Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Mackenzie D Day

Mackenzie D Day
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2017
B.S., Geology, California Institute of Technology, 2012


Covering a broad range of topics under the thesis title Sedimentary Dynamics of Aeolian Systems on Earth and Mars , Mackenzie Day's research includes inter-planetary comparison of dunes, analysis of aeolian features on the surface of Mars, and the physics of aeolian bedform formation. Currently Mackenzie is in her fourth year of graduate school and plans to leave UT in May of 2017. She has been a member of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) science team since landing in 2012, and continues to stay active in Curiosity's daily operations. Mackenzie's current research projects include a study of subaqueous dunes in Nebraska, work on aeolian bedform comparison along the MSL rover Curiosity traverse, a study of ancient dune dynamics on the Colorado Plateau, and an assessment of how boundary conditions affect bedform interactions.