GEODES
Geophysical Exploration of the Dynamics
and Evolution of the Solar System

Leadership Team

 

Nicholas Schmerr

Principle Investigator

Nicholas Schmerr

Principle Investigator

Nick is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland College Park and a planetary geophysicist and seismologist. He uses geophysics to study the internal structure of both Earth and other worlds of our Solar System, with the goal of improving our understanding of how these objects formed, evolved, and to determine the current activity and state of their interiors. Nick is responsible for the management and administration of the GEODES project, and is a member of all four theme topics.

Jacob Richardson

Deputy Principle Investigator

Theme Lead - Magma-Tectonic Systems

Jacob Richardson

Deputy Principle Investigator
Theme Lead - Magma-Tectonic Systems

Jacob is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maryland College Park and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Jacob is a planetary volcanologist who models the timing of volcanism on rocky planets and how lava flows are emplaced and evolve.

Rebecca Ghent

Theme Lead - Regolith Structure and Composition

Rebecca Ghent

Theme Lead - Regolith Structure and Composition

Becky is a Senior Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute. She is interested in geological processes on all planets. She also enjoys living on Earth, and spends her time being outdoors in Portland, OR.

Matt Siegler

Theme Lead - Ice Deposits

Matt Siegler

Theme Lead - Ice Deposits

Matt is a Research Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute. He studies ice in unexpected places: the Moon and Mercury. He also studies ice on Mars. He is currently working on understanding and modeling the thermal stability of ice in the inner solar system.

Kelsey Young

Theme Lead - Lava Tubes and Void Spaces

Kelsey Young

Theme Lead - Lava Tubes and Void Spaces

Kelsey is a Research Space Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research focuses on the integration of science into human exploration. She investigates the science questions, tools, instruments, and operational concepts for the exploration of other planetary surfaces.

Patrick Whelley

Fieldwork Logistics Lead

Patrick Whelley

Fieldwork Logistics Lead

Patrick is a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland College Park and at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Patrick is a planetary geologist and volcanologist. Patrick manages the GEODES field expeditions to the western United States.

Molly Wasser

Public Engagement Lead

Molly Wasser

Public Engagement Lead

Molly is the Digital Media Lead for the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and ADNET Systems. She shares planetary science with the public through social media, websites, and in-person events (when possible).

Todd Karwoski

IT Lead

Todd Karwoski

IT Lead

Todd is a Faculty Specialist/Computing Assistant at the University of Maryland College Park. He provides IT support for GEODES in addition to maintaining the team website.

GEODES Co-Investigators

Ernest Bell

Lava Tubes and Voids, Magma-tectonics

Volcano Geophysics Graduate Student, University of Maryland

Ernest Bell

Co-Investigator

Jacob Bleacher

Lava Tubes and Voids, Magma-tectonics

Chief Exploration Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Jacob Bleacher

Co-Investigator

Debra Buczkowski

Lava Tubes and Voids

Structural Geologist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Debra Buczkowski

Co-Investigator

Debra Buczkowski is a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. She is a structural geologist and geologic mapper who has analyzed the morphology and kinematics of graben and linear structures on multiple rocky bodies in the Solar System, including, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Eros, Vesta and Ceres.

Lynn Carter

Regolith

Radar Remote Sensing, University of Arizona

Lynn Carter

Co-Investigator

Charles Connor

Magma-tectonics

Volcanologist, University of South Florida

Charles Connor

Co-Investigator

Laura Connor

Magma-tectonics

Computer Scientist, University of South Florida

Laura Connor

Co-Investigator

Matt Fouch

Magma-tectonics, Data Management

Seismologist, Samara/Data

Matt Fouch

Co-Investigator

I'm seismologist with deep roots in fieldwork, seismic data analysis, data management, and instrument development. I'm co-founder and Chief Scientist for Samara/Data, which provides a broad range of support (subject matter expertise, software development, project management) to a number of U.S. government agencies and industry partners to ensure a safer and more resilient nation. I'm excited to be part of the GEODES team and lend a hand on a number of the project Themes.

