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Researchers

Dr. Devin SchraderDevin Schrader (Interim Director, Center for Meteorite Studies; Assistant Research Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration) Ph. D. University of Arizona (2012) – Dr. Schrader is interested in researching primitive meteorites unaltered since their formation in the early Solar System, as well as meteorites that were thermally and aqueously altered on their parent asteroid. He utilizes petrographic, compositional, thermodynamic, and isotopic data to constrain the pre-accretionary formation conditions and secondary thermal and aqueous alteration processes of small bodies in the early Solar System. He also provides sample science support for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission.

Dr. Laurence GarvieLaurence A.J. Garvie (Collection, Curator Center for Meteorite Studies; Research Professor, School of Earth & Space Exploration) Ph. D. University of Bristol (1992) – Dr. Garvie deciphers early Solar System processes through the use of innovative, high-spatial-resolution electron microscopic and spectroscopic studies of meteorites. His studies primarily focus on carbonaceous chondrite meteorites, which provide a unique record of the physical and chemical processes that shaped our Solar System. His current projects are roughly divided between mineralogical studies designed to reveal the structure and formation conditions of the abundant phyllosilicates in the CI and CM chondrites, and studies of the structure, distribution and formation conditions of organics in the carbonaceous chondrites. He also leads projects designed to understand the chemistry and mineralogy of rock surface coatings, with particular emphasis on the laminated, Mn-rich coatings of arid terrestrial environments. Dr. Garvie serves as an Associate Editor for American Mineralogist.

DSCF9686Rebekah Hines (Research Professional, Center for Meteorite Studies and School of Earth & Space Exploration) M. Sc. University of Saskatchewan (2001) – Rebekah’s background in natural history collection management and conservation, educational outreach as well as isotope geochemistry enables her to serve a multi-disciplinary role in the Center. Her focus is predominantly on the ultra-clean Isotope Cosmochemistry and Geochronology Laboratory and Photon Machines Analyte 193 laser ablation system, as well as the development and improvement of clean laboratory techniques.  She also takes an active role in the Center's outreach programs and curation of the meteorite collection.
 
Jemma DavidsonJemma Davidson (Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Meteorite Studies and School of Earth & Space Exploration) Ph. D. Open University (2009) – Dr. Davidson performs correlated analyses of Icelandic basalts as proxies for understanding magmatic processes and water cycling on Mars. She has also undertaken petrographic and isotopic studies of carbonaceous chondrites (and their organic and presolar grain inventories) that investigate meteorite formation in the early Solar System and subsequent parent body alteration. Her analytical specialties include SIMS (Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry; including NanoSIMS), EPMA (Electron Probe Microanalysis), Raman spectroscopy, and Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM) based X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Spectroscopy (XANES).
 
Amy J.G. Jurewicz (Assistant Research Professor, Center for Meteorite Studies and School of Earth & Space Exploration) Ph. D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1986) – Dr. Jurewicz's research currently focuses on the recovery and analysis of the GENESIS solar-wind collector materials. Solar wind is a direct analog of the early solar nebula, so from its composition we will glean insight into how our Solar System formed. GENESIS is a NASA mission which collected solar-wind sample for two years, prior to a hard landing in Utah during the return to Earth. Before GENESIS, Dr. Jurewicz's research included work on a number of NASA missions, as well as the fabrication of meteorite analogs for the purpose of determining how one meteorite could be formed from another through natural, early Solar System processes.
 
Carleton Moore (Founding Director, Center for Meteorite Studies;  Emeritus Professor, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration; Emeritus Regents Professor, ASU School of Molecular Sciences) Ph. D. California Institute of Technology (1960) – Dr. Moore was editor of the journal Meteoritics for 20 years. He was a member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team for the Apollo program and a principal investigator for the returned lunar sample program for all the Apollo missions. Dr. Moore’s research efforts have focused on the geochemistry of meteorites, lunar samples and analytical geochemical problems. Additional research interests have taken advantage of the great statistical depth present in the Center's collections, including statistical studies of meteorite compositions and homogeneity, the origin of the low calcium achondrites, trace elements in iron meteorites, and high- and low-temperature phases, including organic compounds, in carbonaceous chondrites.