Dr. Carolyn Crow
Assistant Professor
Geological Sciences


I am a cosmochemist and planetary scientist. My research focuses on understanding the evolution of planetary crusts through geochemical analyses of samples. I have worked with samples ranging from lunar rocks returned by the Apollo astronauts, Martian meteorites, and samples from the Vredefort impact basin in South Africa. In the next decade, multiple missions will return samples from asteroids, the Moon, and Mars. Analyses of these materials will lead to ground breaking discoveries about our closest planetary neighbors and are bound to revolutionize how we think about our place in the solar system. Part of my research also supports Nuclear Forensics projects in support of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).


Geochronology, Cosmochemistry, Planetary Science, Geochemistry, Moon, Impact Crater, Space Weathering

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Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (Geochemistry) 2015
  • M.S., University of California, Los Angeles (Geochemistry) 2012
  • B.S., University of Maryland (Astronomy)