Dr. Virgil L. Sharpton
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.