Gavin Tolometti

I am conducting research for my 5-year PhD at the University of Western, Ontario. My thesis topic investigates the relationship between the surface textures, geochemistry, and petrography of the lavas located at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, Idaho. The surface roughness of lava flows from Craters of the Moon are analogous to some impact melt flows created by lunar impact cratering processes, and rough Martian lava flows. As of 2018, my research expanded to studying the physical and chemical properties of terrestrial and Apollo impact melt rocks, and the surface roughness-petrographic relationship of the Holuhraun lava flow in Iceland.


 Images to the right were taken from my field site at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve. Field assistant during the high fidelity Mars analog sample return mission CanMars 2016, funded by the Canadian Space Agency. A part of the HiRISE cycle 273 planning team at Western University, ESA Rosetta mission concept workshop in Redu, Belgium. Folding man-made lava at Syracuse University. Visiting the robotics laboratory at the Johnson Space Center during my graduate internship at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

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