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Trinity University's Center for Science and Innovation; The Cube Room

A Whirlwind Journey of New Findings in the Solar System
Danielle Wyrick, Ph.D., Space Science and Engineering Division; SwRI
Trinity University’s Center for Science and Innovation; The Cube Room
May 2nd, 2017; 6:00 PM

Abstract: The last decade of space exploration has changed the paradigm of how we view planetary bodies in our solar system. New findings from Mercury to Pluto and all points in between have thrown previous hypotheses of planetary formation back for reconsideration. These new discoveries challenge our assumptions on how rocks work under extreme temperature and pressure conditions, as well as baffle and delight with new imagery of weird and wonderful terrains. This talk will be a whirlwind tour of the solar system, visiting with most of our stellar neighbors to catch up on the current state of the science and where we are headed next.

Biography: Dr. Wyrick is a planetary geologist with a background in structural geology, volcanic-tectonic interactions, and fluid/gas migration through fractured systems. Her research includes quantitative and qualitative analyses of the origins of geologic and tectonic features and processes on terrestrial planets and their satellites. She has experience in comparative planetary geology, remote sensing, regional tectonics, and fault growth and fracturing processes.
Dr. Wyrick’s research includes investigating faulting and tectonics on Mars, Ganymede, and other planetary bodies such as Eros and Vesta. Her current Martian research involves mapping fault networks to quantify their anisotropic effect on groundwater pathways, performing discrete element modeling of igneous intrusion and related tectonic processes, and physical analog modeling experiments of dike intrusion and crustal shortening. She has analyzed Martian pit crater chains, using a combination of physical analog experiments, discrete element modeling, and field investigations, resulting in a new interpretation of the origins of these features. Her research on icy moons includes physical analog modeling of Ganymede’s grooved terrain development and fault-impact crater interaction, as well as investigating fluid and volatile migration through fault networks on Europa. Dr. Wyrick also researches small terrestrial solar system bodies, including discrete element modeling of regolith material properties on the asteroid Eros and structural analyses of the planetoid Vesta to characterize its geologic history.

$25 for Members with Reservations
$35 for Members without Reservations/Non-members
Free for Student Members (Sponsored by CoreLabs)
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May 2nd, 2017 6:00 PM   through   8:00 PM
Student Union Building (SU) 2.01.28
UTSA Main Campus
San Antonio, TX 78247
United States
STGS Meeting Fee
Member Fee $ 25.00
Non-Member Fee $ 30.00
Pay at Door $ 0.00
Student Fee $ 0.00

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