PhD, Planetary Geology2017, Johns Hopkins University
MS, Planetary Geology2011, Temple University
BA, Physics2008, Houghton College
As a planetary geomorphologist, I seek to understand the evolution of planetary landscapes and the associated near-surface processes. I mainly accomplish this through analysis of remote sensing imagery and laboratory experiments. Recent key areas of focus are in quantifying the movement of aeolian bedforms on Mars using repeat orbital imagery; constraining ejecta-regolith interactions through large-scale laboratory experiments; analysis of sand grain movement on Titan through wind tunnel experiments; and constraining the lunar stratigraphic timescale with high resolution orbital imagery.
I am a science team affiliate on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt and a science team collaborator on the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera currently in orbit around Mars. I recently (summer, 2020) completed my role as project scientist for a mission concept to send an orbiter to Neptune, and I am the planetary science working group lead for the Interstellar Probe mission concept.
I am also interested in the ways in which future astronauts would enable planetary surface field geology on the Moon, asteroids, and Mars, and toward this end am interested in field geology research in analog terrestrial environments.
Notable Awards and Leadership
|2018||Houghton College Young Alumnus of the Year|
|2016||NASA New Horizons Group Achievement Award|
|2013-2017||APL Graduate Student Fellowship Award|