Dr. Heather Meyer
Dr. Meyer earned her PhD in Geological Sciences from the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Her research interests encompass the formation and degradation of planetary surfaces, particularly regarding impact cratering, tectonics, and volcanic processes of Mars, Mercury, and Europa. Historically, she conducted research on explosive volcanic landforms on Mars, mid-sized impact basins and volcanic plains on Mercury, and impact basins and tectonics on Europa. Her current research focuses primarily on the formation of large lunar impact basins and their associated deposits. With the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Science Team, she integrates available remote sensing datasets to derive insights into the formation and emplacement mechanisms behind impact features such as light plains, impact melt, and ejecta. This work has implications for our understanding of the basin formation process, for the global lunar stratigraphy, which is anchored by the locations of basin materials, and for future lunar landed and sample return missions.