Zoë Wilbur

PTYS Graduate Student

Zoë Wilbur graduated with her B.S. in Geoscience from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors College in December of 2018. During her degree, Zoë interned at the NASA Johnson Space Center, and investigated the minerals present in aubrite and enstatite chondrite meteorites and evaluated these samples as geochemical mercurian analogs. After graduation, Zoë worked as a contractor at JSC, where she utilized X-ray computed tomography to create 3D representations of meteorites and Apollo samples (a 3D rendering of an Apollo 11 sample can be viewed here:  https://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/projects/astromaterials-3d/). As of August 2019, Zoë has joined the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory to work toward a PhD in Planetary Science, and she will participate in the coordinated analyses of volatiles in meteorites and ANGSA samples.


  • BSc in Geology, University Honors and Department Honors, Summa Cum Laude, 2018
  • Masters en Route in Planetary Science, 2022

[5] Z. E. Wilbur, J.J. Barnes, S.A. Eckley, I. J. Ong, M. Brounce, C.A. Crow, T. Erickson, J. J. Kent, J.W. Boyce, J.L. Mosenfelder, T. Hahn Jr., F. M. McCubbin, T. Zega, and the ANGSA Science Team (2023) Volatiles, vesicles, and vugs: Unraveling the magmatic and eruptive histories of Steno Crater basalts. Meteoritics and Planetary Sciencehttp://doi.org/10.1111/maps.14086.

[4] S. R. Ramsey, A. M. Ostwald, A. Udry, E. O’Neal, J. M. D. Day, Z. E. Wilbur, J. J. Barnes, S. Griffin (in review) Northwest Africa 13669, a Reequilibrated Nakhlite from a Previously Unsampled Portion of the Nakhlite Igneous Complex. Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

[3] Gignac, P. M., […] Wilbur, Z. E., et al. (In Review) The Non-Clinical Tomography Users Research Network: Why it Matters. Journal of Tomography of Materials and Structures.

[2] Z. E. Wilbur, A. Udry, F. M. McCubbin, K. E. Vander Kaaden, K. Ziegler, C. Defelice, T. J. McCoy, J. Gross, B. D. Turrin, N. J. Dygert, and C. McCoy (2022) The effects of highly reduced magmatism revealed through aubrites. Meteoritics and Planetary Science. doi: 0.1111/maps.13823

[1] A. Udry, Z. E. Wilbur, R. R. Rahib, F. M. McCubbin, K. E. Vander Kaaden, T. J. McCoy, K. Ziegler, J. Gross, C. Defelice, L. M. Combs, B. D. Turrin (2019) Reclassification of four aubrites as enstatite chondrite impact melts: Potential geochemical analogues for Mercury. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 54 (40), 785-810.