My name is Tabb Prissel and I'm interested in the large-scale magmatic evolution of the rocky planets, moons, and differentiated asteroids. My research blends experimental and igneous petrology with astromaterials analysis and global geologic characterizations made by orbital spacecraft. I developed a passion for experimental and analytical petrology pursuing my B.Sc. degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead, working in our experimental and electron-probe microanalysis labs. My interests in planetary geology led me to a geophysics internship at the NASA Ames Research Center working with the Martian and Titan (moon of Saturn) wind tunnels. This path then propelled me into the Ph.D. program at Brown University. Presently, I am working as the Gordon A. McKay Postdoctoral Fellow within the Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science Division, NASA Johnson Space Center.
I’m also enthusiastic about teaching and strive to promote friendly, safe, and thought-provoking environments in the classroom. I firmly believe (1) that geologists are storytellers and (2) questions are good. In this way, I emphasize conceptual- and inquiry-based experiments and activities to engage students and empower exploration. I also believe in presenting discussion topics in a manner that allows teacher and student to become colleagues in discovery. If you have any questions about graduate school or any of the research I'm involved with, please do get in touch!