Venus Working Group presents at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Monday, March 27, 2017

At the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas

From left to right: Dr. Richard Ernst, Erin Bethell, Calder Patterson and Jamie Graff


by Scientist in Residence Dr. Richard Ernst 


Last week, our Venus Working Group enjoyed the warm weather and impressive scientific and networking opportunities at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. This annual event features the latest in planetary science and is attended by scientists from all over the world. 

On Monday, the first day of the conference, we had a special session on “Large Igneous Provinces and Planetary Magmatism”, which was co-convened by Professor Tracy Gregg (SUNY Buffalo) and Scientist in Residence Richard Ernst. The size of the audience varied from 100 to over 200. Dr. Ernst gave the opening presentation on “Applying a Large Igneous Provinces Context to Planetary Intraplate Magmatism”.

Ph.D. candidate Erin Bethell gave a presentation on “Detailed Mapping of Graben-Fissure Systems Associated with Fatua Corona, Venus: Implications for Magmatism and the Regional Stress Field”. Erin is co-supervised by Drs. Richard Ernst and Claire Samson. Recent M.Sc. graduate Jamie Graff presented his research on “Local Triple-Junction Rifting Along Parga Chasma on Venus”.

On Thursday, 3rd year student Calder Patterson made an ‘impact‘ with his poster presentation on “Reassessing the Size and Morphology of the Haughton Impact Structure”. Calder began researching the Haughton Impact Structure during his summer internship at the Lunar and Planetary Institute last year. 


Enjoying the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference