Kelsey Evans Young

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Kelsey Evans Young

  • RESEARCH AST, PLANETARY STUDIES
  • 301.614.6749
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 698
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

     Kelsey Young’s research focuses on the development of handheld instrumentation for the exploration of Earth, the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. Her current research combines field work and planetary geologic studies in order to investigate NASA’s current and developing instrument and exploration technologies. She also has experience conducting field work in impact environments, both to evaluate exploration technologies and protocols and to investigate the Earth’s bombardment history through the radiometric dating of terrestrial impact structures.

    Research Interests

    Development of handheld instruments for space exploration

     

    Analog field work investigating surface processes on other planets

     

    Exploration technology field tests

     

    Studies of impact craters

     

    Positions/Employment

    7/2014 - Present

    Research Associate

    CRESST/University of Maryland, College Park , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory  
    7/2013 - 5/2014

    Graduate Student Research Associate

    Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration  
    7/2010 - 7/2013

    NASA Graduate Student Research Fellow

    Arizona State University/NASA Johnson Space Center, School of Earth and Space Exploration
    8/2009 - 7/2010

    Graduate Student Research Associate

    Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration  

    Education

    2014 - PhD – Geological Sciences, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

    2012 – M.S. – Geological Sciences, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

    2009 – B.S. – Geological Sciences, Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Geosciences, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

    Awards

    Fellowships:

    NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) Fellowship – Full funding for three years of graduate work – 2010-2013

    Science Foundation of Arizona Fellowship – Funding for half-year of graduate work, awarded for K-12 Outreach – 2009-2010

    Diversity Across the Curriculum Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship – Funding for half-year of graduate work – 2009-2010

    University Graduate Fellowship – Partial graduate funding – August 2009

    Awards:

    Wiley-Blackwell Award – Given for one of four best student oral presentations at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

    Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Career Development Award – Support for the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

    School of Earth and Space Exploration Merit Award – Spring 2011

    NASA Group Achievement Award: Awarded to the 2010 Desert-RATS Science Team – Awarded 2011

    Best Mapper Award – Boise State University Summer 2008 Field Camp

    Publications

    Refereed

    Bleacher, J. E., J. J. Hurtado, K. E. Young, J. J. Rice, and W. B. Garry. 2013. "The effect of different operations modes on science capabilities during the 2010 Desert RATS test: Insights from the geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 356-366 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.018]

    Hurtado, J. J., K. Young, J. E. Bleacher, W. B. Garry, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Field geologic observation and sample collection strategies for planetary surface exploration: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 344-355 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.015]

    Young, K., J. J. Hurtado, J. E. Bleacher, et al. W. B. Garry, S. Bleisath, J. Buffington, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Tools and technologies needed for conducting planetary field geology while on EVA: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 332-343 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.016]

    Young, K. E., M. C. van Soest, K. V. Hodges, et al. E. B. Watson, B. A. Adams, and P. Lee. 2013. "Impact thermochronology and the age of Haughton impact structure, Canada." Geophysical Research Letters, 40: 3836-3840 [doi:10.1002/grl.50745]

    Eppler, D., B. Adams, D. Archer, et al. G. Baiden, A. Brown, W. Carey, B. A. Cohen, C. Condit, C. Evans, C. Fortezzo, W. B. Garry, T. Graff, J. Gruener, J. Heldmann, K. Hodges, F. Horz, J. Hurtado, B. Hynek, P. Isaacson, C. Juranek, K. Klaus, D. Kring, N. Lanza, S. Lederer, G. Lofgren, M. Marinova, L. May, J. Meyer, D. Ming, B. Monteleone, C. Morisset, S. Noble, E. Rampe, J. Rice, J. Schutt, J. Skinner, C. M. Tewksbury-Christle, B. J. Tewksbury, A. Vaughan, A. Yingst, and K. Young. 2013. "Desert Research and Technology Studies (DRATS) 2010 science operations: Operational approaches and lessons learned for managing science during human planetary surface missions." Acta Astronautica, 90: 224-241 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.03.009]

    Ashley, J. W., M. S. Robinson, B. R. Hawke, et al. C. van der Bogert, H. Hiesinger, S. Hiroyuki, E. J. Speyerer, A. C. Enns, R. V. Wagner, K. E. Young, and K. N. Burns. 2012. "Geology of the King crater region: New insights into impact melt dynamics on the Moon." Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, 117 (E00H29): [10.1029/2011JE003990]

    Evans, C. A., M. J. Calaway, M. S. Bell, and K. E. Young. 2012. "GeoLab - A habitat-based laboratory for preliminary examination of geological samples." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 289-300 [10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.12.008]

    Brief Bio

     Kelsey Young’s research focuses on the development of handheld instrumentation for the exploration of Earth, the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. Her current research combines field work and planetary geologic studies in order to investigate NASA’s current and developing instrument and exploration technologies. She also has experience conducting field work in impact environments, both to evaluate exploration technologies and protocols and to investigate the Earth’s bombardment history through the radiometric dating of terrestrial impact structures.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Bleacher, J. E., J. J. Hurtado, K. E. Young, J. J. Rice, and W. B. Garry. 2013. "The effect of different operations modes on science capabilities during the 2010 Desert RATS test: Insights from the geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 356-366 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.018]

    Hurtado, J. J., K. Young, J. E. Bleacher, W. B. Garry, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Field geologic observation and sample collection strategies for planetary surface exploration: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 344-355 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.015]

    Young, K., J. J. Hurtado, J. E. Bleacher, et al. W. B. Garry, S. Bleisath, J. Buffington, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Tools and technologies needed for conducting planetary field geology while on EVA: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 332-343 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.016]

    Young, K. E., M. C. van Soest, K. V. Hodges, et al. E. B. Watson, B. A. Adams, and P. Lee. 2013. "Impact thermochronology and the age of Haughton impact structure, Canada." Geophysical Research Letters 40 3836-3840 [doi:10.1002/grl.50745]

    Eppler, D., B. Adams, D. Archer, et al. G. Baiden, A. Brown, W. Carey, B. A. Cohen, C. Condit, C. Evans, C. Fortezzo, W. B. Garry, T. Graff, J. Gruener, J. Heldmann, K. Hodges, F. Horz, J. Hurtado, B. Hynek, P. Isaacson, C. Juranek, K. Klaus, D. Kring, N. Lanza, S. Lederer, G. Lofgren, M. Marinova, L. May, J. Meyer, D. Ming, B. Monteleone, C. Morisset, S. Noble, E. Rampe, J. Rice, J. Schutt, J. Skinner, C. M. Tewksbury-Christle, B. J. Tewksbury, A. Vaughan, A. Yingst, and K. Young. 2013. "Desert Research and Technology Studies (DRATS) 2010 science operations: Operational approaches and lessons learned for managing science during human planetary surface missions." Acta Astronautica 90 224-241 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.03.009]

    Ashley, J. W., M. S. Robinson, B. R. Hawke, et al. C. van der Bogert, H. Hiesinger, S. Hiroyuki, E. J. Speyerer, A. C. Enns, R. V. Wagner, K. E. Young, and K. N. Burns. 2012. "Geology of the King crater region: New insights into impact melt dynamics on the Moon." Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets 117 (E00H29): [10.1029/2011JE003990]

    Evans, C. A., M. J. Calaway, M. S. Bell, and K. E. Young. 2012. "GeoLab - A habitat-based laboratory for preliminary examination of geological samples." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 289-300 [10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.12.008]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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