julie D and Lawrence, Samuel J and Graham, Lee and Hamilton, Joseph and Denevi, Brett and John, Kristen K and Meyer, Heather M and Gruener, John E and Nu~nez, Jorge I and Draper, David S and others, (2019), Ina, Moon: Geologic setting, scientific rationale, and site characterization for a small planetary lander concept, Planetary and Space Science, 171, 1--16

Targeted Regolith and Impact Studies in the Next LRO Extended Mission

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2019
Meyer, HM and Hayne, PO and Ghent, RR and Denevi, BW and Cahill, JTS and Speyerer, EJ and Barker, MK and Petro, NE and Keller, JW, (2019), Targeted Regolith and Impact Studies in the Next LRO Extended Mission, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 50

Topography and Permanently Shaded Regions (PSRs) 85° S to Pole of the Moon

2019
Stopar, Julie and Meyer, Heather and others, (2019), Topography and Permanently Shaded Regions (PSRs) 85° S to Pole of the Moon

Topography and Relatively Flat Areas of the Moon’s South Polar Ridge

2019
Stopar, Julie and Meyer, Heather and others, (2019), Topography and Relatively Flat Areas of the Moon’s South Polar Ridge

Topographic Slopes (5-meter) of the Moon’s South Polar Ridge

2019
Stopar, Julie and Meyer, Heather and others, (2019), Topographic Slopes (5-meter) of the Moon’s South Polar Ridge

Topographic Map of the Moon's South Pole (80° S to Pole).

2019
Stopar, Julie and Meyer, Heather and others, (2019), Topographic Map of the Moon's South Pole (80° S to Pole).

Crater density differences: Exploring regional resurfacing, secondary crater populations, and crater saturation equilibrium on the moon

2018

Crater density differences: Exploring regional resurfacing, secondary crater populations, and crater saturation equilibrium on the Moon

Planetary and Space Science, 2018
Povilaitis, RZ and Robinson, MS and van der Bogert, CH and Hiesinger, Harald and Meyer, HM and Ostrach, LR, (2018), Crater density differences: Exploring regional resurfacing, secondary crater populations, and crater saturation equilibrium on the Moon, Planetary and Space Science, 162, 41--51

New Perspectives on Dynamic Lunar Processes I

AGU Fall Meeting 2018, 2018
Meyer, Heather M and Hurley, Dana and Klima, Rachel L and Petro, Noah E, (2018), New Perspectives on Dynamic Lunar Processes I, AGU Fall Meeting 2018

A New Global Map of Light Plains from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2018
Meyer, HM and Robinson, MS and Denevi, BW and Boyd, AK, (2018), A New Global Map of Light Plains from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 49

Flow Features among Orientale Light Plains: Implications for Basin-Scale Melt Transport

AGUFM, 2018
Meyer, Heather M and Stopar, Julie and Denevi, Brett W and Robinson, Mark Southwick, (2018), Flow Features among Orientale Light Plains: Implications for Basin-Scale Melt Transport, AGUFM, 2018, P23D--3465

Quantifying the Effect of Slope on Age Determination for a Single Geologic Event

The First Billion Years: Bombardment, 2018
Meyer, HM and Mahanti, PM and Joshi, BA and Robinson, MS, (2018), Quantifying the Effect of Slope on Age Determination for a Single Geologic Event, The First Billion Years: Bombardment, 2107

The Role of the Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers (NextGen) Group in Lunar Science and Exploration

AGUFM, 2018
Watkins, Ryan N and Ostrach, Lillian Rose and Valencia, Sarah and Bleacher, Lora and Petro, Noah E and Caswell, Tess Elaina and Fagan, Amy and Jawin, Erica R and Meyer, Heather M and Runyon, Kirby and others, (2018), The Role of the Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers (NextGen) Group in Lunar Science and Exploration, AGUFM, 2018, ED33E--1130

The Formation and Degradation of Planetary Surfaces: Impact Features and Explosive Volcanic Landforms on the Moon and Mars

PhDT, 2018
Meyer, Heather, (2018), The Formation and Degradation of Planetary Surfaces: Impact Features and Explosive Volcanic Landforms on the Moon and Mars, PhDT

