Planetary Analogs

Planetary Analogs Faculty

Erik Asphaug

Erik Asphaug

Jessica Barnes

Jessica Barnes

Assistant Professor

Shane Byrne

Assistant Department Head

Lynn Carter

Associate Professor

Christopher Hamilton

Assistant Professor

Jack Holt

Professor, EDO Director

Alfred McEwen

Regents' Professor

Other Researchers Working in Planetary Analogs

Veronica Bray

Associate Staff Scientist

Saverio Cambioni

PTYS Graduate Student

Daniella DellaGiustina

Image Processing Lead Scientist, OSIRIS-REx
Senior Staff Scientist

Sarah Sutton

PTYS Graduate Student, Scientist, Photogrammetry & Image Processing

Support Staff Working in Planetary Analogs

Michael Christoffersen

Research Specialist

Hamilton Research Group

Dr. Hamilton's Research Group investigates a range of geologic surface processes to better understand the history of terrestrial bodies in the Solar System. These processes include volcanic, tectonic, glacial, fluvial, aeolian, and impact cratering activity, which we explore through a combination of field-based observations, remote sensing, geophysical modeling, and machine learning.

Seismometer to Investigate Ice and Ocean Structure (SIIOS)

The icy moons of Europa and Enceladus are thought to have subsurface oceans in contact with mineral-rich interiors, likely providing the ingredients needed for life as we know it. Their crustal thickness and structure is therefore one of the most important and controversial topics in astrobiology. In a future lander-based spacecraft investigation, seismic measurements will be a key geophysical tool for obtaining this critical knowledge. The Seismometer to Investigate Ice and Ocean Structure (SIIOS) field-tests flight-ready technologies and develops the analytical methods necessary to make a seismic study of Europa and Enceladus a reality.