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Education

Brown University

Graduate Student, Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (Expected Spring 2021)

Advisor: Brandon Johnson

M.S. Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences (Spring 2018)

Advisor: James W. Head

Thesis: Subsurface collapse and denudation of the fretted terrain and the Arabia Terra plateau: Origins and implications for martian dichotomy boundary evolution.

Rice University

B.S. Earth Science

B.A. History

GPA 3.88, Cum Laude

Senior Thesis: Tectonic history of Enceladus's SPT and its ties to the formation of the tiger stripe fractures.


Publications

Peer-Reviewed

C. A. Denton and J.W. Head (2018), Fretted channels and closed depressions in Arabia Terra, Mars: Origins and implications for dichotomy boundary evolution. In Preparation.

Popular Publications

C.A. Denton (2019), Does your conference spark joy? Two days at Women in Space 2019. Women In Astronomy, February 2019.

C.A. Denton (2018), The Venus Controversy. Planetary.org, August 2018.

C.A. Denton (2018), Ecological militarism: The history of the military's relationship with climate change. Historical Climatology, May 2018.

C.A. Denton (2018), #LPSC2018: Understanding early Mars through fluvial features. Planetary.org, April 2018.


Relevant Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Brown University Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science, Providence, RI, August 2016-present. PhD Advisor: Brandon Johnson. Masters Advisor: James W. Head. Masters thesis: Subsurface collapse and denudation of the fretted terrain and the Arabia Terra plateau: Origins and implications for martian dichotomy boundary evolution.

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Rice University Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science, Houston, TX, Fall 2015-Spring 2016. Advisors: Dr. Adrian Lenardic and Dr. Helge Gonnermann. Project Title: Numerical investigation of long-term ice shell strength in Enceladus' South Polar Terrain.

Summer Research Intern, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, May-August 2015. Advisor: Dr. David Kring. Project title: Differential vertical and radial displacement along faults in the crater wall during the formation of Meteor Crater, AZ.


Honors and Awards

Graduate

Association for Women Geoscientists Takken Travel Award, 2019

National Academies Space Science Week Early Career Program, 2019.

Women in Space Travel Grant, 2019.

Dance Magazine 25 to Watch, 2019.

Brown University Presidential Fellow, 2016-2019.

Brown University Graduate Travel Grant, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Brown University International Travel Grant, 2016.

Undergraduate

ExxonMobil Outstanding Undergraduate in Earth Science, 2016

Charles S. Garside Jr. Prize in History, 2016

Houston Geological Society Outstanding Student Award, 2015

Houston Geological Society Maby Scholarship, 2015.

Houston Gem and Mineral Society Scholarship, 2014.


Skills

Computer Languages and Software

Languages: Python, MATLAB, Unix

Software: iSALE shock physics code, ESRI's ArcGIS, Exelis Visual Information Solutions (ENVI), COMSOL, LaTeX

Spacecraft Dataset Experience

Geomorphic mapping: CTX, HiRISE, LRO NAC, WAC, THEMIS, Cassini ISS

Numerical topographic analysis: LOLA, MOLA, HRSC, HiRISE DEM

Mineralogy: OMEGA, CRISM, MAHLI, Dawn VIR

Field work

Independent historical geology research, Rice University. Lofoten, Norway, Åre, Sweden, and the Italian Dolomites. 2016.

Tear-fault mapping and sample collection for the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Barringer Meteor Crater, AZ. 2015

Geological field mapping and hazard identification. Himalaya Field School, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal. 2014.

Geologic mapping course, Rice University. San Ysidro Quadrangle, NM. 2014.

Underwater archeological excavation, artifact identification, and shipwreck mapping. Sanisera Field School, Menorca, Spain. 2013.


Selected First Author Presentations

(* denotes oral presentation)

*Denton, C.A. and J.W. Head (2019). Fretted channels and closed depressions in Arabia Terra, Mars: Origins and implications for subsurface hydrologic activity. 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, Abstract #1082.

*Denton, C.A. and J.W. Head (2019). Fretted channels and closed depressions in Arabia Terra, Mars: Origins and implications for subsurface hydrologic activity. Women in Space, Scottsdale, AZ.

*Denton, C.A. and J.W. Head (2018). Mapping the fretted terrain north of Arabia Terra, Mars: Results and implications for dichotomy boundary formation. 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, Abstract #1597.

Denton, C.A. and J.W. Head (2018). Subsurface hydrologic activity in northern Arabia Terra, Mars: Implications for formation of fretted channels. 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, Abstract #1607

*Denton, C.A. and J.W. Head (2018). Mapping the fretted terrain north of Arabia Terra, Mars: Results and implications for the origin of the dichotomy boundary. Women in Planetary Science and Exploration, Toronto, Canada.

Denton, C.A. and J.W. Head (2017). Fretted terrain, Mars: Implications of missing volume for hypotheses of origin. 8th Moscow Solar System Symposium, Moscow, Russia.

*Denton, C.A. (2017). Netflix and chill at 0 Kelvin: How human culture will make the leap to space. TEDxProvidence, Providence, RI. Invited talk.

*Denton, C.A. and J.W. Head (2017). Arabia Terra-Meridiani Planum as possible glacial loess and outwash/playa plains adjacent to Late Noachian/Early Hesperian icy highlands. 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, Abstract #ADD.

Denton, C.A. and J.W. Head (2017). Protonilus Mensae: Origin by contact and deferred melting associated with emplacement of Late Noachian flood volcanism. 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, Abstract #ADD.

*Denton, C.A. and J.W. Head (2016). Fretted terrain origins and the problems of Arabia Terra, with a focus on stratigraphic and temporal relationships. 7th Moscow Solar System Symposium, Moscow, Russia.


Teaching and mentoring

Lead Instructor, Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond. Summer at Brown STEM II Program, Summer 2019.

Teaching Assistant, Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond. Summer at Brown STEM II Program, Summer 2018.

Brown University Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Certificate I: Reflective Teaching, Fall 2017.

Chair and panel member, International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) Brown-Stanford Team review. 2016, 2017, 2018.

Spacecraft Design Engineering graduate mentor, Brown University. 2017, 2018.


professional activities and service

Student organizer, Microsymposium Conference, Houston, TX, 2017-2018

Outreach and Advocacy

Invited Speaker, La Salle Scholars Program. 2018, 2019. Led a workshop for high school students interested in unusual career opportunities. The workshop explores different career pathways in earth and space science.

Co-Director, Young Scholars Conference. 2017, 2018. Co-directed a conference for women in science and engineering to prepare them for the academic and industrial job market. Events included networking panels, practice job talks, and sample interviews.

Co-Director, Brown University Graduate Women in Science and Engineering. 2017-present. Elected leader of GWISE at the University level to facilitate networking, professional development, and community-building.

Brown Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science

Graduate Student Climate Task Force Representative. 2019.

Graduate Diversity Working Group Workshop Leader. 2018-present.

DEEPS Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Co-President. 2018-present.

Graduate Student Body Co-President. 2017-2018.

Professional Memberships

Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG), November 2016

American Geophysical Union (AGU), April 2015

Geological Society of America (GSA), Planetary Science Division, September 2016

Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), November 2016