I am a research scientist interested in deciphering the composition, operative geologic processes, and evolutionary history of planets and satellites. I study the geological, physical, and photometric properties of planetary surfaces and atmospheres. My work includes the analysis of visible and near infrared observations from imaging spectrometers and multispectral imaging systems. Thus far, my research has focused on the investigation of the Moon, Mars, and outer planet satellites, in particular, Titan, though my interests include other terrestrial planets, satellites, and small bodies.
I have also been heavily involved in the design, development, and implementation of planetary exploration missions. I am particularly interested in novel approaches for the development of visible and near infrared cameras and imaging spectrometers and in research into advanced technologies that enable such instruments.
I am a Research Scientist in the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science (EAPS) Department at MIT. I work with Prof. Maria Zuber on the GRAIL Mission and as a Participating Scientist on the Cassini Mission.
Prior to coming to MIT, I worked as a Research Associate at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL), University of Arizona with Prof. Bob Brown. There my work focused on analyzing data from the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) and Radar to investigate the geology and composition of Titan's surface. During my last year with the University of Arizona, I was a Visiting Scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, collaborating with Profs. Phil Nicholson and Joe Burns, and their research groups.
I completed a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Planetary Science at Cornell University in 2007 under the direction of Prof. Jim Bell. My thesis research was investigating the surface and atmosphere of Mars using data from the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Pancam and Navcam investigations and HST WFPC and WFPC2 instruments.