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Curriculum Vitae:

Catherine Elder

  • Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona (2015)
  • B.A. in Astronomy, Cornell University (2008)

Research Interests
  • Planetary surface processes such as volcanism, tectonism, and impact cratering on rocky and icy bodies
  • Mantle convection with emphasis on the differences between stagnant lid convection, the heat pipe mechanism, and plate tectonics
  • The effects of internal heat loss on planetary surfaces through tectonics and volcanism

Professional Experience
  • Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2018-present)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2015-2018)
  • Graduate Research Associate, University of Arizona (2009-2015)
  • Undergraduate researcher, Cornell University (2007-2008)

Selected Awards
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Outstanding Student Paper Award (2014)
  • Uwingu Student Travel Grant (2014)
  • Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Career Development Award (2013)
  • Shandel Travel Award (2013)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) (2010 - 2013)
  • JPL Postdoc Research Day Best Planetary Science and Life Detection Poster (2016)

Selected Publications
  • Walsh, K. J., E. R. Jawin, R-L. Ballouz, O. S. Barnouin, E. B. Bierhaus, H. C. Connolly, J. L. Molaro, T. J. McCoy, M. Delbo, C. M. Hartzell, M. Pajola, S. R. Schwartz, D. Trang, E. Asphaug, K. J. Becker, C. B. Beddingfield, C. A. Bennett, W. F. Bottke, K. N. Burke, B. C. Clark, M. G. Daly, D. N. DellaGiustina, J. P. Dworkin, C. M. Elder, D. R. Golish, A. R. Hildebrand, R. Malhotra, J. Marshall, P. Michel, M. C. Nolan, M. E. Perry, B. Rizk, A. Ryan, S. A. Sandford, D. J. Scheeres, H. C. M. Susorney, F. Thuillet, D. S. Lauretta & The OSIRIS-REx Team (2019) Craters, boulders and regolith of (101955) Bennu indicative of an old and dynamic surface. Nature Geoscience 12, 242-246.
  • DellaGiustina, D. N., J. P. Emery, D. R. Golish, B. Rozitis, C. A. Bennett, K. N. Burke, R-L. Ballouz, K. J. Becker, P. R. Christensen, C. Y. Drouet d’Aubigny, V. E. Hamilton, D. C. Reuter, B. Rizk, A. A. Simon, E. Asphaug, J. L. Bandfield, O. S. Barnouin, M. A. Barucci, E. B. Bierhaus, R. P. Binzel, W. F. Bottke, N. E. Bowles, H. Campins, B. C. Clark, B. E. Clark, H. C. Connolly Jr., M. G. Daly, J. de Leon, M. Delbo, J. D. P. Deshapriya, C. M. Elder, S. Fornasier, C. W. Hergenrother, E. S. Howell, E. R. Jawin, H. H. Kaplan, T. R. Kareta, L. Le Corre, J.-Y. Li, J. Licandro, L. F. Lim, P. Michel, J. Molaro, M. C. Nolan, M. Pajola, M. Popescu, J. L. Rizos Garcia, A. Ryan, S. R. Schwartz, N. Shultz, M. A. Siegler, P. H. Smith, E. Tatsumi, C. A. Thomas, K. J. Walsh, C. W. V. Wolner, X.-D. Zou, D. S. Lauretta & The OSIRIS-REx Team (2019) Properties of rubble-pile asteroid (101955) Bennu from OSIRIS-REx imaging and thermal analysis. Nature Astronomy 3, 341-351.
  • Elder, C. M., A. M. Bramson, L. W. Blum, H. T. Chilton, A. Chopra, C. Chu, A. Das, A. Davis, A. Delgado, J. Fulton, L. Jozwiak, A. Khayat, M. Landis, J. L. Molaro, M. Slipski, S. Valencia, J. Watkins, C. Young, C. J. Budney, K. L. Mitchell (2018) OCEANUS: A high science return Uranus orbiter with a low-cost instrument suite. Acta Astronautica 148, 1-11.
  • Hayne, P. O., J. L. Bandfield, M. A. Siegler, A. R. Vasavada, R. R. Ghent, J.-P. Williams, B. T. Greenhagen, O. Aharonson, C. M. Elder, P. G. Lucey, D. A. Paige (2017) Global Regolith Properties of the Moon from the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment. Jour- nal of Geophysical Research - Planets 122, 2371-2400.
  • Elder, C. M., P. O. Hayne, J. L. Bandfield, R. R. Ghent, J.-P. Williams, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, D. A. Paige (2017) Young Lunar Volcanic Features: Thermophysical Properties and Formation. Icarus 290, 224-237.
  • Elder, C. M., V. J. Bray, H. J. Melosh (2012) The Theoretical Plausibility of Central Pit Crater Formation Via Melt Drainage. Icarus 221, 831-843

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