Our current understanding of geological processes is heavily based on our knowledge of these processes on Earth. As such a lot of my work involves comparison to terrestrial analogues. My research centers on the morphology of the craters formed by asteroid and comet impact. I include fieldwork (mapping, seismics and drilling) at impact craters on Earth to validate my computer models of impact and to learn more about craters beneath the surface. The Moon also provides an important starting point with which to understand the wide variety of different crater morphologies present in the solar system. The relatively pristine craters show a wide variety of impact melt and ejecta patterns for study! A lot of my work involves comparing impact melt distribution and crater morphology on the Moon to other bodies, especially Mars and Jupiter's icy moons.
Email: vjbray AT lpl.arizona.edu
Office Phone: (1) 520 626 1967
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory,
1541 E. University Blvd.,
Tucson, AZ 85721