Stony Brook University Vibrational Spectroscopy Laboratory

Group Members

Timothy Glotch, Professor of Geosciences; Associate Dean for Operations and Facilities, College of Arts and Sciences; 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

Katherine Shirley, Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests: Lunar geology; lunar environment analog spectroscopy.

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.

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.

Laura Breitenfeld, Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Laboratory spectroscopy, remote sensing, mineralogy of planetary surfaces and multivariate analysis.

Alexander Kling, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Grace Kim, 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)

Sarah Nicholas (now a beamline scientist at the XFM beamline at NSLS II, Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Graduate Students

Gen Ito (Ph.D., 2018; now a postdoc at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)

Steven Jaret (Ph.D., 2017; now a postdoc at the American Museum of Natural History)

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

Dylan McDougall (M.S. student at Brigham Young University), 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 (Associate Scientist, AIR Worldwide), Christie Cino (M.A.T. student at Columbia University), Han Byul Woo (M. S. student at University of Florida), Rachel Ovrutsky, Jerome Varriale (Geologist at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation), Chantilly Berrios, Steven Elardo (Assistant Professor at University of Florida), Fred Ng (M.S. in GIS, Hunter College), Kei Shimizu (Postdoc at Carnegie Institute)