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Dr. Catherine Neish

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Canada
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Earth, Icy satellites, Mercury, Moon, Titan, Venus
Disciplines/Techniques: Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Impacts, Radar, Remote sensing, Volcanism
Missions: Cassini, Chandrayaan 1 (India), LRO
Mission Roles: Data archive, Data validation, Instrument operations, Mission science team, Science operations

Research Interests

Dr. Neish is an expert in the use of radar observations to study the geology of planetary surfaces, with a particular emphasis on processes related to impact cratering. She is an Associate Science Team member for the RADAR instrument on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, and was involved in the science and operations of the Mini-RF hybrid-polarimetric radar on board NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. 

Professional History

Dr. Neish received her PhD in Planetary Sciences in 2008 from the University of Arizona. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center between 2009 and 2013, before accepting her first faculty appointment at The Florida Institute of Technology. Since 2015, she has been an Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, a position which she has maintained since joining PSI in 2016.

Honors and Awards

AGU Ronald Greeley Early Career Award in Planetary Science, 2014

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