Frances Rivera-Hernandez

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a planetary geologist, and broadly, my research aims to reconstruct planetary surface processes and climate, in particular for Earth and Mars, by integrating sedimentologic, geomorphic, and spectroscopic observations from field studies, lab experiments, and remote sensing data-sets with numerical models. My past and current research spans from the large scale (landscapes) to the small (individual sediment grains) and falls within the following general categories: i) characterizing modern depositional environments on Earth, ii) reconstructing paleo-environments on Mars, iii) planetary geomorphology, and iv) thermal infrared spectroscopy and radiative transfer modeling. I enjoy thinking about research problems in new and creative ways that require a multi-disciplinary approach, and am eager to collaborate with other scientists. 

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225 Fairchild Hall
HB 6105


  • B.S. Astronomy, University of Wyoming, 2009
  • B.S. Geology, University of Wyoming, 2009
  • M.S. Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, 2014
  • Ph.D. Geology, University of California, Davis, 2018