Dr. Catherine Neish

Planetary Surfaces

Catherine Neish

Associate 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.ca

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

Future Students

Dr. Neish has openings for ~2 new graduate students in Fall 2020