Profiles in "Planetary Mineralogy" Expertise Area

  • Mikhail Zolotov is a planetary geochemist. He uses physical-chemical methods to understand chemical processes and mineralogical changes in solar system environments that involve rocks, gases, and fluids.
  • Christensen uses spectroscopy, radiometry, field observations, numerical modeling, and builds flight instruments to study the geology and history of planets and moons.
  • Hervig uses the elemental and isotopic chemistry of earth and extraterrestrial materials to deduce their origin and evolution. The main analytical tool he uses is secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).
  • Bose investigates dust and organics in extraterrestrial materials to understand their cosmochemical origins. She measures water and other volatiles in rocky and icy asteroidal regolith.
  • Desch is a professor of astrophysics in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. His research is in star and planet formation, meteoritics, exoplanets, and astrobiology.
  • Hodges is a transdisciplinary scientist with a broad array of research interests, including the evolution and origin of mountain ranges, the tempo of meteorite impact in the Solar System, and human-robotic exploration.
  • Wadhwa is an isotope cosmochemist interested in the time scales and processes involved in the formation and evolution of the Solar System. She serves as the Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Schrader's research primarily concerns the study of primitive meteorites that remain relatively unaltered since their formation in the early Solar System.