My research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary in nature and I have an active and growing research program. The strength of my work stems from the synthesize of field and remote sensing observations with a range of geochemical data. I place a strong emphasis on fieldwork and this forms the basis for much of my research.
My current research falls into three main areas: planetary geology – which includes planetary surface processes and planetary materials – astrobiology, and economic geology. A common cross-cutting theme bridging these 3 areas is the study of meteorite impact structures and the processes, products, and effects of their formation. I approach planetary geology with the fundamental view that interpretations of other planetary bodies must begin by using the Earth as a reference.
In addition, I am also active in developing technologies and techniques for exploration, whether that be remote or extreme locations on Earth (e.g., High Arctic, deep underground mines) or human and robotic surface operations on the Moon and Mars. In essence, this part of my research addresses fundamental questions about how we explore and the techniques and technologies required to enable this exploration – both on Earth and other planetary bodies.