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Catherine Elder

Education
  • 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
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2015-present)
  • 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
  1. Elder, C. M., Bray, V. J., Melosh, H. J., 2012. The Theoretical Plausibility of Central Pit Crater Formation Via Melt Drainage. Icarus 221, 831-843.
  2. 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.

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