A New Look at Surveyor VII from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2017
Meyer, HM and Robinson, MS and Stopar, JD, (2017), A New Look at Surveyor VII from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 48

Regional Resurfacing, Secondary Crater Populations, and Crater Saturation Equilibrium on the Moon

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2017
Povilaitis, RZ and Robinson, MS and van der Bogert, CH and Hiesinger, H and Meyer, H and Ostrach, LR, (2017), Regional Resurfacing, Secondary Crater Populations, and Crater Saturation Equilibrium on the Moon, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 48

Regional Lunar Stratigraphy Derived from CSFDs Extracted from the> 5 km Global Crater Catalog

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2017
van der Bogert, CH and Hiesinger, H and Povilaitis, RZ and Robinson, MS and Meyer, H and Ostrach, LR, (2017), Regional Lunar Stratigraphy Derived from CSFDs Extracted from the> 5 km Global Crater Catalog, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 48

Strategies for Enabling Lunar Exploration: A NextGen Perspective

2017 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, 2017
Watkins, RN and Runyon, K and Caswell, TE and Ostrach, LR and Jawin, ER and Meyer, HM and Mitchell, JL, (2017), Strategies for Enabling Lunar Exploration: A NextGen Perspective, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, 2041

Impact Craters: Size-Dependent Degration Rates

AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, 2017
Ravi, S and Mahanti, P and Meyer, HM and Robinson, MS, (2017), Impact Craters: Size-Dependent Degration Rates, AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts

The distribution and origin of lunar light plains around Orientale basin

Icarus, 2016
H.M. Meyer, B.W. Denevi, A.K. Boyd, M.S. Robinson, (2016), The distribution and origin of lunar light plains around Orientale basin, Icarus , 273, 135--145, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2016.02.014

Factors Affecting Crater Size-Frequency Distribution Measurements: Insights Supported by the LRO Mission

New Views of the Moon 2, 2016
van der Bogert, CH and Hiesinger, H and Zanetti, M and Plescia, JB and Ostrach, LR and Mahanti, P and Meyer, HM and McEwen, AS and Pasckert, JH and Michael, G and others, (2016), Factors Affecting Crater Size-Frequency Distribution Measurements: Insights Supported by the LRO Mission, New Views of the Moon 2, 1911

The distribution and origin of lunar light plains around Orientale basin

Icarus, 2016
Meyer, HM and Denevi, BW and Boyd, AK and Robinson, MS, (2016), The distribution and origin of lunar light plains around Orientale basin, Icarus, 273, 135--145

Quantifying the Effect of Slope on Crater Density: A Preliminary Overview

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2016
Meyer, HM and Mahanti, P and Robinson, MS and Boyd, AK, (2016), Quantifying the Effect of Slope on Crater Density: A Preliminary Overview, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 47, 2740

Quantifying Slope Effects and Variations in Crater Density across a Single Geologic Unit

DPS, 2016
Meyer, Heather and Mahanti, Prasun and Robinson, Mark and Povilaitis, Reinhold, (2016), Quantifying Slope Effects and Variations in Crater Density across a Single Geologic Unit, DPS, 223--04

On the usefulness of optical maturity for relative age classification of fresh craters

AGUFM, 2016
Ravi, Srinidhi and Meyer, Heather M and Mahanti, Prasun and Robinson, Mark Southwick, (2016), On the usefulness of optical maturity for relative age classification of fresh craters, AGUFM, P53A--2166

Lunar Light Plains and Cryptomaria Southwest of Orientale

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2015
Meyer, HM and Hawke, BR and Giguere, TA and Robinson, MS, (2015), Lunar Light Plains and Cryptomaria Southwest of Orientale, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 46, 1692

Moon Mineralogy Mapper Investigation of the Ina Irregular Mare Patch

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2015
Bennett, KA and Horgan, BHN and Bell, JF and Meyer, HM and Robinson, MS, (2015), Moon Mineralogy Mapper Investigation of the Ina Irregular Mare Patch, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 46, 2646

The miniature radio frequency instrument’s (Mini-RF) global observations of Earth’s Moon

