I am the Associate Professor of Planetary Science at North Carolina State University
As a planetary geologist, I am interested in how and why planets look the way they do.
With remotely sensed data, laboratory and numerical modeling, and fieldwork in analog sites around the world, I seek to understand how volcanic, tectonic, and impact processes have shaped planetary surfaces.
At NC State, I have established the Planetary Research Group to explore what our world can tell us of other planetary bodies—and vice versa.
On Sept. 14, 2020, a new planet was added to the list of potentially habitable worlds in the Solar System: Venus. Phosphine, a toxic gas made up of one phosphorus and three hydrogen atoms (PH₃), commonly produced by organic life forms but otherwise difficult to make on rocky planets, was discovered in the middle layer …