Sander Goossens

Magma-tectonics

Geodesist, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Sander Goossens

Co-Investigator

David Hollibaugh Baker

Ice Deposits, Magma-tectonics, Data Management

Radar Science, Archivist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

David Hollibaugh Baker

Co-Investigator

Terry Hurford

Magma-tectonics

Planetary Geodynamicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Terry Hurford

Co-Investigator

Lauren Jozwiak

Magma-tectonics

Planetary Volcanologist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Lauren Jozwiak

Co-Investigator

Sarah Kruse

Lava Tubes and Voids, Ice Deposits, Regolith

Near-surface Geophysicist, University of South Florida

Sarah Kruse

Co-Investigator

Vedran Lekic

Regolith, Magma-tectonics

Inversion & Geophysics, University of Maryland

Vedran Lekic

Co-Investigator

Laurent Montesi

Lava Tubes and Voids, Magma-tectonics

Geodynamicist, University of Maryland

Laurent Montesi

Co-Investigator

Adam Naids

Lava Tubes and Voids, Magma-tectonics

Hardware Development Engineer, NASA Johnson Space Center

Adam Naids

Co-Investigator

Ryan Porter

Ice Deposits, Magma-tectonics

Seismologist, Northern Arizona University

Ryan Porter

Co-Investigator

Derek Richardson

Regolith

Granular Dynamicist, University of Maryland

Derek Richardson

Co-Investigator

Derek is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Maryland. He uses numerical methods to model the formation of planets, the dynamics of planetary rings, the evolution of asteroids, and the behavior of granular materials in low gravity. He is a member of the Regolith theme as a GEODES Co-I and is also Co-I on the NASA DART mission.

Elise Rumpf

Ice Deposits, Magma-tectonics

Volcanologist and UAV Pilot, U.S. Geological Survey

Elise Rumpf

Co-Investigator

Norbert Schorghofer

Ice Deposits

Permafrost Science, Planetary Science Institute

Norbert Schorghofer

Co-Investigator

Jessica Sunshine

Ice Deposits, Regolith

Planetary Spectroscopist, University of Maryland

Jessica Sunshine

Co-Investigator

Nicole Whelley

Field Logistics, Public Engagement

Logistics Specialist, University of Maryland

Nicole Whelley

Co-Investigator

Danielle Wyrick

Ice Deposits, Lava Tubes and Voids

Structural Geologist, Southwest Research Institute

Danielle Wyrick

Co-Investigator

Wenlu Zhu

Ice Deposits, Lava Tubes and Voids, Regolith

Experimental Geophysicist, University of Maryland

Wenlu Zhu

Co-Investigator

GEODES Collaborators

Dave Akin

Lava Tubes and Voids

Spacesuit Design Engineer, University of Maryland

Dave Akin

Collaborator

Maria Banks

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Maria Banks

Collaborator

Michelle (Shelby) Bensi

University of Maryland

Michelle (Shelby) Bensi

Collaborator

David Coan

Lava Tubes and Voids, Magma-tectonics

Spacewalk Officer, NASA Johnson Space Center

David Coan

Collaborator

Barbara Cohen

Magma-tectonics

Planetary Geochronologist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Barbara Cohen

Collaborator

Timothy Glotch

Magma-tectonics

Principal Investigator for SSERVI’s RISE, Stony Brook University

Timothy Glotch

Collaborator

Amanda Hendrix

Regolith

Principal Investigator for SSERVI’s TREX, Planetary Science Institute

Amanda Hendrix

Collaborator

Huapeng Huang

Lava Tubes and Voids, Ice Deposits, Regolith, Magma-tectonics

Advanced Analyzer Labs, Inc.

Huapeng Huang

Collaborator

I am developing an in-situ X-ray TOMO-XRF system for planetary science under NASA SBIR support. This developing system will be used and evaluated during the Medicine Lake/Lava Beds field expedition in north California.

Harrison Lisabeth

Regolith

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Harrison Lisabeth

Collaborator

Harry is a Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His expertise is in experimental rock deformation and rock physics with a focus on making measurements at conditions relevant to natural processes. His involvement with GEODES is primarily concerned with assessing the physical properties of lunar materials to aid in the interpretation of geophysical data.

