Hi, my name is Ryan. I am currently the Shoemaker Postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center. My research interests are, broadly, understanding the geologic history of Mars and how it has changed over time. More specifically, I do quantitative geomorphology, measuring the shape of surface features to infer past conditions. I also am interested in multivariate analysis and data processing. In other words, using computers to help humans make sense of large, complicated datasets.
I am a member of the ChemCam science team on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. I work on day-to-day rover operations, and on processing and interpreting ChemCam results.
When I’m not doing science, I like to write. I have always been fascinated by “other worlds”, be they distant planets, the ancient past, or fictional realms. I’m an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, and you can read my reviews of genre fiction of all types on the blog. You can also check out my former blog about planetary science here.
Recently, I have started to write fiction in earnest, and from time to time I will post about that on the blog as well. My current project is a historical fantasy novel based loosely on the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire.