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Dr. Virgil L. Sharpton


Associate Director for Science
Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058
281-244-2017 (office)

Dr. Sharpton's planetary research experience includes field validation studies, remote sensing and image processing, synthetic aperture radar (processing and interpretation)
geophysical exploration techniques, petrographic microscopy (including u-stage and
refractive index measurements), and instrumental geochemical techniques.


He is founder and former director of the Geographic Information Network of
Alaska (GINA )
which has attained an international reputation for providing timely and open access to university geospatial data and information services.


In 2011, Dr. Sharpton accepted a position at the Lunar and Planetary Institute to further
pursue his interests in planetary research.


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Dr. Sharpton's Curriculum Vitae