Our research is anchored in the dialogue between Earth geology and planetary science. On the one hand, we utilize mechanistic models of geological processes that were derived from terrestrial investigations to decipher paleo- and modern environments on other planets from their rocks and landscapes. On the other hand, extraterrestrial landscapes and rocks can in turn teach us about geological processes, or even, about the Earth. Earth was a very different planet before the advent of macroscopic life, and studying ancient Earth is, in many respects, akin to planetary science.
We tackle a broad range of questions – all centered around bettering and using models of geomorphic and sedimentary processes to understand a planetary body’s past or present surface environments, atmosphere, and habitability. Example topics we have worked on in recent years include:
Studying planetary surfaces is inherently a multidisciplinary endeavor. As a result, the tools we employ are varied – from conceptual, experimental, and numerical modeling to analog field work, lab analyses, remote sensing and in situ robotic mission data analysis, and spectroscopy.
For more specific details about our past and ongoing work, please visit our Publications page.