Dr. Vicki Hansen

Senior Scientist

Currently resides in MN

Targets of Interest: Earth, Venus

Disciplines/Techniques: Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Mapping, Optical Microscopy, Petrology, Radar, Remote sensing, Tectonics

Dr. Hansen is a global geologist interested in the dynamic evolution of planets; her work focuses on Earth and Venus, but draws on studies of Moon, Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter’s and Saturn’s moons with the goal of gaining insight into large-scale tectonic processes of planetary bodies. Hansen’s recent interests focus on the geologic and tectonic processes of the Archean Earth, including formation of granite-greenstone belts and Earth’s continents, and the geological and geodynamic evolution of Earth’s sister planet Venus. Specific topics on Venus include: crustal plateau formation, deformation belt formation, coronae evolution, circular low formation, Venus evolution, lowland processes, Artemis superplume development, the formation of Ishtar Terra, tessera-terrain evolution, and mechanisms of heat global transfer.