Zachary Robert Morse

Zachary Robert Morse

  • POSTDOC RESEARCH SCIENTIS
  • 301.614.6922
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 698
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: HOWARD UNIV
  • Brief Bio

    Zach Morse is a posdoctoral research scientist with the NASA Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Remote In-situ and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration 2 (RISE2) Team.  The goal of Zach's research is to help prepare for future eploration of the lunar surface by testing handheld instrumentation and operational procedures here on Earth.  The RISE2 team will conduct a series of field deployements to terrestrial locations which host geology that is analogous to the lunar surface.  By conducting these high-fidelity practice field exercises, the RISE2 team plans to develop the most efficient methods for future astronauts to employ when collecting data and samples on the surface of the Moon.

    Positions/Employment

    2020 - Present

    Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Howard University | NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, Maryland
    2019 - 2020

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Department of Earth Sciences - Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
    2015 - 2017

    Academic Program Designer

    Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) - Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
    2014 - 2018

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Department of Earth Sciences - Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
    2013 - 2018

    Teaching Assistant

    Department of Earth Sciences – Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

    Education

    2018 - Ph.D. Geology & Planetary Science, Centre for Planetary and Space Exploration, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario

    Thesis Title:  Morphologic Mapping of Lunar Impact Basins

    2013 - B.Sc. Geology Minor: GIS & Remote Sensing, Eberly College of Arts and Science, West Virginia University

    Awards

    2018 - Fallona Family Interdisciplinary Research Showcase Presentation Award - Third Place

    2017 - NASA SSERVI Exploration Science Forum Student Poster Award - Second Place

    2017 - Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration Outstanding Outreach Volunteer Award

    2015 - Canadian Space Agency Recognition for Contributions to the 2015 CanMars Mars Sample Return Analogue Rover Mission

    Special Experience

    2019 - Science Lead for the 2019 Canadian Space Agency CanMoon Analogue Lunar Rover Mission

    2017 - Assistant CIPP for NASA HiRISE Cycle 273

    2016 - GIS & Mapping Lead for the 2016 Canadian Space Agency / CREATE CanMars Mars Sample Return Analogue Mission

    2015 - GIS & Mapping Lead for the 2015 Canadian Space Agency / CREATE CanMars Mars Sample Return Analogue Mission

    Publications

    Refereed

    Morse, Z. R., E. Harrington, P. J. Hill, et al. P. Christoffersen, J. Newman, B.-H. Choe, L. L. Tornabene, C. Caudill, and G. R. Osinski. 2019. "The use of GIS, mapping, and immersive technologies in the CanMars Mars Sample Return analogue mission; advantages for science interpretation and operational decision-making." Planetary and Space Science, 168: 15-26 [10.1016/j.pss.2019.01.001]

    Morse, Z. R., G. R. Osinski, and L. L. Tornabene. 2018. "New morphological mapping and interpretation of ejecta deposits from Orientale Basin on the Moon." Icarus, 299: 253-271 [10.1016/j.icarus.2017.08.010]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Developing an Augmented Reality Application for Enhanced Geologic Outcrop Analysis (15-minute)

    12 / 4 / 2020

    Dr. Morse was invited to give a 15-minute version of this presentation at the 2020 CRESST 2 Annual Retreat

    Other

    Developing an Augmented Reality Application for Enhanced Geologic Outcrop Analysis (3-minute e-Lightning Talk)

    12 / 15 / 2020

    A 3-minute e-Lightening talk given in the Planetary Analogs session at the 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting.

    Developing an Augmented Reality Application for Enhanced Geologic Outcrop Analysis (10 minute)

    11 / 10 / 2020

    A 10-minute presentation at the 2020 Goddard Early Career Scientist Forum

    CanMoon Analogue Mission Tactical Science Team:  Scientific Instrumentation and Decision Making During a High Fidelity Realtime Lunar Analogue Mission [#1253]

    2020

    2020 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) - Abstract #1253

    CanMoon Analogue Mission Pre-Mission Remote Sensing and Traverse Planning [#1254]

    2020

    2020 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) - Abstract #1254

    2019 CanMoon Tactical Science Team:  Real-Time Instrument Use and Coordination During a Lunar Sample Return Analogue Mission

    2019

    2019 Lunar Exploration and Analysis Group (LEAG) Annual Meeting - Abstract / Poster #5047

    Overview of the 2019 CSA-LEAD CanMoon Lunar Sample Return Analogue Mission (NESF2019-071)

    2019

    2019 NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Exploration Science Forum - NESF2019-071

    Traverse Planning withing Schrodinger Basin in Support of a Canadian Contribution to the Proposed HERACLES Mission [#2886]

    2019

    2019 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference - Abstract #: 2886

    A Canadian Science Maturation Study for a Lunar Precursor Rover to Schrodinger Basin (NESF2018-091)

    2018

    2018 NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Exploration Science Forum Poster / Abstract NESF2018-091

    Mapping and Analysis of Tsiolkovsky Crater Ejecta [#2196]

    2018

    2018 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) - Abstract / Poster # 2196

    Mapping and Analysis of Ejecta Deposits from Orientale Basin on the Moon

    2017

    2017 NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Exploration Science Forum 2017 Abstract / Poster

    New Morphologic Map and Analysis of Orientale Basin Ejecta

    2017

    2017 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) Abstract / Talk # 2299

    Use of Digital Terrain Models and Immersive Technology in the 2016 CanMars Analogue Mission

    2017

    2017 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) Abstract / Poster # 2318

    Use of Immersive Technologies in the 2015 CANMARS Analogue Mission

    2016

    2016 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) Abstract / Poster # 2306

    2015 CANMARS MSR Analogue Mission: GIS and Mapping Results

    2016

    2016 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) Abstract / Poster # 2287

    New Map of Orientale Basin Ejecta and Comparison Ejected Lowland and Highland Material

    2015

    2015 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) Abstract / Talk # 2608.

    Analysis of Orientale Distal Ejecta for Evidence of Multistage Emplacement

    2014

    2014 NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Exploration Science Forum Abstract / Poster

    Analysis of Orientale Basin Ejecta and Evidence for Multistage Emplacement

    2014

    2014 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) Abstract / Poster # 2360

    Brief Bio

    Zach Morse is a posdoctoral research scientist with the NASA Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Remote In-situ and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration 2 (RISE2) Team.  The goal of Zach's research is to help prepare for future eploration of the lunar surface by testing handheld instrumentation and operational procedures here on Earth.  The RISE2 team will conduct a series of field deployements to terrestrial locations which host geology that is analogous to the lunar surface.  By conducting these high-fidelity practice field exercises, the RISE2 team plans to develop the most efficient methods for future astronauts to employ when collecting data and samples on the surface of the Moon.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Morse, Z. R., E. Harrington, P. J. Hill, et al. P. Christoffersen, J. Newman, B.-H. Choe, L. L. Tornabene, C. Caudill, and G. R. Osinski. 2019. "The use of GIS, mapping, and immersive technologies in the CanMars Mars Sample Return analogue mission; advantages for science interpretation and operational decision-making." Planetary and Space Science 168 15-26 [10.1016/j.pss.2019.01.001]

    Morse, Z. R., G. R. Osinski, and L. L. Tornabene. 2018. "New morphological mapping and interpretation of ejecta deposits from Orientale Basin on the Moon." Icarus 299 253-271 [10.1016/j.icarus.2017.08.010]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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