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Dr. Peter D. Lanagan: Research Associate

Peter Lanagan at Johnston Ridge near Mount St. Helens. (Sep 2002) (Photo credit: Oleg Abramov)

Peter Lanagan at Johnston Ridge near Mount St. Helens. (Sep 2002) (Photo credit: Oleg Abramov)

About Peter Lanagan

As a planetary geologist, I synthesize information gleaned from remote sensing and in-situ datasets of planetary surfaces to constrain formation models for observed landforms. I also examine terrestrial geologic features in order to examine their modes of formation and use those observations as calibration points for models for extraterrestrial landforms. My efforts are focused on processes that shape planetary surfaces, i.e. volcanism, hydrology, slope degradation, and impact cratering. I am particularly interested in the evolution of the martian surface.

Currently, I am analyzing impact crater populations of the north polar regions of Mars including regions under consideration for targets for the Phoenix lander. I am also participating in surface operations for the Mars Exploration Rovers as a remote Payload Uplink Lead for the Microscopic Imager and Engineering Cameras.

In addition to my Mars work, I have recently been involved in the analysis of Huygens images of Titan.

Contact Information

  • Office: Rm. 107-C; Phoenix Science Operations Center
  • Address: 1415 N 6th Ave.; Lunar and Planetary Laboratory; University of Arizona; Tucson AZ 85705-6643
  • WWW: http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~planagan/

Academic Degrees