Students and Alumni

Graduate Students

Jerry Lee, Astrobiology

Shaun Mahmood

Ben McKeeby

Andrew Sun, Astrobiology

Undergraduate Students

Zachary Blaker, Astrobiology

Julian Dann, Interstellar medium and astrospheres

Girish Duvvuri, Transiting exoplanets

Wilson Flower, Astrobiology

Thomas Kim, Astrobiology

Melissa Lowe, Lunar Petrology

Avi Stein, Spectroscopy and Venus

Jesse Tarnas, Transiting exoplanets, chondrules, lunar petrology

Lydia Tierney, Lunar Petrology


Sarah Kopac, Ph.D., 2015
"Ecological dimensions in diversification of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus lichenformisNow a postdoc at University of Connecticut

Nicole Arulanantham, M.A., 2015
"Examining the Near-Infrared Properties of KH 15D with Spitzer Photometry and GNIRS Spectra" Now a Ph.D. student at University of Colorado

Lisa Korn, M.A., 2015
"Carbonate and Silicate Minerals in a Gullied Crater within Eridania Basin, Terra Sirenum, Mars" 

Sam Factor M.A., 2015
ALMA Observations of Molecular Gas Emission from a Protoplanetary Disk in the Orion Nebula Cluster" Now a Ph.D. student at University of Texas, Austin

Ama Essuman, B.A., 2015
Where did the Water Go? Modeling the Diffusion of Hydrogen in Lunar ApatiteNow a graduate student at UCLA

Gregory Wong, B.A., 2015
Copper tolerance of spores of B. subtilisNow a Ph.D. student at Penn State

Daniel Brugioni, B.A., 2015
"Geomorphology of a Crater Region within the Eridania Basin, Mars: Construction of a Geologic Map" Now a graduate student at Colorado School of Mines

Jack Singer, B.A., 2015
"New Clues from our Moon's Explosive Past: Volatile Contents of Lunar Melt inclusions" Now working in the environmental sector

Jesse Lieman-Sifry, B.A., 2015
"The Mysterious Case of 49 Ceti: A Gas-Rich Debris Disk and its Implications for Planet Formation" 

Dilovan Serindag, B.A., 2015
"Analyzing Kepler Exoplanets from their Optical Phase Curves" 

Amy Steele, M.A., 2014
"Resolved Millimeter-wavelength Observations of Debris Disks around Sun-like Stars" Now a Ph.D. student at University of Maryland

Eric Edelman, M.A., 2014
"Tracing the Evolution and Impact of the Stellar Winds of Solar-like Stars" Now an Education and Outreach Producer at

Peter Martin, B.A., 2014
"Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Potential Martian Brines" Now a Ph.D. student at Caltech

Raquel Martinez, M.A., 2013
"Searching for Spectral Signatures of the Hidden Secondary Component of BM Ori: Improved Spectroscopic Findings" Now a Ph.D. student at the Univ. of Texas, Austin

Diana Windemuth, M.A., 2013
"Dramatic Evolution of the Disk-Shaped Secondary in the Orion Trapezium Star θ1 Ori B1 (BM Ori): MOST Satellite Observations" Now a Ph.D. student in Astrobiology, Univ. of Washington

Patrick Harner, M.A., 2013
"Potential Martian Evaporites and their Spectral Signatures" Now a Ph.D. student at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Univ. of Arizona

Keenan Golder, M.A., 2013
"Geomorphology of Eridania Basin, Mars: A Study of the Evolution of Chaotic Terrain and a Paleolake" Now a Ph.D. student at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Craig Malamut, M.A., 2013
"Mapping the Local Interstellar Medium with High-Resolution UV Absorption Spectroscopy" Now in Hollywood pursuing science outreach through animation

James Dottin, B.A., 2013
"Can Merrillite Provide Information on Water in Martian Meteorites? Preliminary Results From Los Angeles and QUE 94201" Now a Ph.D. student at the Univ. of Marlyand

Holly Capelo, M.A., 2012
"Optical and Near-IR Studies of KH 15D: Locating the Trailing Edge of the Protostellar Circumbinary Ring" Now a Ph.D. student at Univ. of Göttingen, Germany

Jakob Schaeffer, M.A., 2012
"Guiding Light in the Shadow of Distant Worlds: An Autoguider for the 0.6m Perkin Research Telescope" Now employed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL

Julia Mulhern, B.A., 2012
"Using Tessera Terrain to Investigate Fold Belt Topography in Ovda Regio, Venus" Now a graduate student at Univ. of Utah

Rebecca Snelling B.A., 2012
"Chemical variation within the Talcott flood basalt, Connecticut " Now working in the environmental sector

Jane Wiedenbeck, M.A., 2011
"Characterization of bacterial evolution: the importance of ecology and the rate of divergence on species formation" Now in the Green Corps

Katherine Wyman, M.A., 2011
"Probing Our Heliospheric History: Constructing a Density Profile of the ISM in the Sun's Rearview Mirror" Now a Technical Assistant for the Chandra Space Telescope at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Laura Anderson, B.A., 2011
Gilmore M. S., Thompson D. R., Anderson L. J., Karamzadeh N., Mandrake L., Castaño R. (2011) Superpixel segmentation for analysis of hyperspectral datasets, with application to CRISM data, M3 data, and Ariadnes Chaos, Mars, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2010JE003763.

