With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is July, The University of Florida highlighted our work on Apollo samples and all of the interesting things we are still learning from these rocks half a century later. The article, which you can read here, also highlights the NASA mission proposal which I am a co-investigator on. We are proposing to bring new samples of the Moon back from what we believe are the youngest flood basalts on the Moon. If you want to know more about our mission proposal, we which hope is selected for flight, you can check our more details in this great article from Space.com!
The Planetary Geochemistry Group has opportunities for highly motivated students seeking graduate degrees with an emphasis in Planetary Petrology and Geochemistry. Potential projects cover a wide range of topics including geochemical, mineralogical, and isotopic studies of planetary differentiation and core formation, the origin and evolution of the Moon’s crust and mantle, and the origins of planetary magmas. Students would join a group that utilizes experimental petrology in the newly established Experimental Geochemistry Lab, microbeam studies of meteorites and Apollo samples, and non-traditional stable isotope geochemistry to answer questions about these topics. The Department of Geological Sciences at UF is well-equipped with a wide array of instrumentation and resources available for these studies.
PhD and MSc positions are available as early as Fall 2019. For more information, please contact me (Prof. Stephen Elardo; email@example.com) with a C.V. and a brief description of research interests and experience.
Today marks my first day on the faculty in the Department of Geological Sciences at UF, so today is also the first day for the UF Planetary Geochemistry group! Obviously the group is just me at this point, but I'm looking for new members! If you are a student looking for grad school opportunities in petrology, geochemistry, and planetary science and think we would be a good fit together, send me an email with your CV and a brief description of your research interests and why you'd like to join the group. I'm looking for potential MSc and PhD students to start as early as Fall 2019. Click here for more info on the UF Geology graduate program and how to apply.