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  • Dr. Louise Prockter
    Dr. Louise M. Prockter
    Director

    Understanding the volcanic and tectonic history of solar system bodies, with an emphasis on icy satellites.
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  • Dr. Allan H. Treiman
    Dr. Allan H. Treiman
    Associate Director of Science

    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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  • Dr. Justin Filiberto
    Dr. Justin Filiberto
    Senior Staff Scientist

    Planetary petrologist and geochemist studying magma genesis and crustal evolution in inner Solar System planetary bodies (Mars, Venus, the Earth, and the Moon).
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  • Dr. Cyrena Goodrich
    Dr. Cyrena A. Goodrich
    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. Walter Kiefer
    Dr. Walter S. Kiefer
    Senior Staff Scientist

    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.Dr. David A. Kring
    Dr. David A. Kring
    Senior Staff 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. 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. Edgar G. Rivera-Valentin
    Dr. Edgard G. Rivera-Valentín
    Staff Scientist

    Investigates solar system bodies via a systems science approach to guide solar system exploration and understand physical processes affecting planetary evolution and habitability.
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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. Patrick Taylor
    Dr. Patrick A. Taylor
    Senior Staff Scientist

    Uses radar to better constrain the orbits and physical properties of near-Earth asteroids for the purposes of planetary defense and understanding solar system evolution.
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  • Heritage Fellow

    Dr. Julia Semprich
    Dr. John Jones
    Heritage Fellow
  • Gordon McKay Fellow

    Dr. Tabb Prissel
    Dr. Tabb Prissel
    Gordon McKay Fellow
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  • Graham Ryder Fellow

    Dr. Julia Semprich
    Dr. Julia Semprich
    Graham Ryder Fellow
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Postdoctoral Fellows

Emeritus Scientist

Dr. Virgil Sharpton


Visiting Scientists

In Memoriam

Dr. Paul Spudis

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Scientists, visitors, and interns listed by year of appointment.

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