About Marissa

I am a noble gas geochemist and geomorphologist interested in understanding the physical and chemical processes shaping planetary surfaces.

My research centers on the development and application of geochemical techniques involving noble gases to understand:

  • how the Earth’s climate changed during the Quaternary
  • how tectonic and geomorphic processes interact to create topography
  • the mechanics of glacial and fluvial erosion
  • the impact history of the Moon and other planetary bodies in the inner Solar System

I also conduct basic experimental research on the kinetics of noble gas diffusion in minerals, which has broad significance across both Earth and planetary science disciplines. To learn more about my current research projects, click here.

I am currently a Research Fellow at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, University of Glasgow. I was previously a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis, and earned my Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science from UC Berkeley in July 2017. For additional information, please download a copy of my Curriculum Vitae.


Contact details:

Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Rankine Avenue, East Kilbride, G75 0QF, Scotland, UK
(+44) 0742 861 2925 (UK) 
(+1) 603 203 4976 (US)