About Us

Shane Byrne, director

 

Shane Byrne, director

Dr. Byrne's principal research interests are in surface processes on planetary bodies throughout the solar system, especially those processes which affect, or are driven by, planetary ices.

Mostly he investigates the formation and modification of the Martian polar ice deposits. Currently, he is also working on concentration of volatiles in the polar craters of the Moon and Mercury and on the possibility of surface frosts on large asteroids such as Ceres.

Maria Schuchardt, data manager

 

Maria Schuchardt, data manager

Maria Schuchardt graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Medical/Scientific Photography. She has worked at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory since 1991, starting as a photographer. With the advent of the digital age, in 1998 she became the Data Manager of the Space Imagery Center.