Catherine Neish
The Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory

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Ph.D. in Planetary Science, 2008
University of Arizona

Applied Physics Laboratory
Johns Hopkins University
Laurel, MD

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Phone: (443) 778-5874
Email: catherine.neish at

I graduated from the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona in December 2008, and began a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in May 2009. My interests are twofold: (1) astrobiology, specifically the creation of prebiotic molecules on Titan's surface, and (2) radar observations of planetary objects.

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Aug. 2004 - Dec. 2008     Doctoral Program in Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona
Sept. 1999 - May 2004     Combined Honours Physics and Astronomy program, University of British Columbia


May 2009 - present     Studying the radar properties of the Moon using Mini-SAR data from ISRO's Chandrayaan-1 mission and NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Laurel, MD).
May 2005 - April 2009     Studying aqueous organic chemistry on Titan, using Cassini RADAR data and FT-MS laboratory data.University of Arizona - Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (Tucson, AZ).
May 2003 - Aug. 2003     Studied the properties of asteroids using the techniques of radar astronomy. NAIC - Arecibo Observatory (Arecibo, PR).


Aug. 2005 - Aug. 2008     NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral
April 2008     Galileo Circle Scholarship, University of Arizona
April 2006     Edward and Jill Bessey Scholarship in Astrobiology
Aug. 2004 - Aug. 2005     Julie Payette-NSERC Research Scholarship


Associate Team Member of the Cassini Radar Science Team (2010 - present)

Team Member of the Chandrayaan-1 and LRO Mini-RF Science Team (2009 - present)

Lead organizer for NLSI's first virtual workshop on Lunar Swirls, held September 7, 2011

Co-organizer of the first annual LunGradCon meeting, held July 18, 2010 at NASA Ames

Chapter reviewer for the book Titan after Cassini-Huygens, and the journals Icarus, Geophysical Research Letters, Planetary and Space Science, ApJ Letters, and Nature Geosciences

Review panel member for NASA ROSES, 2008, 2009

Participant, Teaching Excellence Workshop sponsored by the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), July 23-24, 2011

Featured in Discovery channel documentary, "Are We Alone?"

University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council
  • President (May 2007 - May 2008)
  • College of Science Representative (May 2005 - April 2007)


American Geophysical Union

Division for Planetary Science, American Astronomical Society


  • A. Coustenis, S.K. Atreya, T. Balint, R.H. Brown, M.K. Dougherty, F. Ferri, M. Fulchignoni, D. Gautier, R.A. Gowen, C.A. Griffith, L.I. Gurvits, R. Jaumann, Y. Langevin, M.R. Leese, J.I. Lunine, C.P. McKay, X. Moussas, I. Müller-Wodarg, F. Neubauer, T.C. Owen, F. Raulin, E.C. Sittler, F. Sohl, C. Sotin, G. Tobie, T. Tokano, E.P. Turtle, J.-E.Wahlund, J.H. Waite, K.H. Baines, J. Blamont, A.J. Coates, I. Dandouras, T. Krimigis, E. Lellouch, R.D. Lorenz, A. Morse, C.C. Porco, M. Hirtzig, J. Saur, T. Spilker, J.C. Zarnecki, E. Choi, C.D. Neish, and 111 colleagues (2009) TandEM: Titan and Enceladus mission. Experimental Astronomy 23, 893-946.
  • R.M.C. Lopes, K.L. Mitchell, E.R. Stofan, J. I. Lunine, R. Lorenz, F. Paganelli, R. L. Kirk, C.A. Wood, S.D. Wall, L. Robshaw, A.D. Fortes, C.D. Neish, J. Radebaugh, E. Reffet, C. Elachi, G. Boubin, M. D. Allison, Y. Anderson, R. Boehmer, P. Callahan, P. Encrenaz, E. Flamini, G. Francescetti, Y. Gim, G. Hamilton, S. Hensley, M. A. Janssen, W. T. K. Johnson, K. Kelleher, D. O. Muhleman, G. Ori, R. Orosei, S. J. Ostro, G. Picardi, F. Posa, L. E. Roth, R. Seu, S. Shaffer, L. A. Soderblom, B. Stiles, S. Vetrella, R.D. West, L. Wye, and H. A. Zebker (2007) Cryovolcanic features on Titan’s surface as revealed by the Cassini Radar Mapper. Icarus 186, 395-412.
  • P.C. Gregory, and C.D. Neish (2002) Density and velocity structure of the Be star equatorial disk in the binary LS I +61 303, a probable microquasar. The Astrophysical Journal 580, 1133-1148

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