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
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lunar and Planetary Institute. 2009–present
Research assistant, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, Department of Geoscience. 2006–2009
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
- 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.
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)
- 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
- 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.
Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (German Mineralogical Society)
American Geophysical Union
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