Dr. Catherine Neish
My research interests focus on the use of orbital radar observations to study the geology of planetary surfaces, with a particular focus on processes related to impact cratering. Radar represents the best way to observe the surface of planets with large opaque atmospheres, such as Venus and Saturn’s moon Titan, leading to a better understanding of their surface morphology. It also provides a wealth of information about the physical properties of the surface being imaged, revealing features not easily seen with optical data alone.
To pursue my interest in planetary radar, I am involved in several spacecraft missions. I am currently a member of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s (LRO) Mini-RF science team, and an associate member of the Cassini RADAR team, which continues to provide the highest resolution views of Titan’s surface.
- C.D. Neish, L.M. Carter (2014) Planetary radar. In: Spohn, T., Johnson, T. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 3rd Edition. Academic Press, London, UK, in press.
- C.D. Neish, J. Madden, L.M. Carter, B.R. Hawke, T. Giguere, V.J. Bray, G.R. Osinski, J.T.S. Cahill (2014) Global distribution of lunar impact melt flows. Icarus 239, 105-117.
- H.J. Cleaves, C. Neish, M.P. Callahan, E. Parker, F.M. Fernandez, J.P. Dworkin (2014) Amino acids generated from hydrated Titan tholins: Comparison with Miller-Urey electric discharge products. Icarus 237, 182-189.
- C.D. Neish, R.D. Lorenz (2014) Elevation distribution of Titan’s craters suggests extensive wetlands. Icarus 228, 27-34.
For a complete listing, see my website.
- ES 3001B: Astrobiology
- ES 4001Y: Planetary Surfaces Field School
- Planetary Science 9606L: Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Short Course
- Jeffrey Daniels, MSc Geology and Planetary Science Candidate
- Joshua Hedgepeth, MSc Geophysics and Planetary Science Candidate
- Carolina Rodriguez, MSc Geology Candidate
- Gavin Tolometti, PhD Geology and Planetary Science Candidate
- Alyssa Werynski, MSc Geophysics and Planetary Science Candidate
Dr. Neish currently has openings for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students interested in the landscape evolution of planetary surfaces, using remote sensing data sets, field work, and modeling to understand how planets change over time. Specific projects include understanding the emplacement of impact melt on the Moon and the degradation of impact craters on Saturn’s moon Titan.