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D. Alex Patthoff

Education
  • Ph.D. Geology, University of Idaho (2013)
  • M.S. Geology, West Virginia University (2008)
  • B.S. Geology, West Virginia University (2006)
  • B.A. Physics, minor Astronomy. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2003)

Research Interests
  • Tectonic deformation of icy satellites
  • Structural geology
  • Geologic evolution of planetary bodies
  • Rock and ice fracture mechanics

Professional Experience
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA (2013 - Present)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Idaho (2008 - 2013)
  • Geologist Intern, Dominion Exploration and Production (2006 - 2008)
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University (2005 - 2007)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship, at NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2013)
  • Pellas-Ryder Award for Best Student Paper in Planetary Sciences jointly sponsored by the Meteoritical Society and the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America (2012)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Award. University of Idaho (2011)
  • Outstanding Departmental Graduate Student, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Idaho (2011)
  • Earth and Space Science Fellowship, NASA (2010)

Selected Publications
  1. Patthoff, D.A. & Kattenhorn, S.A., 2011. A fracture history on Enceladus provides evidence for a global ocean, Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L18201, doi:10.1029/2011GL048387.

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