Douglas A. Howard
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
I am currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee where I am a member of the Planetary Geosciences Institute (PGI). I am also a member of the NASA Mars Odyssey Thermal Infrared Emission Imaging Spectrometer (THEMIS) science team working on various mineralogical and geochemistry problems. Additionally, my terrestrial geological research takes me to the field in Antarctica, Iceland, and most recently to the Altai Mountains of Siberia, where I study the fluvial geomorphology of jökulhlaup paleofloods, their link to paleoclimates, and model the hydraulics of these tremendous catastrophic outbursts. I then use these models to apply to similar landforms that we observe from remote sensing on Mars and other planetary bodies. I am also a co-investigator on an NSF project in Northwestern Belize working with a multidisciplinary international team of scientists on problems related to Mayan occupation in this region. We are particularly interested in the wetlands that were used in agricultural practices during Mayan occupation.
I am also the Principal Investigator for a geophysical technologies and methodology research and development project that focuses on forensic geological applications. Dr. Gregory S. Baker (UT) and I co-lead this project and support 3 graduate students.
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
1412 Circle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-1410
Phone: (865) 974-6008
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