Research Overview


We use spectroscopy in the lab and on space-based missions to constrain the composition of planetary surfaces and atmospheres.


Remote sensing thermophysical investigations enable the detailed characterization of surface physical properties.

Surface Processes

Planetary surface processes modify the physical expression of features. We use morphology, composition, and thermophysics to help constrain processes active today and in the past.

Instrument Development

Building new instruments helps answer pressing questions in planetary science.

Participate on Active Missions

Work with imagery, chemistry, and thermophysical data onboard the

Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Participating Scientist and Science Team Member

Develop spaceflight hardware, collaborate internationally, and work with data generated by the Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer (EMIRS) instrument onboard the

Emirates Mars Mission – Hope Orbiter EMIRS Instrument Scientist

Use high resolution mineralogical and morphological data from CRISM, CTX, and HiRISE onboard the

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Research and Analysis Supported Grants

Examine high resolution mineralogical and thermophysical data from THEMIS onboard the

2001 Mars Odyssey THEMIS Science Team Co-Investigator

Combine spectroscopy and morphology on rover-scales using the

Mars Exploration Rovers Mini-TES Science Team Collaborator

Conduct global-scale spectral investigations with TES onboard the

Mars Global Surveyor TES Science Team Collaborator, MOC, MOLA

Research Group Members

Contact Information


Phone: +1-928-523-7234

Mailing Address:
Northern Arizona University
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Attn: Christopher Edwards
PO BOX 6010
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Delivery Address:
Northern Arizona University
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Attn: Christopher Edwards
527 S. Beaver St.
Building 19, Room 209
Flagstaff, AZ 86011