Scientific Staff

LPI's science team pursues innovative research, supports NASA programs, provides a connection to the university scientific community, and contributes scientific knowledge and expertise to all of the Institute's programs and activities.

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Staff Scientists

Dr. Lisa R. Gaddis
Dr. Lisa R. Gaddis

Director
Strong research and technical background in geology and planetary science (Earth, the Moon, Mars, Venus), planetary cartography, data archiving, NASA mission science and operations.
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Dr. Walter Kiefer
Dr. Walter S. Kiefer

Associate Director
Gravity modeling and numerical simulations to constrain the internal structure and tectonic, volcanic, and thermal evolution of Mars, Venus, differentiated asteroids, and the Moon.
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Dr. J. Brian Balta
Dr. J. Brian Balta

Staff Scientist
Using experiments, modeling, and analyses of planetary samples to understand the generation of igneous rocks throughout the solar system.
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Dr. Cyrena Goodrich
Dr. Cyrena A. Goodrich

Senior Staff Scientist
Studies the mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry of meteorites derived from asteroids and uses the data to understand early solar system processes such as accretion and differentiation of planetesimals.
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Dr.Dr. David A. Kring
Dr. David A. Kring

Principal Scientist
Extraterrestrial sample analysis and terrestrial field work on fundamental geological processes such as impact cratering, and their implications for the origin and evolution of life.
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Dr. Kennda L. Lynch
Dr. Kennda L. Lynch

Staff Scientist
Studies life in extreme environments on Earth as models for characterizing habitable environments and searching for biosignatures on other planetary bodies in our solar system and elsewhere.
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Dr. Prajkta Mane
Dr. Prajkta Mane

Staff Scientist
Studies chemical, isotopic, and microstructural composition of various astromaterials to understand the origin and evolution of our solar system. View Profile 

Dr. German Martinez
Dr. Germán Martínez

Staff Scientist
Studies the formation of aqueous saline solutions (brine) on Mars and in the Icy Worlds, the solar UV and atmospheric longwave radiative environment on Mars, and the regolith-atmosphere interactions on Mars.
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Dr. Patrick J. McGovern
Dr. Patrick J. McGovern

Senior Staff Scientist
Geophysical analysis of volcanic/tectonic features and crustal/lithospheric structures of the terrestrial planets and moons.
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Dr. Paul M. Schenk
Dr. Paul M. Schenk

Senior Staff Scientist
Geologic and topographic mapping and cratering studies to determine the geologic evolution and history of icy satellites.
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Dr. Julie Stopar
Dr. Julie D. Stopar

Staff Scientist
Studies the formation and evolution of lunar impact craters, volume-limited volcanism, and regolith at the meter-scale and is part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team.
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Dr. Allan H. Treiman
Dr. Allan H. Treiman

Principal Scientist
Analytical, modeling, and experimental studies of volatile species in martian and asteroidal meteorites and lunar rocks to illuminate processes on planets and asteroids.
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McKay Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Sam Crossley
Dr. Sam Crossley

McKay Fellow
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Ryder Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Evan Bjonnes
Dr. Evan Bjonnes

Ryder Fellow
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Urey Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Matthew Weller
Dr. Matthew Weller

Urey Fellow
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Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Brendan Anzures
Dr. Brendan Anzures

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Candice Bedford
Dr. Thomas Barrett

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Gabriel Eggers
Dr. Gabriel Eggers

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Hartzel E. Gillespie
Dr. Hartzel Gillespie

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Carina Lee
Dr. Carina Lee

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Seungyeol (Steven) Lee
Dr. Seungyeol (Steven) Lee

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Nicole Nevill
Dr. Nicole Nevill

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Sean O'Hara
Dr. Sean O'Hara

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dr. Swetha Venugopal
Dr. Swetha Venugopal

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Heritage Fellow

Dr. David Mittlefehldt
Dr. David Mittlefehldt

Heritage Fellow
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Emeritus Scientist

Dr. Virgil Sharpton

Visiting Scientists

Dr. Candice Bedford
Dr. Candice Bedford

Visiting Scientist
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Dr. Susanne Schwenzer
Dr. Susanne Schwenzer

Visiting Scientist
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Dr. Charles K. Shearer
Dr. Charles K. Shearer

Visiting Scientist
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In Memoriam

We remember with fondness our departed LPI colleagues and friends.

Dr. Graham Ryder
Dr. Paul Spudis

Historic Register of LPI Science Personnel

Scientists, interns, and other researchers listed by year.

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