Dr. Kelsi N Singer

Senior Research Scientist at Southwest Research Institute - Planetary Science Directorate


Office: 5th floor (near front door)

Office Phone #: 303-226-5910  

in SWRI ext.: 7258

 

 

I am a planetary scientist currently studying the geology and geophysics of Pluto and Charon as a Co-I on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft mission to the Kuiper belt.  

My areas of expertise include: impact cratering with a focus on secondary craters, relating crater populations to impactor populations (scaling and size-frequency distributions), despinning lithospheric stresses and tectonics, long-runout landslides, chaotic terrains, GIS programming, geologic mapping, spacecraft observation planning, data analysis, and astrobiology.

My graduate research focused on the the geology and geophysics of the icy satellites 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 mapped 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