Volatiles on Mercury & the Moon

The poles of Mercury and the Moon both have evidence for water ice. I'm interested in the geologic histories of this water.  Why are there meter-thick deposits on the innermost planet and only patchy frost detections on the Moon?

NASA/APL

NASA/GSFC

Lunar volcanic & impact evolution

There is a distinct crustal thickness asymmetry between the nearside and farside of the Moon, which has important implications for the histories of volcanism and impact structures. I'm interested in coupling geologic and geophysical analyses to understand these asymmetries, as well as local volcanic histories.

Future missions & human exploration of the Solar System

I'm excited to journey to new places, make discoveries, and enter the next era of planetary exploration with public and private partnerships.

Lunar lava skylight

Deuteronilus Mensae, Mars

Mare on Titan

“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.”  -Carl Sagan