Maizey Benner

PTYS Graduate Student

Maizey is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Her research focuses on unraveling the thermodynamic history of phosphorus- and sulfur-bearing minerals in aqueously altered carbonaceous chondrites using coordinated electron microscopy techniques. Maizey uses the electron microprobe, Hitachi S4800 SEM, Helios focused ion beam, and Hitachi HF5000 S/TEM to characterize the structure and chemistry of these materials from the millimeter to atomic scale. As a complement to the characterization work, Maizey uses density functional theory and computational thermodynamics to understand the alteration conditions experienced on asteroidal parent bodies.


  • B.S. in Planetary Sciences, Purdue University, 2021
  • B.S. in Applied Physics, Honors, Purdue University, 2021
  • M.S. in Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, 2024