Dr. Edgard G. Rivera-Valentin
My research focuses on planetary surface processes, such as impact cratering and atmosphere-regolith interactions. I apply interdisciplinary techniques using numerical methods, spacecraft and ground-based observations, and laboratory measurements to understand how the solar system formed and evolved over time. In essence, I study life by investigating the early conditions of our solar system, the present habitability of solar system bodies (e.g., Mars and Europa), and by protecting life on Earth through the tracking of near-Earth asteroids at the Arecibo Observatory using its Planetary Radar system. My research projects have spanned much of the solar system, from Mercury to the icy moons of Saturn.