Erwan Marzarico

Ice Deposits

Geodesist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Erwan Marzarico

Collaborator

Clive Neal

Magma-tectonics

Lunar Geochemist, University of Notre Dame

Clive Neal

Collaborator

Mark Panning

Ice Deposits

Seismologist, Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mark Panning

Collaborator

Alex Parker

Regolith

Principal Investigator for SSERVI’s ESPRESSO, Southwest Research Institute

Alex Parker

Collaborator

Noah Petro

Regolith

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Noah Petro

Collaborator

Lisa Schleicher

Magma-tectonics

U.S. Geological Survey

Lisa Schleicher

Collaborator

Lisa is a geophysicist who works on a variety of topics related to understanding earthquake ground motions, active faulting, and landscape evolution on Earth, as well as Mercury and the Moon. She is currently working with the GEODES group on a lunar seismic hazard analysis and exploring possibilities for Earth-based planetary analog field studies such as geophysical experiments for visualizing fault structure to reduce uncertainties in seismic hazard.

Beck Strauss

Lava Tubes and Voids

Planetary Magnetist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Beck Strauss

Collaborator

Thomas Watters

Smithsonian Institution

Thomas Watters

Collaborator

Renee Weber

Ice Deposits

Planetary Seismologist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Renee Weber

Collaborator

Shawn Wright

Regolith

Principal Investigator for SSERVI’s TREX, Planetary Science Institute

Shawn Wright

Collaborator

For SSERVI TREX, Wright aims to compare analog rover data (collected in the field from several instruments) of fine-grained materials to their detailed geologic characterizations to better understand very fine-grained materials on planetary surfaces. For GEODES, Wright volunteered to help with field site selection in eastern Washington state.

GEODES Post-Doctoral Scientists

Sajad Jazayeri

University of South Florida

Sajad Jazayeri

Postdoc

Doyeon (DK) Kim

University of Maryland

Doyeon (DK) Kim

Postdoc

GEODES Graduate Students

Troy Berkey

Magma-tectonics

University of South Florida

Troy Berkey

Graduate Student

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida focusing on potential field modeling methods (magnetics and gravity) to visualize subsurface features associated with volcanic landforms, particularly fissure eruptions and their corresponding dikes and sills. My primary aim is to develop automated parameterization codes to increase the output reliability of potential field models developed at USF to identify, evaluate, and characterize these features on Earth and other planetary bodies.

Casey Braccia

University of Maryland

Casey Braccia

Graduate Student

John Coonan

Lava Tubes and Voids, Regolith

University of South Florida

John Coonan

Graduate Student

I have only just begun with my research, which is focused on modeling GPR propagation through lunar materials. I aim to use Earth analogues to improve the accuracy of predicted responses and increase our ability to determine subsurface geometries through GPR analysis of Earth's moon.

Joe DeMartini

Regolith

University of Maryland

Joe DeMartini

Graduate Student

Joe is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. He uses the parallel, N-body gravity tree code PKDGRAV, developed in part by his adviser, Derek Richardson, to simulate regolith motion on low-gravity surfaces like asteroids and the Moon.

Naya Deykes

Northern Arizona University

Naya Deykes

Graduate Student

Angelica Martinez

Ice Deposits, Regolith

Southern Methodist University/Planetary Science Institute

Angelica Martinez

Graduate Student

I am a geophysics PhD student at Southern Methodist University studying the low-temperature thermal properties of lunar regolith. My work focuses on constraining the thermophysical parameters that influence volatile stability in near-polar craters, particularly those that contain permanently shadowed regions.

Brianna Mellerson

University of Maryland

Brianna Mellerson

Graduate Student

Yisha Ng

Lava Tubes and Voids

Arizona State University, NASA Johnson Space Center

Yisha Ng

Graduate Student

Yisha is an MS student at Arizona State University studying Mechanical Engineering with an interest in engineering hardware for planetary exploration. She is also a Graduate Pathways Intern at NASA Johnson Space Center working on EVA Tools.

Cosmo Varah-Sikes

Regolith

University of Maryland

Cosmo Varah-Sikes

Graduate Student

I am an incoming graduate student at the University of Maryland College Park associated with the Department of Geology. My upcoming research will include the remote sensing of a compositionally unique lunar deposit in order to determine its petrologic origin.

Mackenzie White

Lava Tubes and Voids, Ice Deposits, Public Engagement

Southern Methodist University/Planetary Science Institute

Mackenzie White

Graduate Student

I am a PhD student in geophysics with Southern Methodist University/the Planetary Science Institute and currently a visiting graduate researcher at UCLA. My research focuses on planetary heat flow primarily on the Moon and Mars. I am on the NASA InSight and Mars 2020 Science Teams and involved in science communication.

Linden Wike

University of Maryland

Linden Wike

Graduate Student

Edward Williams

University of Maryland

Edward Williams

Graduate Student