Dr. Rhiannon G. Mayne
My research is is driven by the question of how planetary bodies differentiate. In order to better understand this process, I look to the asteroid belt for answers. The asteroid belt contains objects almost unchanged since their formation in the very early history of our Solar System. They preserve the processes occurring at that time, of which differentiation was one. I primarily study the mineralogy and geochemistry of asteroidal meteorites, but my research also includes both laboratory-collected spectra, and ground-based telescope data.
My primary teaching responsibilities include Evolution and Exploration of the Solar System (GEOL/PHYS 30163) and Meteorites, Asteroids, and Planets (GEOL/PHYS 50813). I also often teach Understanding the Earth (GEOL 10113) and supervise the teaching assistants who instruct the laboratory portion of this course.
I am the Curator of the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Collection and Gallery on campus. The Monnig Meteorite Collection is one of the world’s largest university-based meteorite collections and, as its curator, I am responsible for the growth and preservation of the collection, as well as numerous outreach projects in the local community. I am also one of the advisors for the BS in Geology.