Past and present research and exploration projects.
Hydrology of Terrestrial Planets
Though the existence and nature of an atmospheric hydrology varies greatly in our solar system, I am trying to understand how the various types of rainfall and groundwater are related between the different terrestrial planets. My work has focused on Mars and Titan.
Under the right conditions, the atmosphere of a terrestrial planet can completely freeze and fall as snow/ice on the planet’s surface.
I started my professional career as an aerospace engineer, and I gained spaceflight experience starting at Stanford when I was working on my Masters degree. I have been lucky enough to work on a number of great projects despite a very short career as purely an engineer. Now as a planetary scientist, I continue to work to be involved in planetary missions.