Dr. Kelsi N Singer

Postdoctoral Researcher at Southwest Research Institute - Planetary Science Directorate

Office: 5th floor (near Diane)

Office Phone #: 303-226-5910  

in SWRI ext.: 7258



I am currently a postdoctoral researcher on the science team of the New Horizons mission to Pluto.  I help with mission planning, map making, and data analysis related to geology and geophysics.

My graduate research focused on the geology and geophysics of the  icy moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune.  I completed my Ph.D. under Professor Bill McKinnon in 2013 and also conducted a one year post-doc at Wash U. studying lunar cratering with Professor Brad Jolliff and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team.  

I maped a variety of geologic features on different moons.  I then related these surface features to theories about the moon's:

  • interior dynamics, 
  • surface material properties,
  • thermal history, 
  • or lithospheric stress.
I am also interested in empirical constraints on cratering physics.  See my research topics here.

Thesis  Title:

            Icy Satellite Tectonic, Geodynamic and Mass Wasting Surface Features:

Constraints on Interior Processes and Evolution