Marshall Johnson, B.A., 2011
"The Shadows of Distant Worlds: Exoplanetary Transit Timing Using the Perkin Telescope" Now a Ph.D. student in Astronomy at Univeristy of Texas, Austin

Margaret Selzer, M.A., 2010
"Characterizing the optical properties of Coclodinuium polykrikoides: Implications for the remote sensing of harmful algal blooms in the Peconic Estuary, NY"

Erin Arai, M.A., 2010
"Effective Temperature Variations of a Transiting Exoplanet Host Star" Now working in the finance sector

Amanda Thompson, M.A., 2010
"Kinetics of hydrogen isotope fractionation in gypsum: Planetary and terrestrial applications" Now at the Museum of Science, Boston

Tristan Kading, M.A., 2010
"Acid volcanic fluids at Copahue Argentina: Analogs for ancient fluids at Meridiani Planum, Mars" Now a Ph.D. student at WHOI

Emily Leiner, B.A., 2010
“Analyzing light curves of transiting extrasolar planets" Now a PhD student in Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin

Dr. Samantha Lawler, M.A., 2009
"The gas component of KH15D's circumbinary disk" Ph.D., University of British Columbia, now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria

Tanya Harrison, M.A., 2008
“Origin and Composition of the Light-Toned Layered Deposits in Iani Chaos, Mars” Worked Malin Space Science Systems, Now a Ph.D. student at the University of Western Ontario

Dr. Ann Ollila, M.A., 2007
“Temperature analysis of gullied slopes on Mars: Evidence for a thermal control on gully formation” Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences at UNM, now at Chevron

Beck Straley, B.A., 2007
“Mapping and structural analysis of SW Tellus Regio, Venus” Now working in the environmental sector

Dr. Cassie Fallscheer, M.A., 2006
"Young stars and disks" Ph.D. from the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, now a Lecturer in Physics at Central Washington University

Dr. Nina Lanza, M.A., 2006
“Geometry of martian hillside gullies in the northern hemisphere: evidence for an insolation-driven mechanism of formation” PhD in Planetary Sciences from UNM, now at Los Alamos National Lab

Dr. Maya Gomes, B.A., 2006
"Jarosite formation at Sulfur Springs, St. Lucia, WI as a Mars analogue" Ph.D. in Geosciences at Northwestern, now at postdoctoral associate at Harvard.

Sarah Dunagan, M.A., 2005
"Foliar accumulation of mercury and its effects on the reflectance spectra of vegetation in Connecticut" Now a research scientist at the Silent Spring Institute

Matthew Merrill, M.A., 2005
"Autonomous mineral detectors for future Mars exploration missions" Now at the USGS, Reston

Mary Hui, B.A., 2005
"Variability in the ONC: Periods, slow variables, and X-ray flares", Now working in the finance sector

Naomi Goldenson, B.A., 2005
"Slope Stability for Granular Materials Under External Vibration" M.A. in Planetary Geology at Arizona State University; now a Ph.D. student in Atmospheric Sciences at the Univ. of Washington

Carl Cervone, B.A., 2004
"Assessing soil loss and its impact on agrarian livelihoods: A case study of the village of Kambi ya Simba, Tanzania" Officer with the Multi-Environmental Society (MESO), Tanzania

Dr. Catrina Hamilton-Drager, Ph.D., 2003
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dickinson College

Dr. Cheney Shreve, M.A., 2003
“Estimating the coverage of P. australis in the wetland regions of the Connecticut River using remotely sensed data” Ph.D., University of Virginia, now a technical engineer at ITT Visual Information Solutions

Taras Gapotchenko, M.A., 2002
“Use of ocean color remote sensing in the study of primary productivity and anoxia in Long Island Sound”

Eleyne Phillips, B.A., 2002
Gilmore M. S. and Phillips E .L. (2002) Role of aquicludes in formation of Martian gullies, Geology 30, 1107-1110. Staff at Earthquake Science Center, USGS Menlo Park

Dr. Ian Garrick-Bethell, B.A., 2002
Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Robert Nelson, M.A., 1969
Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute, Activist

Dr. William V. Boynton, B.A., 1966
Professor, Dept. of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona

Dr. E. Myles Standish, B.A., 1960, M.A., 1962
Jet Propulsion Laboratory