Dr Kerri Donaldson Hanna

Postdoctural Research; UK Space Agency Aurora Research Fellow


1999 - B. S. Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology
2010 - M. S. Geological Sciences, Brown University
2013 - Ph.D. Geological Sciences, Brown University

Academic Background

University of Oxford   UKSA Aurora Research Fellow                      2015 – Present
University of Oxford   Postdoctoral Research Fellow                        2013 – 2015
Brown University        Visiting Scientist                                             2013 – Present
Brown University        Postdoctoral Research Fellow                       2013

Undergraduate Teaching

Senior laboratory demonstrator in third year physics undergraduate lab.

Research Interests

Kerri’s research focuses on understanding the formation and evolution of planetary crusts of airless bodies like the Moon, Mercury and asteroids.  She pursues this research interest using several methods including: (1) obtaining telescopic observations of these objects, (2) analysing and interpreting telescopic observations and spacecraft observations of these objects, and (3) making laboratory measurements of airless body analogues to compare with the remote sensing observations.  Kerri is also interested in understanding the effects of the near surface conditions of airless bodies on their thermal infrared signature and how to best simulate that in the laboratory. 

Publications include:

Allen, C. C., B. T. Greenhagen, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, and D. A. Paige (2012), Analysis of lunar pyroclastic deposit FeO abundances by LRO Diviner, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, E00H28, DOI 

Cheek, L., K. Donaldson Hanna, C. Pieters, J. Head, and J. Whitten (2013), The distribution and purity of anorthosite across the Orientale basin: New perspectives from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper data, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, DOI 

Donaldson Hanna, K. L., M. B. Wyatt, I. R. Thomas, N. E. Bowles, B. T. Greenhagen, A. Maturilli, J. Helbert, and D. A. Paige (2012), Thermal infrared emissivity measurements under a simulated lunar environment: Application to the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, E00H05, DOI

Donaldson Hanna, K. L., I. R. Thomas, N. E. Bowles, B. T. Greenhagen, C. M. Pieters, J. F. Mustard, C. R. M. Jackson, and M. B. Wyatt (2012), Laboratory emissivity measurements of the plagioclase solid solution series under varying environmental conditions, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, E11004, DOI 

Donaldson Hanna, K. L., L. C. Cheek, C. M. Pieters, J. F. Mustard, B. T. Greenhagen, I. R. Thomas, and N. E. Bowles (2014), Global assessment of pure crystalline plagioclase across the Moon and implications for the evolution of the primary crust, Journal of Geophysical Research, 119, DOI 

Donaldson Hanna, K. L., B. T. Greenhagen, W. R. Patterson III, C. M. Pieters, J. F. Mustard, N. E. Bowles, D. A. Paige, T. D. Glotch, and C. Thompson (2017), Effects of varying environmental conditions on emissivity spectra of bulk lunar soils: Application to Diviner thermal infrared observations of the Moon, Icarus, 283, 326-342, DOI

Elder, C., P. Hayne, J. Bandfield, R. Ghent, J-P. Williams, K. Donaldson Hanna, and D. Paige (2016), Young Lunar Volcanic Features: Thermophysical Properties and Formation, Icarus, 290, 224-237, DOI 

Glotch, T. D., P. G. Lucey, J. L. Bandfield, B. T. Greenhagen, I. R. Thomas, R. C. Elphic, N. Bowles, M. B. Wyatt, C. C. Allen, K. Donaldson Hanna, and D. A. Paige (2010), Highly silicic compositions on the Moon, Science, 329, DOI 

Greenhagen, B. T., P. G. Lucey, M. B. Wyatt, T. D. Glotch, C. C. Allen, J. A. Arnold, J. L. Bandfield, N. E. Bowles, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, P. O. Hayne, E. Song, I. R. Thomas, and D. A. Paige (2010), Global silicate mineralogy of the Moon from the Diviner Lunar Radiometer, Science, 329, DOI

Lucey, P., B. Greenhagen, E. Song, J. A. Arnold, M. Lemelin, K. Donaldson Hanna, N. E. Bowles, T. D. Glotch, and D. A. Paige (2017), Space weathering effects in Diviner Lunar Radiometer multispectral infrared measurements of the lunar Christensen feature: Characteristics and mitigation, Icarus, 283, 343-351, DOI

Pernet-Fisher, J. F., K. H. Joy, D. J. P. Martin, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, and the Edinburgh Ion Microprobe Facility (EIMF) (2016), Shock state of the lunar highlands: Implications for the petrogenesis of the crustal anorthosite suite, Scientific Reports, 7, DOI 

Pieters, C. M., K. Donaldson Hanna, L. Cheek, D. Dhingra, T. Prissel, C. Jackson, D. Moriarty, S. Parman, and L. A. Taylor (2014), The distribution and origin of Mg-spinel on the Moon, American Mineralogist, Lunar Highlands Special Issue, DOI

Sprague, A. L., J. P. Emery, K. L. Donaldson, R. W. Russell, D. K. Lynch, and A. L. Mazuk (2002), Mercury: Mid-infrared (3-13.5 microns) observations show heterogeneous composition, presence of intermediate and basic soil types, and pyroxene, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 37, 1255-1268.

Sprague, A. L., K. L. Donaldson Hanna, R. W. H. Kozlowski, J. Helbert, A. Maturilli, J. B. Warell, and J. L. Hora (2009), Spectral emissivity measurements of Mercury’s surface indicate Mg- and Ca-rich mineralogy, K-spar, Na-rich plagioclase, rutile, with possible perovskite, and garnet, Planetary and Space Science, 57, 364-383.

Thomas, I., B. Greenhagen, N. Bowles, K. Donaldson Hanna, J. Temple, and S. Calcutt (2012), A new experimental setup for making thermal emission measurements in a simulated lunar environment, Review of Scientific Instruments, 83, 124502, DOI


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