Amanda Claire Stadermann
Lunar and Planetary Geochemist
I study the geochemistry and petrology of
various Moon rocks to understand their origins.
I am currently a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellow at NASA Johnson Space Center. My research to date has primarily focused on Apollo samples, characterizing their geochemistry, petrology, and mineralogy, to better understand the Moon's formation and evolution. I have also studied terrestrial impactites, and used remote sensing to understand the surfaces of the Moon and Mercury.
I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. My dissertation was titled "Investigations into Igneous Lithologies and Impact Processes in the Earth-Moon System." Throughout my research, I use a variety of microanalytical techniques, including electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and experimental petrology. A good portion of my work has utilized electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) or electron probe microanalysis (EPMA).