Current Postdoctoral Researchers in Planetary Geology and Geomechanics

Amanda Nahm

Dr. Amanda Nahm completed her BA in Geology and a minor in Astronomy at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006, advised by Dr. Robert Pappalardo (now at JPL). In 2010, she completed her Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Nevada, Reno, advised by Dr. Richard Schultz (now at ConocoPhillips). Her dissertation, entitled "Geomechanical and tectonic investigations into the geologic history of Mars at local, regional, and global scales" combined structural geology and geomechanics to determine physical properties of the Burns Formation, investigate the formation of the Thaumasia Highlands, Mars, and to evaluate the hypothesis of Martian global contraction.

Between 2010 and 2011, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, TX where she performed forward mechanical modeling of topography of normal faults in Orientale Basin and of Rupes Recta. From 2011–2013 she was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where she worked with Dr. Bridget Smith-Konter on strike-slip faulting on Europa. She also taught several introductory undergraduate geology classes while at UTEP.

Amanda started as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Idaho in June 2013. Her projects involve the development of a characterization and classification schemes for tectonic structures on Enceladus and Dione, structural analysis of tectonic features on both Enceladus and Dione, and investigation of radial dikes on Mars.

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