Lunar and Planetary Institute







Dr. Juliane Gross

Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: gross@lpi.usra.edu

Professional Background

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Petrology (igneous, metamorphic, experimental and planetary)
  • Geochemistry (igneous, metamorphic, experimental and planetary)
  • Microscopy (igneous, metamorphic, meteorites, reflected light, spindle- and U-stage)
  • Lunar and Martian meteorites
  • Fluids in subduction zones
  • Experimental techniques

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lunar and Planetary Institute. 2009–present
Research assistant, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, Department of Geoscience. 2006–2009

Education

Ph.D. Geoscience, 2006–2009 with summa cum laude, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Dissertation: Mineral Solubility Measurements at High Pressures: Redesigning the Hydrothermal Diamond Anvil Cell; Crystal Volume Computations and Birefringence Mapping.

M.S. Mineralogy, March 2005, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Thesis: Petrology of the contact zone between eclogite and host rocks at the Stümpelfelsen, Hammerunterwiesenthal, Westerzgebirge

Methods Used

  • Electron Microprobe Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Hydrothermal Diamond Anvil Cell; sample assembly preparation; machining parts
  • High energy implantation in diamonds
  • Piston-cylinder apparatus; sample assembly preparation
  • 1-bar Deltech gas mixing furnace
  • Geological software, TWQ, THERMOCALC

>Undergraduate Research Supervision

2010: Mineral chemistry and origin of Spinel bearing rocks in Lunar Highland Meteorites. Tiffany Engle, Sam Houston State University.

2011: Discovery of spinel rich rocks on the Moon, detected by the M3 spectrometer on the Chandrayaan-1 Spacecraft -an experimental approach. Julia Gorman, University of Rochester.

Invited Talks

  • Constraints on the geochemical variations and complex evolution of the lunar highlands: ALHA81005's view from the farside. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NYC, July 2011
  • Invited Science speaker at the Faculty Institute for NASA Earth and Space Science Education (FINESSE) at ASTE: "Lunar meteorites and their secrets about the origin of our Moon" California, San Diego, Feb. 2011
  • Invited Science speaker at the Faculty Institute for NASA Earth and Space Science Education: "Lunar meteorites and their secrets about the origin of our Moon" Minnesota, Minneapolis, Jan. 2011
  • New evidence of the complex history of the lunar highlands: ALHA81005's view from the farside. Rutgers University, New Jersey; Oct. 2010
  • Lunar meteorites and their secrets about the origin of our Moon. Houston Astronomical Society, Houston, TX; Oct. 2010
  • What can small scale experiments tell us about large scale subduction zones? New in situ techniques for determining mineral solubility at high pressures. Rice-University, Houston, TX; Oct. 2009
  • New methods for in-situ determination of mineral solubilities: Mineral geometry and birefringence approaches. Institut de Minéralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condensés UMR, Jussieu, Paris, France, Feb. 2009
  • Determining mineral solubilities at high pressures: New methods combining weight-loss and in
    situ approaches,
    Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX; Sept. 2008

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITES & SERVICES

  • Chair, 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (2011); Session: Lunar Science
  • Chair, 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2011); Session: Formation and Evolution of the Moon II.
  • Jugde, for the LPSC Dwornik Awards (2011)
  • Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Program Committee (2011)
  • Chair, Lunar and Planetary Institute Seminar Series, August 2010–present
  • Co-Chair, 73rd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (2010); Session: Extraterrestrial Basalts: Vesta, Angrites and the Moon.
  • Chair, 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2010); Session: Petrologic Characterization of the Moon
  • Judge, for the LPI Early Career Development Award (2010)

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

  • Volunteer, "Family Space Day" Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX; May 2009–present
  • Speaker: "Exploring the Moon" (For 300 kids age 4-10) Allen, TX; Jan. 2011
  • Speaker, "Our Solar System", Star of Hope Transitional Living Center, Houston, TX, 2010.
  • Teacher Training Workshop/Field Course: The Heat from Within: earthly insights into planetary volcanism, Eugene Oregon, 2009

AWARDS/HONORS

  • NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program (PG&G) Scholarship (2010): Scholarship to participate NASA's Planetary Volcanology Workshop on Hawai'i.
  • Niedermeyer Award (2009): Award (and 1000 Euro prize money) for the outstanding dissertation in Geosciences of the Ruhr-University of Bochum.
  • Student Travel Award (2009): Geochemical Society, Goldschmidt Switzerland
  • Marie Curie EURISPET Short term EU Scholarship (2008): Scholarship for young scientists (State of the Art Analytical and Imaging Techniques in Petrology)
  • Paul Ramdohr Award (2006): of the German Mineralogical Society for outstanding young scientists.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (German Mineralogical Society)
Meteoritical Society
American Geophysical Union

 

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September 14, 2011