Gareth Morgan is a postdoctoral fellow at CEPS where he is applying radar data to the geological study of the Moon and Mars. His lunar work utilizes data acquired by the Arecibo radar observatory in Puerto Rico to investigate the surface of the near side of the moon. With regards to Mars, Gareth is involved with the Mars SHARAD (SHAllow RADar sounder) team to study the three-dimensional properties of the martian crust. This builds upon his previous experience in using image datasets from orbital cameras to conduct morphological studies of the surface of Mars.
Gareth received his PhD in Geological Sciences at Brown University. His research was focused on the relationship between climate history and the evolution of periglacial/glacial landscapes on Mars and the Earth. In order to constrain the range of climatic conditions required for landform formation, Gareth joined research groups from Brown and Boston University on expeditions to the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. During his time in Antarctica, Gareth also worked as part of ice core drilling teams and assisted in the collection of geological samples to calibrate satellite data.
Prior to his arrival in the United States, Gareth obtained his Bachelors’ degree in physical geography at the University of Edinburgh in 2003. In 2004 he completed his Masters in Ocean Remote Sensing at the UK’s National Oceanography Center at the University of Southampton.
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