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Michael Phillips

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Planetary Geoscientist
  • PhD, Geology
    2021, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • MS, Geology
    2019, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • BS, Geology
    2014, Marietta College

As a planetary geoscientist, I use remote sensing data and mathematical models to understand planetary bodies, their composition, geology and geochemistry, formation histories, and potential to host life. My research has, thus far, focused on terrestrial Mars-analog environments, Mars, and Mercury. The primary data I use in my research are hyper- and multispectral reflectance and thermal emission spectra, topographic data, and various other satellite- and small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS)-based products. To augment my remote sensing approach, I conduct field work, employ numerical, analytical, and neural network models, and perform laboratory and field spectroscopy. My research is highly collaborative, and I work with leading scientists in their field at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) where I am a Research Associate, the SETI Institute (SI) where I am an affiliate, and at my home institution, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).

Notable Awards and Leadership

Year(s) Description
2021 Professional Promise Award, The University of Tennessee Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
2020 Dawn and Lawerence Taylor Doctoral Research Fellowship (6K)
2015-2019 Chancellor's Fellowship, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (24K)
2014 Phi Beta Kappa
2013 Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities

Scholarly Publications

Surface Morphologies in a Mars-Analog Ca-Sulfate Salar, High Andes, Northern Chile

Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, 2022
Nancy W. Hinman and Michael H. Hofmann and Kimberly Warren-Rhodes and Michael S. Phillips and Nora Noffke and Nathalie A. Cabrol and Guillermo Chong Diaz and Cecilia Demergasso and Cinthya Tebes-Cayo and Oscar Cabestrero and Janice L. Bishop and Virginia C. Gulick and David Summers and Pablo Sobron and Michael McInenly and Jeffrey Moersch and Constanza Rodriguez and Philippe Sarazzin and Kevin L. Rhodes and Camila Javiera Riffo Contreras and David Wettergreen and Victor Parro, (2022), Surface Morphologies in a Mars-Analog Ca-Sulfate Salar, High Andes, Northern Chile, Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, 8, https://doi.org/10.3389/fspas.2021.797591

The lifecycle of hollows on Mercury: An evaluation of candidate volatile phases and a novel model of formation

Icarus, 2021
M.S. Phillips, J.E. Moersch, C.E. Viviano, J.P. Emery, (2021), The lifecycle of hollows on Mercury: An evaluation of candidate volatile phases and a novel model of formation, Icarus, 359, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2021.114306

A Thermal Model and the Hermean Hollows: Constraints on Plausible Volatiles Involved in Hollow Formation on Mercury

2020
Michael Phillips, Jeffrey Moersch, (2020), A Thermal Model and the Hermean Hollows: Constraints on Plausible Volatiles Involved in Hollow Formation on Mercury , https://doi.org/10.1002/essoar.10502493.1

Temporal multispectral and 3D analysis of Cerro de Pasco, Peru

Science of the Total Environment, 2020
C.A. Melton, D.C. Hughes, D.L. Page, M.S. Phillips, (2020), Temporal multispectral and 3D analysis of Cerro de Pasco, Peru, Science of the Total Environment, 706