Research

Alex is a postdoctoral researcher interested in understanding the evolutionary, tectonic, geodynamic, and geophysical processes of solid planets. His work includes analyses of altimetry, gravity, geomorphology, and tectonics to determine the structure, surface, and internal evolution of solid planets. Alex is also interested in understanding the evolution of early life on Earth. Thus far, his research has focused on the investigation of the Earth, Moon, Mercury and Mars. Additionally, he has also been involved in the design, development, and implementation of planetary exploration missions.
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Service & Involvement

Speaker at MIT Commencement, 2012

Speaking at MIT Commencement, 2012

Alex has continually demonstrated a strong commitment to service through his leadership roles in student government, community service to help the homeless and raise money for cancer research, as President & CEO of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), and through legislative state and federal advocacy initiatives. Through these roles, Alex has gained considerable experienced in operating and managing >$1M budgets, non-profit management, event and large-scale conference planning, advocacy (university, local, state, and federal government), staff management, and organization planning and formation.
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Affiliations

Alex is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Arizona – Lunar & Planetary Laboratory (LPL) (transferred from Southwest Research Institute) and works with Professor Jeffrey C. Andrews-Hanna on investigating the surface and interior of planetary bodies using data from planetary missions, such as GRAIL and LRO.  Before working as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Andrews-Hanna, Alex was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), a research unit of Columbia University, where he worked with Director Sean Solomon on investigating interiors and surfaces of Mercury and the Moon on the MESSENGERGRAIL, and LRO missions. Prior to joining LDEO, Alex was a postdoctoral research associate and graduate student in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working with Professor Maria T. Zuber on the GRAIL & LRO missions. In 2013, he completed his Ph.D. in Planetary Geophysics and Geodynamics at the MIT  under the direction of Professor Maria T. Zuber. Alex’s thesis research has covered investigations of Martian crustal evolution, lava-flooded craters on the Moon, and the influence of water in the early thermal history of the Moon using data from past and current NASA missions.