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Dr. Alexander Sehlke begins FINESSE post-doctoral research fellowship

Monday, February 22nd, 2016


The FINESSE project is pleased to announce that Dr. Alexander Sehlke started his NASA post-doctoral fellowship at NASA Ames Research Center in February 2016. His research will focus on the physical and thermal properties of the rocks (e.g., rock chemistry, crystallinity, density and viscosity, heat capacity, thermal diffusivity) to reconstruct the rheological properties of the lavas erupted at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho, which govern the development of the diverse lava flow morphologies observed in the area. Alex’s research on the volcanic rocks of Idaho will serve as analogs for similar rocks found on our Moon.  This work is a continuation of Alexander’s PhD work at the University of Missouri – Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Alan Whittington, where he studied the rheological evolution of lavas erupted on Earth and other planets and Moons in order to correlate lava rheology to lava flow surface morphology.

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