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Dr. Gareth Morgan

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in DC
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Venus
Disciplines/Techniques: Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Radar, Volcanism
Missions: LRO, MRO
Mission Roles: Instrument Co-Investigator

Research Interests

Dr. Gareth A. Morgan specializes in the application of radar to study the geologic history of the terrestrial planets. Gareth is a team member on the SHAllow RADar (SHARAD) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mini-RF on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in addition to collecting Earth-based data from the Arecibo Observatory. Building upon fieldwork in terrestrial analog sites, Gareth research focusses on the structure and emplacement of volcanic provinces and periglacial activity on the Earth and Mars.   

Professional History

Academic Positions:

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
- Physical Research Scientist, September 2013 to 2017

- Research Fellow. September 2010 – August 2013

Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University.
- Postdoctoral Researcher, September 2009 – August 2010.

Higher Education:

PhD in Geological Sciences, Brown University, 2005 – 2009.
Advisor: Professor James W. Head III. Title: Cold-Climate (Periglacial) Landforms on the Earth and Mars: Geomorphic Evidence for Ice-Related Flow and Conditions for the Generation of Meltwater.
Master of Science in Ocean Remote Sensing, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, UK. 2003 – 2004.
Bachelor of Science in Geography (with Honors), University of Edinburgh, UK. 1999 – 2003.
Honors: 2003 Alan Ogilvie Prize for Outstanding Dissertation/Fieldwork.

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