Lunar and Planetary Institute
Dr. Michelle Kirchoff
I am interested in the geology and geodynamics of the outer planet satellites. In the past I have studied the formation of tectonic mountains on Io. Now I am exploring using cratering statistics as a tool to determine relative ages of the satellite surfaces and features on those surfaces in addition to resolving the outer solar system cratering rate. I also am interested in studying the distribution of features on Europa, such as chaos regions and domes, which may provide constraints for dynamical models of the ice shell.
Dr. Kirchoff's personal website
February 21, 2008