Amanda Claire Stadermann
Lunar and Planetary Geologist

I study the geochemistry and petrology of
various Moon rocks to understand their origins.

I lie under starlit sky
And the seasons change in the blink of an eye
I watch as the planets turn
And the old stars die and the young stars burn

Lord Huron

I'm a PhD candidate studying lunar petrology and geochemistry. I study a variety of rocks, from impact breccias to basalts. I like studying rocks because they are a physical portion of a larger process, such as lunar volcanism or impact cratering. By using multiple analytical techniques, particularly electron microscopy, I gain geochemical, structural, and mineralogical information from the rocks I study.