Contact Information

David Ferrill, Ph.D.
(210) 522-6082

Planetary Geosciences

image: Mars


image: Ganymede


image: Eros


A cross-disciplinary team of geologists and planetary scientists is tackling some of the complex questions in planetary geology. Our technical expertise, technologies, and laboratory capabilities allow Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) scientists to conduct research ranging from computer modeling to field investigations. Specific areas of research include:


Ganymede (an icy moon of Jupiter)

Eros (a near-Earth asteroid)

Major Areas of Expertise

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Related Terminology

planetary geology  •  Ganymede  •  Eros  •  Mars  •  planetary sciences  •  planetary geosciences  •  structural analysis  •  Martian crust  •  geologic investigations  •  groundwater flow  •  surface water gas  •  physical analog modeling  •  computer modeling  •  geophysical surveys  •  geological analyses  •  terrestrial analogs  •  Ganymede's icy crust  •  pit chain formation  •  Pellas-Ryder award

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.