I am a research associate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. My research interests include remote sensing of planetary surfaces, machine learning analysis of large data observation sets, and modeling of processes that create geological surfaces. All the while enabling access and reproducibility of science with the means of Open Access, Open Science, and Open Source. I am the PI of a NASA proposal to create an updated version of the Cassini UVIS dataset, and a Co-I of several projects in the fields of polar Mars, Saturn rings, and Venus imaging science. I also serve as a repeat reviewer of NASA proposals and mission data sets to be archived in the Planetary Data System (PDS).

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  • Planetary Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Open Science/Access/Source
  • PhD in High Energy Astrophysics, 2005

    University of Durham, UK

  • Diploma in Physics (Astronomy, High Energy Physics), 1999

    University of Heidelberg, Germany

  • Pre-Diploma in Physics, 1995

    University of Konstanz, Germany


LASP (CU Boulder)
Research Associate
Dec 2014 – Present Colorado

Projects include:

  • Co-I NASA programs MDAP / CDAP / PDART / Akatsuki Participating Scientist
  • Deputy Camera Lead for Venus Discovery Proposal (not selected)
University of California, Los Angeles
Aug 2012 – Nov 2014 California
Calibration of LRO Diviner instrument.
Physikalisches Institut, University of Bern, Switzerland
Deputy Project Manager
Apr 2008 – Jul 2012 Switzerland

Projects include:

  • Deputy Project Manager for BepiColombo’s laser altimeter BeLA
  • Mars Polar Research using MRO HiRISE data
Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research
Research Scientist
Feb 2005 – Mar 2008 Katlenburg-Lindau (now Goettingen), Germany

Projects include:

  • High level operation software for Dawn Framing Cameras (FCs)
  • All ground operations for FCs during phase C/D
  • Lead for commissioning activities

Recent Publications

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SpiceyPy: a Pythonic Wrapper for the SPICE Toolkit. Journal of Open Source Software, 2020.
Evidence for ultra-cold traps and surface water ice in the lunar south polar crater Amundsen. Icarus, 2019.
Geophysical CO2 Gas Jet Modeling: Initial Set-Up. LPI Contributions, 2019.
Laboratory investigations of the physical state of CO2 ice in a simulated Martian environment. Icarus, 2019.