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Hynek, Brian Michael Associate Professor

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Research

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  • My overarching research theme continues to be geological processes that have affected the terrestrial planets. I have continued studies of water on Mars through hydrologic, geologic, and geomorphic analyses of the valley networks and deltas. A second main area of research involves the geochemical history of Mars. Recent field campaigns to Central American volcanoes were completed to assess the geochemical pathways of chemical alteration and microbiology. We are also completing laboratory experiments and geochemical modeling that represent this natural system and similar environments on Mars. Planetary geologic mapping represents another area of research. I have expanded my research directions into microbiology of extremophiles and unmanned aerial surveys (UAS/drone) of Mars analog field sites, enabled by new grant awards from CU in 2018. I also co-led Mars analog fieldwork in Patagonia in Sept. 2018 and ended the year in Antarctica collecting meteorites for NASA.

keywords

  • Mars geology, planetary fluvial geomorphology, impact craters, planetary surface processes, volcanology, astrobiology

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ASTR 2040 The Search for Life in the Universe (Spring 2019)
  • ASTR 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 2040 The Search for Life in the Universe (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 3050 GIS for Geologists (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 4862 Geology Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 5150 Planetary Field Geology (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 5800 Planetary Surfaces and Interiors (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 5862 Geology Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • ASTR 5835 Seminar in Planetary Science (Fall 2018)
  • ASTR 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • ATOC 5835 Seminar in Planetary Science (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 5835 Seminar in Planetary Science (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6960 Plan II Master's Research (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • ASTR 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 6960 Plan II Master's Research (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Summer 2018)
  • ASTR 5800 Planetary Surfaces and Interiors (Spring 2018)
  • ASTR 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 3050 GIS for Geologists (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 4862 Geology Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 5150 Planetary Field Geology (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 5800 Planetary Surfaces and Interiors (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 5862 Geology Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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