I am a planetary geologist, which means that I study the moons, planets, and small bodies in our solar system. I figure out how these objects formed and how they have changed through time. My strong background in terrestrial geology informs my approach to planetary science.
My research focuses on what happens when objects in our solar system crash into each other. Such collisions, called impacts, have sculpted all solid bodies in the solar system, making impact cratering perhaps the most pervasive of all geological processes. I use hypervelocity impact experiments and geochemical methods as my primary tools for assessing how impacts have changed moons, planets, and small bodies through time.
In addition to this research, I cultivate a reflective teaching practice through programs offered by the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University. I further hone my teaching craft by creating and facilitating hands-on science experiences for college, high school, and elementary school students.
My teaching and outreach
I savor spreading science through teaching and public outreach. I immerse students in hands-on exploration and authentic research experiences while implementing evidence-based strategies to help students of diverse backgrounds find academic success.
Each summer I teach "Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond". I designed the course and currently co-teach it with my friend and colleague Stephanie Quintana Bouchey. Our award-winning class engages high school students uses problem-based learning as the mechanism for catalyzing student engagement.