Icarus, 2014
Cahill, Joshua TS and Thomson, BJ and Patterson, G Wesley and Bussey, D Benjamin J and Neish, Catherine D and Lopez, Norberto R and Turner, F Scott and Aldridge, T and McAdam, M and Meyer, HM and others, (2014), The miniature radio frequency instrument’s (Mini-RF) global observations of Earth’s Moon, Icarus, 243, 173--190

Lunar Light Plains Near the Orientale and Imbrium Basins: Results and Implications for Other Planetary Bodies

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2014
Meyer, HM and Denevi, BW and Boyd, AK and Robinson, MS, (2014), Lunar Light Plains Near the Orientale and Imbrium Basins: Results and Implications for Other Planetary Bodies, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 45, 2350

The distribution and origin of smooth plains on Mercury

2013

A New Map of the Tyre Impact Region of Europa

AGUFM, 2013
Meyer, HM and Prockter, LM, (2013), A New Map of the Tyre Impact Region of Europa, AGUFM, 2013, P53A--1830

Constraining the Ferrous Iron Content of Silicate Minerals in Mercury's Crust

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2013
Klima, RL and Izenberg, NR and Murchie, S and Meyer, HM and Stockstill-Cahill, KR and Blewett, DT and D'Amore, M and Denevi, BW and Ernst, CM and Helbert, J and others, (2013), Constraining the Ferrous Iron Content of Silicate Minerals in Mercury's Crust, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 44, 1602

The distribution and origin of smooth plains on Mercury

Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 2013
Denevi, Brett W and Ernst, Carolyn M and Meyer, Heather M and Robinson, Mark S and Murchie, Scott L and Whitten, Jennifer L and Head, James W and Watters, Thomas R and Solomon, Sean C and Ostrach, Lillian R and others, (2013), The distribution and origin of smooth plains on Mercury, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 118, 5, 891--907

CONSTRAINING THE FERROUS IRON CONTENT OF SILICATES IN MERCURY’S HIGH-AND LOW-REFLECTANCE MATERIAL

2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, 2013
KLIMA, Rachel L and IZENBERG, Noam R and HOLSCLAW, Gregory M and MURCHIE, Scott L and BLEWETT, David T and DENEVI, Brett W and ERNST, Carolyn M and MEYER, Heather M and PASHAI, Pegah and SOLOMON, Sean C, (2013), CONSTRAINING THE FERROUS IRON CONTENT OF SILICATES IN MERCURY’S HIGH-AND LOW-REFLECTANCE MATERIAL, 2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver

The Distribution and Origin of Smooth Plains on Mercury

2013
Chapman, Clark R and Denevi, Brett W and Ernst, Carolyn M and Meyer, Heather M and Robinson, Mark S and Murchie, Scott L and Whitten, Jennifer L and Head, James W and Watters, Thomas R and Solomon, Sean C and others, (2013), The Distribution and Origin of Smooth Plains on Mercury

The distribution and origin of lunar light plains around Orientale basin

LPI, 2013
Meyer, HM and Denevi, BW and Boyd, AK and Robinson, MS, (2013), The distribution and origin of lunar light plains around Orientale basin, LPI, 1719, 1539

Improving the inventory of large lunar basins: using LOLA data to test previous candidates and search for new ones

2012
Frey, Herbert V and Meyer, HM, (2012), Improving the inventory of large lunar basins: using LOLA data to test previous candidates and search for new ones

Using a New Crustal Thickness Model to Test Previous Candidate Lunar Basins and to Search for New Candidates

2012
Meyer, HM and Frey, HV, (2012), Using a New Crustal Thickness Model to Test Previous Candidate Lunar Basins and to Search for New Candidates

Exploring The Moon through a 21st Century Learning Environment of Interactive Whiteboards

AGUFM, 2012
Runyon, CJ and Hall, C and Joyner, E and Meyer, HM, (2012), Exploring The Moon through a 21st Century Learning Environment of Interactive Whiteboards, AGUFM, 2012, ED43A--0726

From the Moon: Bringing Space Science to Diverse Audiences

AGUFM, 2011
Runyon, CJ and Hall, C and Joyner, E and Meyer, HM and others, (2011), From the Moon: Bringing Space Science to Diverse Audiences, AGUFM, 2011, ED53C--0801