Early Mars possessed the most likely conditions for stable liquid water on the surface (and, by extension, for life), but it’s also the time period we know the least about. Many unusual geologic features on Mars lack terrestrial analogues, and their relationship to any hydrologic activity thus remains unexplained.  Image via NASA.
       
     
 Pluto’s famous “heart,” Sputnik Planitia, has been suggested to be a massive impact basin, but its history and influence on the evolution of Pluto remains unknown. I utilize a combination of hydrocode and finite element modeling to simulation the formation and evolution of Sputnik Planitia over geologic time to see if a subsurface ocean was needed to produce the basin as we see it today.  Image via NASA.
       
     
 Multiring basins dominate the geologic record, crustal structure, and tectonic history of the Moon. However, their formation, particularly the development of the ring structure, remains poorly understood. We introduce a more complex model of acoustic fluidization to take a closer look at the largest basins in the Solar System.  Image via NASA
       
     
 I’m exploring space exploration as a function of the intersection between science and humanity, particularly through an investigation of how human culture undergoes an evolution during astronauts’ journeys in space. Check out my TEDx talk on the subject  here !  Image via TEDxProvidence.
       
     
 Worked with Dr. Adrian Lenardic and Dr. Helge Gonnermann to create a numerical model predicting the long-term deformation of the ice shell in the South Polar Region of Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, as the result of sustained tectonic activity at the large fissures known as the Tiger Stripes. Research presented as senior thesis: Tectonic history of Enceladus's SPT and its ties to the formation of the tiger stripe fractures.