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Dr. Briony Horgan

Professor Dr. Briony Horgan

Curriculum Vitae
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Briony Horgan is an Associate Professor of Planetary Science in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Her research program uses data from NASA satellites and rovers, along with lab and field work back on Earth, to understand the surface processes that have shaped Mars and the Moon. She is particularly interested in using mineralogy to investigate weathering and past surface environments on Mars, as well as volcanic, sedimentary, and impact processes on both planets. Briony is a Co-Investigator and Long-Term Planner on NASA’s Perseverance rover mission, the first step toward Mars Sample Return. She has served on a variety of NASA advisory committees and working groups that set the priorities for planetary exploration, including her current role on the Steering Committee for the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group. She was awarded the 2022 College of Science Research Award and is a University Faculty Scholar.

Education and Appointments:

2020-present   Associate Professor, Purdue University

2014-2020   Assistant Professor, Purdue University

2013                 Faculty Research Associate, Arizona State University

2010-2012      Exploration Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University

Advisor: Prof. Phil Christensen

2005-2010      Ph.D., Cornell University, Astronomy and Space Sciences

Advisor: Prof. Jim Bell

2001-2005      B.S., Oregon State University, Physics, summa cum laude.

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