Mars Bonneville Crater
Titans Lakes

Research Associate

Dan Lalich
B.S. Astronomy with Physics minor, Case Western Reserve University (2012)
Ph.D., Geoscience, University of Texas at Austin (2017)

Dan’s research has focused primarily on recent climate variability on Mars, particularly the affect of changing orbital conditions on surface ice deposits, and plans to apply these methods to help answer questions about Titan’s surface evolution using Cassini data, as well as continuing to investigate recent Mars history.

Using the SHARAD orbital sounding radar, he developed techniques for estimating the composition of individual layers within the Martian north polar ice cap, with the eventual goal of using these layers as a climate record. Recently, he has also used data from NASA’s Operation IceBridge to detect recent changes in the flow velocity of the Greenland Ice Sheet.