I received my bachelors from the University of Miami in Marine Science and Geological Sciences in 2001 and my PhD from Stony Brook University, SUNY in Geology in 2006. From there, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Rice University before becoming a professor at Southern Illinois University. I was at SIU for 7 years before moving back to the Lunar and Planetary Institute where I am current a senior staff scientist and manager of the geology and petrology group.
As you will see on the next few pages, my research research crosses disciplines and planetary bodies by combining investigations of basalt formation using petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry, and geophysics in order to constrain crustal and mantle evolution in the inner Solar System. My work spans multiple planetary bodies – Mars, Venus, the Earth, and the Moon – and is revolutionizing our understanding of the volatile content of planetary interiors by investigating the igneous diversity of planetary magmas.
Venus in the news:
NASA selects four missions for Phase-A development including DAVINCI+, which I am a CoI on. Trident lead by LPI director along with VERITAS (also to Venus) and Io Volcanic observer were also selected.
Space.com and NYTimes discussions of my current paper suggesting that there may be active volcanoes on Venus.
YouTube video of me talking about the importance of the LPI and our postdoc program to celebrate the LPI's 50th anniversary.