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Dr. Amy Shaw

Associate Research Scientist

Currently resides in Toronto, Canada
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Areas of Expertise
Asteroids, Earth, Mars, Small satellites | MER, MRO, OSIRIS-REx | Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Photometry, Numerical modeling, Geology, Education/Public Outreach, Geomorphology, Mineralogy, Mapping

Research Interests

Dr. Amy Shaw’s interests focus on the determination of physical properties of planetary surfaces, especially asteroids and comets. She uses spectrophotometric analyses to ascertain the properties of planetary surfaces, giving insight into their geologic history. Current and recent work has focused on the surfaces of Bennu and Mars. A major goal of her current work is to understand the interaction of light with planetary surfaces, with a focus on the effects of surface roughness, grain size, and mineralogy. This work involves the design and use of optical assemblies and goniometric instrumentation to make detailed laboratory reflectance measurements of planetary analog materials. These measurements are important for the interpretation of reflectance measurements made by many remote sensing instruments including those on spacecraft and telescopes.

Professional History

Dr. Shaw received her PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2012 at Washington University. She was postdoctoral fellow at York University and joined PSI in 2014.

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