Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Arizona State University, AZ, USA, 2005
  • M. S., Geology, Arizona State University, AZ, USA, 2001
  • B. S., Geology, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA, 1998

Positions Held

  • Stony Brook University, NY, USA
  •          2011-present: Assistant Professor
  •          2007-2011: Research Assistant Professor
  •          2007-2011: Visiting Assistant Professor
  • California Institute of Technology, CA, USA
  •          2005-2007: Postdoctoral scholar
  • Mars Exploration Rover Mission
  •          2005-2009: Athena Collaborator & Mini-TES Downlink Lead
  •          2004-2005: Mini-TES Uplink/Downlink Lead & Athena Student Collaborator
  • Arizona State University, AZ, USA
  •          2001-2005: Graduate Research Associate
  •          1999-2001: Graduate Teaching Assistant

Honors and Awards

  • NASA Early Career Fellow, 2008
  • ASU Graduate Academic Scholarship, 2001
  • ASU Outstanding Geology Teaching Assistant, 2001
  • Arizona Space Grant Scholarship, 2000
  • Outstanding Student in Geology, College of Charleston, 1998
  • South Carolina Space Grant Scholarship, 1997


  • PI, "Coordinated spectral, thermophysical and morphological studies of rock-dominated units on Mars", 2014-2017, $385,355

  • Co-PI, "The role of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in promoting hypoxia in Smithtown Bay" (PI: Henry Bokuniewicz), 2014-2016, NY SeaGrant, $254,221

  • Co-I, "Remote, In-Situ, and Synchotron studies for Solar System Exploration (RIS4E)" (PI: Timothy Glotch), 2014-2019, NASA SSERVI, $5.4M

  • PI, "Infrared Studies of Mars-Relevant Materials to Enhance Interpretations of Remotely-Acquired Data Sets", 2013-2016, NASA Early Career Research, $100,000

  • Co-I, "Experimental investigations of alteration of the shallow martian crust: the role of magmatic fluids" (PI: Hanna Nekvasil), 2013-2015, NASA Mars Fundamental Research Program, $349,392

  • PI, "“Investigation of Crystallinity Controls on Near-Infrared and Thermal Infrared Spectra of Sulfate Phases", NASA Planetary Geology & Geophysics Program, 2013-2015, $340,000.

  • PI, "Maximizing Information Extraction from the MGS TES Spectral Data Set", NASA Mars Data Analysis Program, 2011-2013, $172,286.

  • Co-I, "Exploring geologic processes in the deeper Martian crust through compositional studies of impact craters", NASA Mars Data Analysis Program, 2011-2014, PI: Joe Michalski (PSI).

  • Co-I, "Martian surface composition: Global and local scale investigations using TES, THEMIS, CRISM, and GRS data", NASA Mars Data Analysis Program, 2009-2012, PI: Vicky Hamilton (SwRI).

  • Co-I, "Developing new instrument technologies and operational procedures critical for maximizing science during field studies of basaltic terrains on the Earth, Moon and Mars", NASA Moon and Mars Analog Mission Activities, 2009-2013, PI: Jake Bleacher (NASA GSFC)

  • PI, "Mid-infrared spectral characterization of sedimentary rocks and their constituent phases", NASA Mars Fundamental Research Program, 2009-2012, $381,562.

  • Co-I, "The Geomorphologic And Compositional Geology Of Libya Montes And The Interbasin Plains Of Northern Terra Tyrrhena, Mars", NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics, 2009-2012, PI: James Skinner (USGS).

  • PI, "High resolution lithologic mapping of Iapygia and Tyrrhena Terra, Mars", NASA Mars Data Analysis Program, 2008-2011, $172,469.

  • Co-I, "TES and THEMIS Surface Mineralogy, Dust Cover, and Emissivity for MSL Landing Site Characterization", JPL Mars Critical Data Products IV, 2007-2009, PI: Joshua Bandfield (U. Washington).

  • Science PI, "High-resolution spectroscopic, thermophysical and morphologic analysis of martian highlands bedrock", NASA Mars Data Analysis Program, 2006-2009, PI: Oded Aharonson (Caltech).

Professional Service

  • Journal referee:
    • Science
    • Nature Geoscience
    • Geophysical Research Letters
    • Journal of Geophysical Research—Planets
    • Icarus
    • Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
    • IEEE Trans. on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
  • Co-convener, Fall 2006 AGU Meeting session: “The Remotely Sensed Mineralogy of Mars”
  • NASA Proposal Review Panel Member:
    • Mars Data Analysis Program
    • Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program
    • Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research
  • NASA Proposal External Reviewer:
    • Mars Data Analysis Program
    • Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program
    • Stand-Alone Missions of Opportunity / U.S. Principal Investigator Program
    • Planetary Geology and Geophysics
  • NSF Proposal External Reviewer:
    • Petrology and Geochemistry
  • Museum committee member, Stony Brook University Dept. of Geosciences
  • Review panel member, Stony Brook University/Brookhaven National Laboratory Seed Grants
  • Working group member, 2010 update of the Mars Exploration Program and Analysis Group (MEPAG) Goal IV (Preparation for Human Exploration)


1. Participating Scientist, Expedition Earth and Beyond (NASA EPO, 2009-present): Program will focus on having students in grades 5-14 conduct authentic research about Earth and/or planetary body comparisons using images acquired by astronauts on the International Space Station as the springboard and primary data source for their study. Responsible for leading presentations to students/teachers via Distance Learning, mentoring teams of students conducting authentic research, and participating in online forums where student teams present their results. Principal investigator: Paige V. Graff, Johnson Space Center

2. Mentor, Caltech Women Mentoring Women Program (2006-2007): Mentored a Caltech graduate student on various topics including professional preparation, grant writing, job applications, career decisions and “women-in-science”-related challenges.

3. Discovery workshop presenter, Sally Ride Science Festivals (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007): Designed and led physics, geology and planetary science themed hands-on activity workshops for girls in grades 5-8.

4. Developed online spectral analysis tool for the Rock-Around-the-World program (JPL/Arizona State University): Program invites children around the world to send their favorite rock to ASU for spectral measurement. Children use the interactive web tool for compositional analysis of their rock spectrum.

5. Co-convener, THEMIS Data Users Workshop (2005): Workshop participants were THEMIS data users at the graduate student through senior scientist level. Led a presentation on compositional mapping techniques using the Mars Odyssey THEMIS data set.

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