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Alumni

Find out what some of the Center's recent alumni (since the establishment of the School of Earth & Space Exploration) have been working on! 

To learn more about the many scientists who have contributed to the Center since its founding, click here!

Dr. Audrey BouvierAudrey Bouvier Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences – Western University
(Post Doctoral Research Associate, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2001-2011)
Dr. Bouvier is interested in unraveling the chronology of planetary processes that took place during the first few million years of Solar System history such as the formation of the first condensates in the solar nebula, and the accretion and evolution of planetesimals.
 
 
Dr. Greg BrenneckaGregory Brennecka Institut fur Planetologie, University of Munster
(Ph.D. studies, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2007-2010)
Dr. Brennecka studies uranium isotope variations in Solar System materials, with a primary focus on how those variations affect early Solar System chronometers, as well as apparent nucleosynthetic anomalies in CAIs (calcium- and aluminum-rich inclusions).
 
 
Dr. Julia CartwrightJulia Cartwright Department of Geosciences, University of Alabama
(Post Doctoral Research Associate, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2014-2016)
Dr. Cartwright studies the formation of planetary regoliths and fluid processes in meteorites, as well as achondrite meteorites to understand the formation and evolution of their parent bodies and the Solar System as a whole.
 
 
Elizabeth DybalElizabeth Dybal Geologist, Regulatory Compliance Officer and Strategist
(NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2013-2016)

 

 

 
Dr. Phil JanneyPhilip Janney Senior Lecturer, Department of Geological Sciences – University of Cape Town
(Associate Research Scientist, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2006-2012)
Dr. Janney's research involves the application of elemental, radiogenic isotope and "non-traditional" stable isotope techniques to understand the geochemical evolution of the Earth’s mantle and crust.
 
 
Dr. Prajkta ManePrajkta Mane Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Laboratory (Ph.D. studies, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2011-2017)
Dr. Mane studies the hydrogen isotope composition of martian meteorites to acquire insight into martian water reservoirs.  She also analyzes refractory inclusions found in primitive meteorites, considered to be the first solids to condense in our Solar System.
 
 
Dr. Cameron MercerCameron Mercer Post Doctoral Research Associate, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration (Ph.D. studies, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2011-2017)
Dr. Mercer performs thermochronological research in the Rocky Mountains, in addition to studying the timing of impact events on the Moon by using a laser microprobe to date NASA Apollo mission samples.
 
 
Dr. Michelle MinittiMichelle Minitti Faculty Research Associate, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration
(Assistant Director, ASU Center for Meteorite Studies, 2005-2012)
Dr. Minitti uses Martian analogs to investigate Martian meteorites and their context in Mars remote sensing datasets, as well as the role of water in igneous and weathering processes. She is also Co-Investigator on the Curiosity Rover Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera.
 
 
Dr. Melissa MorrisMelissa Morris Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, SUNY Cortland
(Assistant Director, ASU Center for Meteorite Studies, 2012-2014)
Dr. Morris uses astrophysical modeling to determine conditions during the birth of planetary systems, particularly hydrodynamic modeling of protoplanetary disks and disk processes during planet formation.
 
 
Dr. Karen RieckKaren Rieck Post Doctoral Scholar, Los Alamos National Laboratory
(M.S. and Ph.D. studies, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2006-2015)
Dr. Rieck studies the ionized particles which comprise the solar wind.  Her work includes the development of techniques for measuring the concentrations of elements in the solar wind, collected as part of NASA's Genesis Mission.
 
 
Dr. Matthew SanbornMatthew Sanborn Project Scientist, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences – UC Davis
(Ph.D. studies, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2007-2012)
Dr. Sanborn analyzes nucleosynthetic anomalies to decipher petrogenetic histories of meteorites and the evolution of their associated parent bodies in the early Solar System, and determines isotopic constraints on the formation of the first solids and planetesimals.
 
 
Dr. A.K. SoudersKate Souders Research Geologist, USGS Geology, Geophysics, & Geochemistry Science Center (Research Assistant Professor, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2014-2016) Dr. Souders' research integrates mineral geochemistry and geochronology to understand the origin and evolution of Earth's crust and differention of the mantle, and the provenance and diagenesis of detrital heavy minerals.
 
 
Dr. Lev Spivak-BirndorfLev Spivak-Birndorf Founder and Research Scientist, PSI Labs
(Ph.D. studies, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2007-2012)
Dr. Spivak-Birndorff's research includes a heavy emphasis on different techniques of mass spectrometric analysis that are critical to the testing of both naturally occurring compounds and undesirable adulterants in medical cannabis.
 
 
Alice Stephant Post Doctoral Research Associate, The Open University
(Post Doctoral Research Associate, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2015-2017)
Dr. Stephant's research focusses on understanding the origin of water on planetary bodies in our Solar System through analyses of the hydrogen isotope ratios and water contents of meteorites and lunar samples.
 
 
Dr. Wendy TaylorWendy Taylor Honorary Research Associate, Department of Geological Sciences – University of Cape Town and Faculty Research Associate, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration
(Education and Public Outreach Coordinator, ASU Center for Meteorite Studies, 2007-2010)

 

 

Kera TuckerKera Tucker
(M.S. studies, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2013-2015)
Kera Tucker works as a Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin in the Space business area. She supports various spacecraft components at Lockheed's Denver, Colorado office.
 
 
 
Curtis Williams NSF Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences – UC Davis (Ph.D. studies, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, 2009-2012)
Dr. Williams' research interests include the formation and evolution of the early Solar System, the composition and dynamics of Earth's interior, volatiles and the Martian mantle, and the genesis of magmatic sulfide deposits.