Rhianna Moore

Rhianna  Moore
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Office: JGB

Rhianna Moore is a planetary geologist and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, in the Planetary Surface Processes (PSP) Group . She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee in 2022, and her undergraduate studies at Purdue University in 2017. Rhianna is interested in studying surface processes of planetary bodies, and how surface deposits are influenced by aqueous and volcanic processes. Generally, this includes how aqueous processes transform landscapes and alter rock mineralogy over time; how water and volcanic systems interact in surface environments (i.e., hydrothermalism); applied planetology and terrestrial analogs; and using mission data to map and interpret areas of geological interest.

Areas of Expertise

planetary science, geochemistry, geomorphology, sedimentology

Current Research Programs & Projects

Physical and structural characteristics of clay stratigraphies on Mars

Select Past Research

Sulfur mineralogy in hydrothermal sediments on Earth with application to Gusev crater, Mars

Aqueous sulfate fluxes in Hawaii and Iceland with application to Meridiani Planum, Mars

Mapping lava channels and tubes in the volcanic plains of Tharsis, Mars