PTYS/LPL Graduate Students

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Zoe Wilbur (she/her/hers)

PTYS Graduate Student

Cosmochemistry, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs

BS Geosciences, 2018, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Major Advisor(s): Jessica Barnes
Minor Field(s) of Study: Geosciences
Minor Advisor(s): Dr. Ananya Mallik

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: 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.

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[4] Z. E. Wilbur, J.J. Barnes, S.A. Eckley, R.A. Zeigler, J.W. Boyce, M. Brounce, J.L. Mosenfelder, C.A Crow, T. Zega (in review) Volatiles, vesicles, and vugs: Unraveling the magmatic and eruptive histories of Steno Crater basalts. Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

[3] 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.

[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.

Meteoritical Website Committee co-editor of collection histories and initiatives directed towards non-academic members of the website

NASA SUITS (Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students) Geology Team Lead

PLANETS (PLanetary Agender, Non-binary, womEn and Trans Scientists and Staff) Coordinator, 2022

PLANETS (PLanetary Agender, Non-binary, womEn and Trans Scientists and Staff) Member, 2019-2022


A Rockin’ Time for Space Missions” by Katherine Wright, Physics

“USC and UA Students are Developing an AR Interface to Inform Lunar Astronauts of Location, Vitals” by USC Viterbi Staff; USC

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