Dr. Catherine Neish

Planetary Surfaces

Catherine Neish

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2008
Office: BGS 0170
Lab: BGS 0175
Phone: 519-661-2111 x.83188
Fax: 519-661-3198
Email: cneish@uwo.ca
Web: planetneish.com

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

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

Current Students

  • 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

Future Students

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.