Caitlin Ahrens

Olney, MD, US
Field of Work 
Astronomy and Space Science
 
Planetary Geology
Company 
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Job Title or "Student" 
Postdoctoral research scientist
Education 
University of Arkansas, West Virginia University
Degree 
BS Physics, Geology; PhD in Space Science
Education Level 
PhD
Profile Biography 
I am a planetary geologist and a postdoctoral fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. My job is mostly researching the ices at the lunar poles, and ice geology and volcanism on other moons and planets throughout the solar system. I am a member on the Diviner Science Team as part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which looks at the temperatures on the Moon.

I am from West Virginia, and received my BS degrees in Physics and Geology at West Virginia University. I then received my PhD in Space and Planetary Science from the University of Arkansas. After my PhD, I moved to Maryland for my postdoc to work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. I am an outreach advocate and science communicator, and have received the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Americans award presented by the U.S. Junior Chamber.
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Poetry, Reading, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model 1-2 times.
Availability 
Evenings, Weekdays
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
AWIS
Other Interests 
Arts and crafts

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