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Academic & Research Interest

  • Over a decade of sustained research funding through NASA and DOE programs  using remote sensing data sets and laboratory analysis to identify and map the surface composition of solid planets in the solar system.
  • Major scientific discoveries have included identifying oxygen on Ganymede, large path lengths in ice for the seasonal polar cap of Mars, and identification of ammonia ices on Pluto's satellite Charon.
  • Member of the Mars Exploration Rover (MER), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Color Imager (MARCI) and Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) science teams. Service on numerous National Research Council (NRC) and NASA committees related to planetary exploration.
  • Recipient of the Mackay Faculty Achievement Award, the College of Science Excellence in Research Award, and Graduate Student Association Outstanding Mentor Award and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship.

Areas of Study

Geochemistry,   Geophysics,   GIS/spatial analysis,   Remote sensing,   Water quality,  

Past Students:

Gwen Davies (MS)
Photo of Wendy Calvin

Contact Info

1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557
Office: (775) 784-1785