I'm interested in the large-scale magmatic evolution of the rocky planets, Moon, and differentiated asteroids. For instance, my Ph.D. dissertation focused on the origin of the lunar highlands magnesian-suite rocks (Mg-suite, a small group of plutonic, igneous rock fragments and clasts), which are interpreted to represent the earliest stages of intrusive magmatism on the Moon (~ 4.3 Ga). Moreover, Mg-suite rocks contain the most forsteritic olivine compositions (Mg2SiO4) among the lunar samples suggesting the Mg-suite parent is the least fractionated melt from the Moon’s interior. The ancient ages and primitive mineralogy have been used to link Mg-suite petrogenesis to major hypotheses concerning planetary formation and large-scale magmatic evolution including the differentiation of a global magma ocean, cumulate mantle overturn, and the density structure and thermal evolution of the ancient lunar crust.
In order to better understand extraterrestrial igneous systems, my research blends experimental petrology with astromaterials analysis and global geologic characterizations made by orbital spacecraft. If you're interested in the research I'm conducting, explore the links below to learn a little more - and remember to check back for updates!