Stony Brook University Vibrational Spectroscopy Laboratory

Group Members

Timothy Glotch, Associate Professor of Geosciences; Principal Investigator RIS4E SSERVI node; Associate Editor, JGR-Planets

My research interests are focused on using infrared remote sensing and laboratory spectroscopy to better understand the composition of the crusts of Mars, the Moon, and small bodies. My research group and I primarily use data from the Diviner, TES, THEMIS, and CRISM instruments, and we're preparing for the impending arrival of the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu. We study extraterrestrial samples and their analogs using two Nicolet 6700 FTIR spectrometers (one equipped with a simulated lunar/asteroid environment chamber), a Nicolet iN10MX micro-FTIR imaging spectrometer, an ASD FieldSpec 3 Max UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer, and a WITec alpha300R confocal Raman imaging spectrometer operated in the Vibrational Spectrosocpy Laboratory. Google Scholar Profile

Steven Jaret, Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests: My research interests are in impact cratering as a geologic process, both on the Earth and other planetary bodies. By studying impact structures and materials on the Earth, hopefully one can learn how the impact process affects minerals' internal structure, spectra, and geochemistry.

Sarah Nicholas, Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests: spatially-resolved solid-phase chemistry, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, mineral weathering in normal (air, water) and extreme (space, hydrothermal vents) environments, surface chemistry, behavior of poorly crystalline and cryptocrystalline materials in normal and extreme environments, trace-metal chemistry, trace and major element chemistry effects on human health and the environment.

Melinda Rucks, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Behavior of plagioclase at extreme conditions generated by impact events, and application of in situ Xray diffraction and multi anvil apparatus to synthesize materials observed in shocked samples.

Katherine Shirley, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Lunar geology; lunar environment analog spectroscopy.

Gen Ito, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Development of light scattering models utilizing MSTM code; calibration and use of multispectral FLIR camera for field analysis of volcanic rocks.

Melissa Sims, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Shock metamorphism, specifically high pressure transformations of feldspar and olivine; high pressure mineral physics, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy.

Chip Legett, Ph.D. Student

Cheng Ye, Ph.D. Student

Research interests: VNIR reflectance and MIR emissivity spectroscopy of Martian analog materials.

Brooke Phillips, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Stratigraphic and compositional analysis of the Martian surface; IR remote sensing; laboratory spectroscopy; the geologic and climatic history of Mars.

Jordan Young, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Raman spectroscopy of carbon in meteorites; carbon thermometry; experimental space weathering studies.

Allison Zastrow, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Mars mineralogy and geochemistry; remote sensing; spectroscopy.

Dylan McDougall, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Computer modeling; geospatial data management; mission planning; instrument design; quantitative remote and in-situ characterization of geologic materials; interpretation of remote sensing data; history of volatiles on planetary surfaces and interiors.

Alexander Kling, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lucia Mallozzi, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Group Alumni


Yang (Steve) Liu (now a postdoc at the Lunar and Planetary Institute)

Mehmet Yesiltas (now an assistant professor at Kirklareli University, Turkey)

Graduate Students

Steven Jaret (Ph.D., 2017; now a postdoc in this group)

Lonia Friedlander (Ph.D., 2015; Fullbright Fellow, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Jessy Arnold (Ph.D., 2014; now a postdoc at Carnegie Istitute for Science)

Eli Sklute (Ph.D., 2014; now an Associate Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute)

Congcong Che (Ph.D., 2012)

Heidi Jensen (M.S., 2011; now a Science Assistant, Division of Earth Sciences, Directorate for Geosciences, National Science Foundation)

Undergraduate Students

Kyle Castillo, Saba Parvez (Data Analytics, Asst. Manager at JDS Therapeutics LLC), Noel Scudder (Ph.D. student at Purdue University), Thomas Condus (Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis), Ben McKeeby (Ph.D. student at University of Pittsburgh), Alexis Martone (Model Review Analyst at S&P Global Platts), Meredith Kraner (Ph.D. student at University of Nevada Reno), Christie Cino (Ph.D. student at University of Minnesota), Han Byul Woo (M. S. student at University of Florida), Rachel Ovrutsky, Jerome Varriale (Geologist at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation), Chantilly Berrios, Steven Elardo (Postdoc at Carnegie Institute), Fred Ng (M.S. in GIS, Hunter College), Kei Shimizu (Postdoc at Carnegie Institute)