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Dr. Paul Hardersen

Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Tucson, AZ
phardersen [at] psi.edu
Areas of Expertise
Asteroids, Meteorites, Vesta | Astrometry, Education/Public Outreach, Geology, Heliophysics, Mineralogy, Petrology, Photometry, Remote sensing, Spectroscopy | Spectrometers | IRTF

Research Interests

  • Asteroid near-infrared (NIR) reflectance spectroscopy.
  • Asteroid - meteorite connections.
  • Asteroid surface mineralogical characterizations.
  • Asteroid astrometry and light-curve photometry.
  • Intrinsic sunspot rotations and potential associations with solar flares.
  • Lunar swirls.

Professional History

  • Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute, March 2017 - Present.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, University of North Dakota, August 2003 - May 2017,
  • Visiting Astronomer, NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, 2001 - Present.
  • Fellow, ASEE, Summer Faculty Fellowship, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM, June - August 2014.

Honors and Awards

  • University of North Dakota Outstanding Graduate or Professional Teaching Award, 2013.
  • University of North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award, 2011.
  • Naming of Asteroid 1981 EO15 as (8140) Hardersen.

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