Dr. Ted A. Maxwell is Senior Scientist at the National Air and Space Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. He served as Associate Director for Collections and Research for the Museum from 1996 to 2008, and from 1992 until 1996, he served as the Senior Advisor for Science at the Museum, providing review of the Museum's efforts in space science and representing the Smithsonian Institution on scientific research in the U.S. Global Change Research Program. From 1989 until 1992, he was Discipline Scientist for NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program, and from 1982 through 1989, was Chairman of the Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.
He joined the staff of the National Air and Space Museum in 1976 following a Visiting Graduate Fellowship at the Lunar Science Institute in Houston. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1971, received his M.S. degree in geology from the University of Utah in 1973, and his Ph.D. also from the University of Utah in 1977. His early graduate work was concentrated on fluvial systems, including analogs of channels discovered on Mars by Mariner 9. For his Ph.D. studies, he worked on the Apollo Lunar Sounder Experiment, a radar device flown on Apollo 17 to probe the lunar subsurface.
Maxwell has continued his planetary research with more than fifty publications in the professional literature and numerous lectures to both professional and public audiences. He has been a Principal Investigator in several of NASA's Planetary Geology and Data Analysis Programs, was Director (1982-1989) of the Regional Planetary Image Facility located at NASM, and is a past Chairman of the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America.
His terrestrial research concentrates on the use of remote sensing data to study environmental change in desert regions, particularly Egypt and Sudan, where he has been conducting field studies since 1978. He is co-editor of "Desert Landforms of Southwest Egypt: A Basis for Comparison with Mars", and has recently been using a variety of remote sensing data and field information to determine the geologic record of climate change in the desert. Maxwell was a Principal Investigator in NASA's Solid Earth Science Program, and was a Co-Investigator on the SIR-C mission, a Space Shuttle radar experiment flown in 1994.
Dr. Ted A. Maxwell's CV (PDF)
Links and projects:
Selima Sand Sheet Dynamics and Landscape Evolution
Paleolakes on Mars
Planetary Ground Penetrating Radar