EPSC 2015 – Small Bodies

Probably the most exciting aspect of EPSC 2015 for me was the coming of age of geological science for the two new kids on the block, the comet 67P and the dwarf planet Ceres. Data interpretations were necessarily pretty tentative…

Credit: @EPSC2012

I’m fresh back from the European Planetary Science Congress in Nantes, France, which was a really excellent event this year. Not only did we hear a whole slew of new research findings, but, because it was run alongside an interactive…

Such silence, I know! I’ve been rather busy writing this little thing called a thesis – but here’s a 3 minute summary of what I’ve discovered about the planet Mercury. A great feat of simplification, but I hope it will…

New paper: Long-lived Explosive Volcanism on Mercury

My new paper showing explosive volcanism as recently as a billion years ago is now in press with Geophysical Research Letters! This is big news – most volcanism on Mercury occurred around 4.1 – 3.5 billion years ago and though…

Artist's impression of debris around a white dwarf star (Source: NASA)

Professor Boris Gäniscke from Warwick University came by to give a seminar yesterday and sparked my interest with his findings from looking at white dwarfs: by looking at the chemistry of these old, burned out stars, he can find out…

Vents and channels in the Cerberus Plains of Mars

My research on Mars is finally in print, in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets! You can view it here, but here’s what I found in a nutshell. The Cerberus Plains are one of the youngest surfaces on Mars: parts of…

Hollows on the floor of the crater Sander

The evidence keeps on mounting that Mercury, once thought dry and dead, actually has a load of volatile substances like water and sulphides within it and on its surface.  It was big news a few months ago that several lines…

At last!  Global image coverage of Mercury

This week I’m at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, soaking up the new knowledge and offering up my own findings on Mercury.  I gave my presentation yesterday – without a hitch, happily! So what’s new…